Gerdau Graphene has launched two new additives specifically formulated for the paint and coatings industry: NanoDUR and NanoLAV. The new additives, produced with the company's proprietary G2D technology, utilize graphene nanoplatelets to deliver improved performance for water-based paints and coatings — without altering pH levels. The additives also reduce or eliminate the need for some traditional manufacturing inputs, additives, and processes, which can lower production costs while improving sustainability and reducing environmental impact.
"Until recently, it has been virtually impossible for coatings manufacturers to upgrade product performance, slash manufacturing costs, and improve sustainability at the same time — it simply couldn't be done. Now, the application of carbon nanomaterials, such as graphene, in commercially available additives has made this possible and will act as a game-changer for the industry," said Alexandre de Toledo Corrêa, CEO of Gerdau Graphene. "NanoDUR and NanoLAV represent the new performance, economic, and sustainability edge for coatings manufacturers, enabling them to leapfrog competitors across the value chain. These are the newest in our growing portfolio of graphene additives and we're excited to partner with industry leaders to develop even more novel, powerful applications for graphene."
NanoDUR is a water-based graphene additive that grants enhanced durability for low- and high-traffic surfaces. NanoDUR-enhanced paints and coatings demonstrate an improved ability to withstand wear and tear, weathering, and other external factors that can lead to degradation over time while maintaining physical and chemical properties, such as color, and adhesion, as well as a strong resistance to chipping, flaking, cracking, fading, and peeling. NanoDUR is a key component of Gerdau Graphene's C-Fix brand of graphene-enhanced paint, launched in 2022. Real-world application of C-Fix on high-traffic factory floors has shown that even with 30% less paint applied, C-Fix was 50% more durable with daily sweeper truck cleaning compared with traditional paint.
NanoLAV is a graphene additive specifically designed for water-based architectural paints, that grants improved washability and moisture-resistance to painted or coated surfaces, in tropical and subtropical regions. NanoLAV enables them to withstand cleaning or washing without degrading, dissolving, peeling or fading when exposed to water, mild detergents or other cleaning agents. The washability of a paint or coating is important in applications where hygiene is crucial, such as hospitals, schools, and kitchens, and in locations that are prone to stains, dirt, and other contaminants that accumulate on surfaces. Because NanoLAV does not modify the pH of paint or coating products, it can significantly reduce or eliminate the need for high-alkaline washability promoters such as sodium silicate, which can harm aquatic life and disrupt ecosystems.