Canadian Finishing and Coatings Manufacturing

November 25th, 2021

CFCM IGLCoatings 400The new product is a uniquely graphene reinforced anti-corrosion clear coating.

IGL Coatings recently launched Ecoclear Aegis. The newly launched product is a graphene reinforced anti-corrosion clear coating.

Uncontrolled corrosion can be deadly, affecting individual safety or environmental consequences - costing trillions of dollars yearly, corrosion affects everyone. With proper corrosion management, the asset's lifetime can be extended, saving costs, preventing irreversible damage to the environment. Coatings are one of the most common and cost-effective solutions but have their flaws.

Traditional anti-corrosion coatings often employ thick paint pigments, which often cover the entire surface to prevent permeation. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult to identify and locate corrosion at an early stage. The need for an anti-corrosion clear coating is nigh.

IGL Coatings' greener solution to this problem was Ecoclear Aegis. As a transparent and greener anti-corrosion clear coating, Aegis is a solution to the corrosion problem. Able to withstand and protect against the most atmospheric corrosive conditions (C5), its transparency provides the ability to identify early signs of corrosion, allowing for early preventive measures. Unlike ordinary anti-corrosive coatings, Ecoclear Aegis reveals defects and creeping corrosions due to its nature of transparency and clarity, enabling early detection and averting costly irreparable damage.

"The graphene used in Aegis is very different from the Nanoplatelete system used in our automotive coatings. Aegis's Graphene is rolled into tube forming graphene nanotubes," said Keong Chun Chieh, CEO of IGL Coatings. "Graphene nanotubes made it lighter, stronger and more resistant to corrosion; this fully optimized the system's hydrophobicity and anti-corrosive properties." Graphene also made Aegis significantly lighter, stronger and more durable compared with other existing solutions. At only 50µm a layer, Aegis is durable and strong, undergoing 3,000 hours in the salt spray chamber; this translates to approximately 7.5 years in a marine environment (or 15 years in a non-marine environment). In line with IGL's core values, Aegis is free from heavy and toxic metals such as chromium, lead, xylene and isocyanate, making it safer during application processes for applicators.


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