Epoxy Europe is a Sector Group of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) representing the major European producers of Epoxy resins.
René Hunziker (Olin)
Epoxy resins are a highly versatile family of synthetics used as binders for coatings, adhesives, sealants and matrices for composite materials, or fibre reinforced plastics. Those products are in turn used in many applications, such as wind turbines, construction and civil engineering, cars, aerospace, flooring, piping, packaging, electronics, sport and leisure, and household appliances.
Epoxy Europe acts as a source of action and information for issues and initiatives involving the epoxy industry and its related health, safety, environmental and sustainability topics. The SG analyses issues which affect the industry and develops positions and policies to promote constructive dialogues with all downstream user and stakeholder groups.
The physical state of epoxy resins can range from a low viscosity liquid to a high melting point solid. They can be ‘cross-linked’ using a variety of curing agents or hardeners to form a range of materials with a unique combination of properties, which bring advantages to key industry sectors. Epoxies are known for their excellent adhesion, chemical and heat resistance, outstanding mechanical properties and very good electrical insulating properties. Many of their properties can be modified, for example silver-filled epoxies with good electrical conductivity are available, whereas epoxies are typically electrically insulating. Variations offering high thermal insulation, or thermal conductivity combined with high electrical resistance for electronics applications, are available.
Applications for epoxy resins are extensive and include:
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