Coatings and Solutions

Luxfer MEL Technologies offers a wide variety of solutions with unparalleled quality and consistency, produced at both of our manufacturing plants in Manchester, England and Flemington, New Jersey. These two facilities allow us to offer the necessary service and responsiveness to meet the exact demands of our diverse customer base.

Our crosslinkers for the paper and paperboard industry (Bacote® and ZirmelTM) are formaldehyde-free, offer rapid curing and improved printability, with no adverse effect on optical properties. These products are approved under both FDA and BfR regulations as a component of paper and paperboard to be used in direct contact with aqueous, fatty and dry foods. They have become the crosslinker of choice in mills worldwide.

In addition, Luxfer MEL Technologies has a range of other reactive chemicals used in various applications including adhesives, printing inks, paints, pigments, surface coatings, metal treatment and catalysis, among many others. Our zirconium products exhibit improved adhesion promotion, scrub resistance, heat resistance and water repellent properties. Crosslinking and binding are the principal benefits of utilizing our zirconium solutions, and can be combined into any number of material formulations.

Bacote Series of products consist of a clear, aqueous, alkaline solution of stabilized ammonium zirconium carbonate, available in multiple concentrations.

Potential Applications

  1. Binder insolubilizer for paper and paperboard coatings, along with dry-laid non-woven materials
  2. Deposit Control in the wet-end of the paper-making process
  3. Strength additive for alkaline-sized paper
  4. Crosslinking agent in superabsorbent polymer systems
  5. Component of water-based inks, overprint varnishes, paints, adhesives, coatings, etc.
  6. Antimicrobial treatment for textiles and timber, especially for fixation of copper salts
  7. Component of textile, leather and paper water-repellent formulations
  8. Coagulant in the manufacturing of synthetic leather-cloth and non-wovens
  9. Metal pre-treatment coatings
  10. Precursor to zirconia (ZrO2) in catalyst systems
  11. Fiberglass wall coverings
  12. Crosslinker for polyvinyl alcohol (for neutral/basic conditions)

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Ammonium Zirconium Carbonate is a clear, aqueous, alkaline solution, available in multiple concentrations.

Potential Applications

  1. Binder insolubilizer for paper and paperboard coatings, along with dry-laid non-woven materials
  2. Deposit Control in the wet-end of the paper-making process
  3. Strength additive for alkaline-sized paper
  4. Crosslinking agent in superabsorbent polymer systems
  5. Component of water-based inks, overprint varnishes, paints, adhesives, coatings, etc.
  6. Antimicrobial treatment for textiles and timber, especially for fixation of copper salts
  7. Component of textile, leather and paper water-repellent formulations
  8. Coagulant in the manufacturing of synthetic leather-cloth and non-wovens
  9. Metal pre-treatment coatings
  10. Precursor to zirconia (ZrO2) in catalyst systems
  11. Fiberglass wall coverings
  12. Crosslinker for polyvinyl alcohol (for neutral/basic conditions)

*This product should be shipped using protect from freeze equipment between November 1st and April 1st.

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Zirmel Series of products consist of a clear, aqueous, alkaline solution of stabilized potassium zirconium carbonate, and available in multiple concentrations.

Potential Applications

  1. Binder insolubilizer for paper and paperboard coatings, along with dry-laid non-woven materials
  2. Deposit Control in the wet-end of the paper-making process
  3. Strength additive for alkaline-sized paper
  4. Crosslinking agent in superabsorbent polymer systems
  5. Component of water-based inks, overprint varnishes, paints, adhesives, coatings, etc.
  6. Antimicrobial treatment for textiles and timber, especially for fixation of copper salts
  7. Component of textile, leather and paper water-repellent formulations
  8. Coagulant in the manufacturing of synthetic leather-cloth and non-wovens
  9. Metal pre-treatment coatings
  10. Precursor to zirconia (ZrO2) in catalyst systems
  11. Fiberglass wall coverings
  12. Crosslinker for polyvinyl alcohol (for neutral/basic conditions)

*This product should be shipped using protect from freeze equipment between November 1st and April 1st.

