Increasing health concerns over the use in refractory applications of ‘coal tar pitch’ based materials, such as “coal tar pitch high temperature heat-treated” (CTPHTHT) have magnified focus on readily available alternatives, such as phenolic resins. This article describes how phenolic resins have been successfully used in the refractory sector over a number of decades and
As the European Commission works with its consultants to establish a series of criteria for identifying polymers requiring registration (PRR) under REACH, the recent findings on phenolic resins by the Canadian regulators support the view that cross-linking reduces the availability of reactive functional groups that might otherwise be a potential source of toxicity. This Press
This article highlights the close cooperation between the phenolic resins industry represented by EPRA and the abrasives industry represented by FEPA. While FEPA is rightly agnostic to choices of binding materials made by their members, they have been keen to point out to regulators the criticality of phenolic resins for may of their coated and
This article highlights how phenolic resins have stood the test of time in their use as binders for friction materials in domestic and commercial vehicle braking equipment. As binders for brake pads and brake shoes, phenolic resins combine processability and strong adhesive properties with high temperature resistance to provide cost-effective solutions for the automotive sector.
The European Phenolic Resins Association (EPRA), reports yet another successful year for its members with volumes up by 4,6% in 2016. Dynamic growth has been achieved especially in the construction sector but also the industrial and insulation business showed above average growth. The outlook for the current year is again positive, also because the industry
Phenolic resins are amongst the most versatile materials used in the rubber and adhesives sector, performing roles such as tackifiers, adhesion promoters, reinforcing agents and vulcanizing agents. This article explains how the characteristics of phenolic chemistry deliver such versatility and also describes why alternatives might be more limited in their scope and performance. Most notably,