By Liz White, UT staffBrussels-ALIPA, the European Aliphatic Isocyanate Producers Association, will launch its new website, www.alipa.org, 1 April 2005.The association was set up in 2001 to promote research and act as an information source on the health, safety and environmental aspects of aliphatic isocyanates. It also develops and communicate ‘One Voice’ positions to stakeholders. Aliphatic isocyanates are widely used, because of their unique properties, in high quality protective and decorative coating systems. They are used in automotive basecoats, clearcoats and refinish applications, in coating systems for large vehicles and in ships and aircraft and many other industrial applications. They are also used in modern adhesive systems and speciality elastomers. ALIPA’s new website has a large amount of information which, the group says, is “easy to navigate.” Its content includes:* Health, safety and environmental data to aid safe use of these substances by all users;* Descriptions of the various product families based on HDI (hexamethylene diisocyanate), IPDI (isophorone diisocyanate), and H12MDI (dicyclohexylmethane diisocyanate);* Details of the many wide-ranging applications for these isocyanates; and* Links to sites of isocyanate groups, other associations, and to ALIPA members.ALIPA is a sector group of Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, and its members are BASF, Bayer MaterialScience, Degussa and Rhodia Performance Coatings & Services.”
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