AkzoNobel and Wuxi El Pont Partner on E-Beam Technology for Coatings

08.12.2023 - AkzoNobel has signed a strategic agreement with China’s Wuxi El Pont Radiation Technology to develop a pioneering process that uses electron beams to cure coatings on metal substrates.

According to AkzoNobel, e-beam technology is a fast-growing scientific field and could offer significant advantages over conventional thermal curing methods, such as lower energy consumption, increased productivity with higher quality and reduced environmental impact. The process itself cures coatings by using a directed stream of electrons to deliver the energy required to form the final film.

“We’re extremely excited about the possibilities of e-beam technology and the benefits this partnership could bring,” says Jim Kavanagh, director of AkzoNobel’s Industrial Coatings business.

Yuwei Zhang, chairman of Wuxi El Pont Radiation Technology, added: “We’re committed to developing China's civil nuclear technology and expanding the application of electron beam technology. We have every confidence that the combination of our process development capabilities for low-energy electron beam equipment with AkzoNobel’s research and development expertise will prove to be a success. Our close cooperation will accelerate the low carbon transformation of the paints and coatings industry, improve product quality and safety, and provide strong support for the industry to make strides towards carbon neutrality as soon as possible.”

Wuxi El Pont, a leading player in the high energy radiation accelerator market, has a strong presence in China and offers advanced solutions for radiation sterilization and material processing applications. The E-beam technology it uses is electrically generated and does not rely on radioisotopes, which means no radioactive waste or toxic compounds are involved.