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Zirconium Acetate is a mildly acidic, clear, aqueous solution, available in two concentrations

Potential Applications

  1. Zirconium/wax water repellents for semi-durable textile fabrics and paper
  2. Catalyst for curing silicone resins in water repellent treatments of textiles and leather
  3. “Filling” or “Re-tan” for high quality leather goods
  4. Binder in catalysis applications
  5. Crosslinker for gels
  6. Adhesion promoter in water-based printing inks
  7. Component of corrosion inhibiting pre-treatment process for metal
  8. Refractory binder for manufacturing high temperature stabilized zirconia shapes
  9. Precursor material in preparation of other zirconium compounds, particularly soaps
  10.  Ultra-violet light reflecting coatings
  11.  Electro and other specialty ceramics
  12.  Crosslinker for polyvinyl alcohol (for acidic conditions)

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Zirconium Oxynitrate is a strongly acidic, clear, occasionally appearing slightly brown, aqueous solution, available in one concentration.

Potential Applications

  1. Adhesives, textiles and antiperspirants
  2. Precursor material for manufacturing other zirconium chemicals
  3. Anti-slip agent and catalyst in silicone emulsion/resin water repellent systems
  4. Acidic source of zirconium, when the presence of sulfate or chloride ions is undesirable
  5. Agent for the precipitation of acid dyestuffs in pigment reduction
  6. Gelling agent/crosslinker in the formulation of polyvinyl alcohol films (for acidic conditions, where organic content/aroma of Zirconium Acetate is undesirable)
  7. Ceramic binding agent
  8. Catalysis binder applications
  9. Refractories
  10.  Binder for cement and drilling muds
  11.  Foundry binders

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Zirconia Sol is a strongly acidic, clear, aqueous solution, available in one concentration.

Potential Applications

  1. Ceramic binding agent
  2. Catalysis binder applications
  3. Binding agent for refractories
  4. Binder for cement and drilling muds
  5. Foundry binders

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Zirconium Oxychloride is a strongly acidic, clear, occasionally appearing slightly yellow, aqueous solution, available in one concentration.

Potential Applications

  1. Crosslinking agent, for altering the rheological properties of natural and synthetic organic polymers
  2. Zirconium source for coating titanium dioxide particles, to reduce yellowing effects from UV light exposure
  3. Precursor material in the preparation of certain proprietary antiperspirant salts
  4. One component used in flame-resistant treatment of wool, and other keratinous fibers
  5. As an acid catalyst in resin and silicone finishing of cotton and cotton mixture textiles
  6. Zirconium source for specialty pigments
  7. Catalyst binders
  8. Precursor material for manufacturing other zirconium chemicals

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Zirconium Orthosulfate is a strongly acidic, clear, aqueous solution, available in one concentration.

Potential Applications

  1. Used in titanium dioxide pigment manufacture to reduce yellowing effects from UV light exposure (reduces photo-chemical activity of the titania)
  2. Improves gloss retention and reflective properties in oil-based and water-based paints
  3. Precursor material for manufacturing other zirconium chemicals
  4. Leather tanning agent
  5. Precipitation/hardening of gelatin in the photographic industry
  6. Insolubilizer for water-based binders in wood adhesives
  7. Crosslinker for aqueous polymer emulsion systems
  8. Ion exchange

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Zinc Zirconium Ammonium Carbonate is a clear, alkaline, aqueous solution, providing a complementary mixture of both active zinc and zirconium components, available in one concentration.

Potential Applications

  1. Additive for water-based inks, adhesives, paints, overprint varnishes, etc.
  2. Strength additive for alkaline-sized paper
  3. Component of textile, leather and paper water-repellent and UV protective formulations
  4. Antimicrobial treatments for textiles and timber
  5. Coagulant for manufacturing synthetic leather-cloth and non-woven materials
  6. Crosslinker for polyvinyl alcohol

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Zirconium Propionate is a white, free-flowing powder, soluble most common solvents, and available in one concentration.

Potential Applications

  1. Adhesion promoter for solvent-based inks
  2. Source of zirconium, soluble in organic solvents, for applications involving crosslinking with oxygenated organic polymers
  3. Precursor to zirconium oxide, through a solvent-based process
  4. Crosslinker for polyvinyl alcohol (suitable for non-aqueous, organic solvents)

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Zirconium Hydroxychloride is a strongly acidic, clear, aqueous solution, available in one concentration.

Potential Applications

  1. Ceramic binding agent
  2. Catalysis binder applications
  3. Binding agent for refractories
  4. Binder for cement and drilling muds
  5. Foundry binders

*This product should be shipped using protect from freeze equipment between November 1st and April 1st.

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