The strategic business unit Coatings and Composites globally offers a wide array of specialty solutions for the protection, enhanced performance and modification of the end-use characteristics of various materials, including carbon fibers, fabrics, leather, metals, plastics, stone and wood.
Our specialty products are used to produce coatings that are applied superficially or by penetrating processes. They protect the materials from biological (e.g. insects, decay, algae, mold and mildew) and physical-chemical degradation (e.g. fire, moisture). Our specialty biocide and non-biocide products are applied in paints, inks, sealants, adhesives, backing materials for bath mats and carpeting, shower curtains, wallboards, flooring and ceiling materials, wood preservatives and many more applications.
We also deliver specialty solutions for the in-process or end-of-process application for various composites (e.g. wood-plastic composites, laminated veneer, lumber, etc.) Our composite thermoset resin systems are used in modern consumer electronics to help support performance, as well as in the production of lightweight reliable structural and interior elements for passenger aircraft.
In our Coatings and Composites business, we strive to develop environmentally sustainable and innovative technologies in response to our customers’ demands and the increasing challenges presented by the global regulatory landscape. We work on developing products and services that protect renewable resources such as wood, leather and natural fibers and that meet new, more stringent environmental regulations. Lonza Coatings and Composites consists of Materials Performance and Protection and Wood Protection.
Materials Performance and Protection
Lonza's Materials Performance and Protection business unit is a leading innovative partner for our customers in the materials protection and high-tech composites markets. We offer a wide range of biocides and formulated products and a unique selection of thermoset resins and systems.
Our biocide products help to control mold and mildew in building materials, such as paints, wallboard and emulsions, as well as to improve performance of plastics, textiles and inks. By preventing fouling on ocean-going ships, we help to conserve fuel and reduce emissions and maintenance costs.
The major growth and innovation areas of this business unit are in paints and coatings, plastics and inks, anti-fouling paints and metalworking fluids, as well as in high-tech composites for electronics and aerospace applications. With technical service labs in all regions of the world, we can support our customers with testing services and application knowhow. Our Innovation Centers in Europe, North America, South America and Asia are continuously developing new products and solutions that address our customers’ needs.
For more than 80 years, the Wood Protection business has pioneered and developed market focused technologies that preserve, protect and enhance wood. Our business provides trusted and innovative products, application systems and support services that are appreciated by our customers.
Lonza Wood Protection has become a leading name in worldwide wood protection, with operations throughout Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe, North America and South America. Our products help protect wood from termites and decay, reduce flame spread and smoke development in the event of a fire, improve the visual appearance of wood and prevent mold growth.
Lonza’s flagship brands of industrial wood preservatives and fire retardants – Wolman®, Tanalith® and Dricon® – head a family of products that enhance the performance of wood. From reliable backyard decking and landscape products to railroad ties, heavyduty utility poles, marine docks and piling, our wood-protection chemicals enable a sustainable natural resource to last longer than it otherwise could. Additional specialty lines of our water repellents, mold inhibitors, colorants and sapstain-control solutions further enhance the appearance and performance of wood.