UNICOIL and Beckers forge technical partnership

Updated 05 April 2016

UNICOIL and Beckers forge technical partnership

Universal Metal Coating Company Ltd. (UNICOIL) and Beckers Group, has forged a strategic and technical partnership, which includes the installation of a state-of-the-art coating blending system called BeckryMix at UNICOIL vicinity.
Among the salient features of BeckryMix is the ability to produce small volumes of paint per batch, enabling UNICOIL to offer lower minimum order quantity per color, adding flexibility, cost-effectiveness and unique services to its valued customers.
It has also the speed to produce high quality industrial paints in less than a day, allowing UNICOIL to shorten the delivery lead times of its products to less than a week.
Through this partnership, UNICOIL launched two pre-painted” products namely; Energy Saver supporting the urgent need necessitated by the increase in the energy costs of the region and Anti-bacterial, a product catering the health and sanitary needs of the region.
One of the objectives of this partnership is to bring innovative European technology of coil coatings to Middle East markets and enhanced aftersales solutions for the benefit of UNICOIL's valued customers of pre-painted galvanized steel products.
UNIICOIL is claimed to be the largest and oldest value-added steel manufacturer of pre-painted galvanized steel in the Kingdom and the rest of the GCC and the MENA region and the “only Saudi and Arab Company to receive numerous quality marks outside its home country.”
Beckers, a Swedish group headquartered in Berlin Germany was founded in 1865 in Stockholm. The company is structured into three business segments - coil coatings, industrial coatings and consumer design finishes; serving customers in over 50 countries from 21 manufacturing sites across the globe of which nine sites are in Asia.
Beckers has established two long-term development centers — one at Liverpool in the UK and the other in Malaysia, dedicated for R&D of eco-friendly and pioneering range of innovative technologies.


SABIC launches anti-fog film for COVID visors

Updated 28 November 2020

SABIC launches anti-fog film for COVID visors

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, has announced the successful commercialization of an anti-fog film it designed especially for COVID-19 protection equipment, such as safety face shields and goggles, used in frontline work environments.

Lexan HP92AF features a one-sided coating that extends the time-to-fog even at very high ambient humidity, ensuring long-lasting optical clarity. The product has confirmed its superior anti-fog performance in extensive testing under the harshest conditions. It does not exhibit any hazing at saturation as could be observed with competitive materials. Moreover, the anti-fog coating technology has no compromising effect on the abrasion resistance and impact strength of the polycarbonate film.

“We have identified a gap in the market when it comes to the effective protection of frontline workers against the COVID-19 pathogen. In work environments subjected to sudden temperature changes and high humidity, visors and safety goggles often fail to provide adequate long-term anti-fog performance. This forces workers to either not wear such visors and safety goggles at all or to take these off for frequent wiping,” said Ahmet Kizilirmakli, senior business manager Americas, SABIC.

“Our new Lexan HP92AF anti-fog film offers the solution many companies have been looking for. Excellent optical quality and high-impact strength of polycarbonate combined with our advanced anti-fog technology make the product the ultimate choice for face shields and other clear view personal protection equipment with long-lasting optical clarity in these environments,” he added.

Besides visors, face masks and safety goggles, other targeted applications include motorcycle visors, ski goggles, automotive cluster lenses, medical instrument lenses and displays as well as industrial lenses.

SABIC’s new anti-fog film product shows excellent die cutting and printability. The anti-fog film is thermoformable and withstands repeated cleaning with lukewarm water, mild soap solutions, or common glass cleaners.

With a width of 48 inches, Lexan HP92AF is globally available in a wide range of gauges from 7 to 30 mil (178 to 752 µm).

“The rapid commercialization of Lexan HP92AF anti-fog film underscores our commitment to helping our customers enhance the protection of frontline workers against COVID-19,” said Mark Troszak, film segment leader at SABIC.

“In high-humidity environments, the time-to-fog makes a difference. This product can ensure optimum optical clarity over extended periods, allowing the users of face shields and other transparent safety equipment to concentrate on their jobs safely without being impaired by fogging,” he added.

Troszak said that SABIC has the capability to satisfy customer-specific requirements by adapting this technology to other existing Lexan-coated film solutions.