Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ECOC), a leader in the discovery and development
of nanotechnology-enabled, advanced coatings, has developed UV-cured coatings
specifically to address opportunities within the paper and packaging industry.
These opportunities include the need for increased water and chemical resistance,
along with solutions to important application and environmental issues, such
as lower energy use, sustainability, solvent-free materials, and increased productivity.
The attributes of Ecology Coatings EcoQuik(TM) paper and packaging products
- Substantially lower cost alternative to plastic laminate/glue overlays without
- Sustainable green products contain no solvents, hazardous chemicals, are
fully reclaimable, and minimize disposal hazards and cost.
- Nano-enabled products provide exceptional water, solvent and household
- Compatibility with in-place application and UV-curing systems in packaging
and paper operations.
These unique advantages are being demonstrated in various markets and applications
that include grease and waterproof, disposable dinnerware and food package trays,
black mold resistant wall covering for moisture-prone venues, waterproof packaging
and envelopes, pressure sensitive labels and product packaging.
For example, funded research at a major university has demonstrated that an
EcoQuik(TM)( )coating is capable of preventing the formation of black mold,
"Strachybotrys chartarum," a particularly virulent mold, on wallboard.
Ecology will be developing strategic partnerships to develop applications for
construction products, such as wall or pipe covering, to reduce harmful mold
exposure in venues such as hospitals and schools.
In another case, paper-based storage containers are frequently subject to high
humidity conditions that can result in mold, odors or destruction of contents.
This is presently combated with laminated plastic films that are expensive and
require special handling equipment and thermal processing. An EcoQuik(TM) coating
can be readily applied and cured at high speeds, providing an attractive low
The approximately $15.4 billion U.S. label and packaging industry is made up
of pressure sensitive, heat-shrink, stretch-sleeve, and in-mold labels, among
others. Ecology Coatings is currently developing coatings designed for use on
pressure sensitive prime labels, a $1.5 billion U.S. market. "Because label
manufactures already use UV-cured inks and coatings and have press application
and curing equipment in place, our coatings can be adopted in a relatively short
development and testing cycle," commented Ecology Coatings COO Tom Krotine.
"The benefit we bring to these markets is Ecology's proprietary barrier
technology. Our coatings offer significant benefits over existing UV-cured coatings.
In addition, our coatings replace expensive adhesive-plastic lamination used
in many label applications, which reduces the cost of materials and simplifies
the manufacturing line. But the biggest selling point is the superior performance
of the products produced using our environmentally friendly, nano-enabled coatings,"