Colorful cookware is right on trend. Bright reds, deep blues, and vibrant yellows – pots and pans are increasingly becoming a design feature rather than simply a functional tool. This means the external coating has to look good and withstand a fair amount of punishment. Heat-resistant coatings for cookware and bakeware are certainly not new – but to date, they have been almost exclusively solventborne. Evonik’s Coating Additives business line says it is launching a more environmentally friendly silicone resin, specifically developed for waterborne coatings. The new SILIKOFTAL HTW 3 is a heat-resistant silicone resin that meets all the requirements of a sustainable formulation. It is free of organic solvents and features a significantly reduced VOC content from production to application. SILIKOFTAL HTW 3 is approved for food contact as part of the external coating (FDA 175.300, BfR, GB 4806.10-2016). By eliminating critical ingredients, the silicone resin is also free from HAPs and is not classified as hazardous according to GHS. Evonik says the combination of properties – high performance, ease of handling, and approval for food contact – makes this product unique on the market. Customers can enjoy greater freedom when formulating their coatings as SILIKOFTAL HTW 3 can be combined with numerous pigments and can be used anywhere stoving coatings are used such as toasters or other household appliances. The working temperature resistance is 200 C. The high flashpoint of above 90 C offers corresponding benefits for storage and transport.