Innovating for a greener paint shop

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A sticky problem

During the last decade, the Automotive Industry has increasingly demonstrated a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility. In particular, many programs and procedures have been put in place to help meet sustainability targets to reduce the consumption of natural resources and associated emissions and waste. Paint detackification systems, used in automotive paint booth maintenance to float or sink paint residue to aid in cleanup and disposal, have been an area of particular interest.

For years, paint detackification systems were treated with melamine formaldehyde. But concern was growing among environmentally conscious manufacturers about the potential environmental impact of formaldehyde. Working in close partnership with our customers, we saw the need for a more environmentally sound alternative - and we got to work.

We developed an award-winning program that delivers value in all three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental and social.

99% Renewable resources

Through extensive research and rigorous field testing, we developed APEX paint detackification technology, the first truly effective paint detackification chemistry that is made from renewable resources, does not use formaldehyde and is completely biodegradable. The APEX program helps reduce chemical use, solid waste, water use and total cost of operation while providing superior performance. It has received recognition for superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance from the Automotive News PACE Awards - and most importantly, from our customers.

  • Composed of more than 99% renewable resources; no hazardous or carcinogenic chemicals
  • Reduces chemical use by more than 80%
  • Reduces waste by more than 50%
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