The future: Bio based resins
As a result of global warming and the environmental push towards sustainable systems and greener products, bio-based resins offer the greatest potential for replacing/reducing paints and coatings based on fossil raw materials.
New resins vary in bio content, ranging from 30-100%. The most common plant sources for the production of bio resins are corn and soybean by-products from bio-diesel refinement. It is known that zirconium species may function the same way however further research is needed.
In conclusion, as we move towards greener resins, zirconium still offers unique properties as a cross linker in the coating formulation.