The Brock-Vanchem innovation is a sign of the times, says Ian McLeod, vice president of Vanchem Performance Chemicals. “The industry has switched over to greener technologies; they want to get rid of the heavy metals,” he says. “Large corporations and companies want to be environmental stewards. They want to be able to say, “look at what we are doing, we’ve replaced the old zinc phosphate technology with a new silane-based technology that doesn’t have any environmental impacts.”
Vanchem has developed a new double silane polymer film that replaces traditional pretreatment chemistry with a true nano-technology. Vanchem calls this technology Greencoat.
The technology used will be Vanchem’s new Greentak 1500. This product was developed in conjunction with our partner Polymer Ventures. Vanchem is to provide the chemical and servicing of the HCM Plant 1, Plant 2, & Plastic Department.
Vanchem in conjunction with NRC-CNRC Industrial Research Assistance Program have recently hired a graduate engineer as part of their Youth Project Proposal. The graduate will help monitor our Greentak 1500 launch at Honda and be one of the primary liaisons between Vanchem and Honda.
Vanchem has launched their new Greentak 1500 at Honda of Canada Manufacturing in both Civic line and PO Department lines. Greentak 1500 replaces the old melamine formaldehyde based detackifier with their newly developed environmentally friendly product.
Vanchem’s President, Jim Van Camp said that, “The Greentak 1500 works equally well on waterborne and solvent based paints which is a massive improvement from the melamine-based detackifers of old. In addition, it is non-toxic, easier to handle, reduces caustic usage, less pH sensitive, more solvent resistant, and produces less sludge than melamine.” Vanchem’s partnership with Polymer Ventures has shown there will be less sludge build upand accumulation and less need to clean pits out every year. It’s a win-win for everyone.
In April 2012, Vanchem-Brock were awarded $180,000 grant from Ontario Centre of Excellence (OCE) entitled, “Green Anti?Corrosion Coating for Metal Surfaces”. The grant was awarded through the Industry-Academic Collaboration Program (IACP) between Brock University and Vanchem where the OCE facilitated the project.