SRM – Solvent Resins Manufacturers

SRM is a Cefic Sector Group representing European solvent resins manufacturers.

Solvent borne resins are a main component of paints, coatings inks, adhesives and sealants. They contribute to a large extent to the properties of the paints, during application and after drying. They are used in many coating applications, like decorative coatings, vehicle refinish systems, furniture coatings, protective coatings, coatings for coils and cans, etc.

They can consist of many different kind of chemistries (like alkyds, acrylics, amino’s, polyesters, etc.), but also apply a wide variety of methods of film formation (2K systems, drying at elevated temperature, or at room temperature) and as such are very versatile compounds to bring the properties of the paint to the desired level.

The manufacturing of Solvent Borne Resins for coatings is usually done by means of batch processes.


F. Charrier (Arkema)


Solvented resins: amino resins, acrylic resins, alkyd resins, polyester resins


11 Members:

Allnex (BE), Arkema (FR), Covestro Coating Resins (NL), Evonik (DE), Megara Resins (GR), Melamin d.d. Kocevje (SL), SIR Industriale (IT), Synres (NL), Synthomer (PT), Synthopol Chemie (DE), Worlée-Chemie (DE)


SRM is dealing with issues that are common to the members such as Cobalt dryers, REACH impact on raw material supply, polymer definition, food contact, exposure scenarios, CLP, carbon footprint, resin platform, e-SDS, strictly control conditions.


Joint SRM/PPRM Carbon Footprint Study

Commissioned by the Cefic associations PPRM (Polyester Powder Resin Manufacturers) and SRM (Solvent based Resin Manufacturers), Denkstatt GmbH Austria has performed a study with the goal to create reliable and credible average carbon footprint data (CFP) for a series of product families manufactured by the members of PPRM and SRM.

“Cradle to gate” carbon footprint averages were calculated for different grades of polyester resins, alkyd resins, acrylic resins, polyurethane resins and amino resins.

For the modelling the emphasis was placed on the raw materials, solvents, auxiliary materials, by-products and process data like energy, process specific emissions, waste and transport. For further information, please contact Philippe Pigeolet.

Free formaldehyde in alkylated amino resins Best Practice Document

The document is related to the Industry Standard DIN EN ISO 11402 4.3 Sulphite Method1. Its purpose is to describe best practise procedure according to the Industry Standard. The procedure itself as written in the Standard is the basis for this document.


Use Mapping for Solvent borne resin production

In line with the approach of other European industry associations SRM has developed a mapping of uses for Solvent borne resin production, covering the production of Alkyd, Acrylic, Polyester and Amino resins in general. Herewith, the ECHA use descriptor system is used which can be found in the Guidance on information requirements and chemical safety assessment Chapter R.12: Use descriptor system.

Consult the Use Mapping for Solvent borne resin production: Use-Mapping-SRM-16-02-2011

SRM Guidelines on glove advices for mixtures of solvents

The products sold by Cefic SRM companies are usually mixtures containing a polymer, one or more solvent(s), one or more additive(s) and possibly some residual monomers.

As the solvents, additives and monomers may be hazardous, gloves must be worn by the operators handling these hazardous products.

SRM has prepared a guidance document to address the question of which materials / thicknesses should be advised to operators in order to ensure they are well protected against splashes or for longer term exposure.


Sector Group Manager

Barbara Hadrys



Sophie Liebersens