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High-Performing and Sustainable Coating Solutions

For today’s consumer, paints and coatings must satisfy more than aesthetic requirements. In addition to meeting decorative and protective needs, formulations must now last even longer, meet ever-more stringent air quality standards and contribute to a healthier environment. For these reasons, manufacturers in the coatings industry are seeking solutions to deliver a step-change in the sustainability profile of paints and coatings, whether primarily driven to preserve natural resources, ensure health and wellbeing, combat the climate crisis, or all of the above.  

At Syensqo, we’ve leveraged more than 60 years of industry experience and formulation expertise to deliver solutions that meet today’s many functional needs while evolving our formulations to anticipate regulatory and sustainability requirements aligned with our customers’ bold commitments. Discover how our solutions contribute to more durable end products, air quality improvement, and healthier living. 

“The Coatings industry is driven by the need for solutions that are sustainable without compromising performance. Our solutions address both needs - extending end product durability, improving air quality and contributing to healthier environments.” 

Sel Avci, Global Marketing Director, Coatings

Durability Enhancement

Syensqo offers a diverse portfolio of solutions that extend the lifetime of architectural and industrial paints and coatings, delivering improvements to water resistance, corrosion resistance, scrub resistance and film hardness, among other functionalities. 

Low-VOC/SVOC Coatings

Because volatile organic compounds harm the ozone layer and air quality, the coatings industry seeks to produce more low-VOC and low-SVOC products. Our solutions for the coatings market help formulators limit odor in waterborne coating formulations and contribute to reduced manufacturing carbon footprints. 

Conversion to Water-Based Formulations  

Linked to demand for products that are free of odors and hazardous emissions, Syensqo offers solutions that enable formulators to switch from solvent-borne to waterborne formulations. 

APE-Free Coatings

Sustainability initiatives across the globe have led coatings manufacturers to remove harmful chemicals like alkylphenol ethoxylates from their products. Our APE-free offerings allow manufacturers to convert to APE-free formulations with drop-in solutions providing like-for-like performance when compared to APE-based products. Common applications of our APE-free solutions include emulsion polymers, paint formulations, colorants, and other uses, such as paper coatings, inks, non-wovens, and adhesives.  

Carbon Footprint Reduction 

Formulators around the world have made it a priority to reduce their carbon footprint and strive for carbon neutrality in line with the Paris Agreement targets. Syensqo offers a long line of Ecolabel products that are highly effective in small quantities, which can help formulators manufacture low- to emission-free paints and coatings. 

Biobased Solutions

Our portfolio includes partially biobased solutions that substitute fossil-based feedstock with renewable, non-food-competing feedstocks. These biobased additives provide the same functionality and comparable performance as their fossil-based counterparts, supporting customers seeking to increase the renewable content of end products without making trade-offs. 

Biodegradable Solutions

We offer biodegradable solutions for emulsion polymerization, paints, and coatings that help our customers meet end-of-life material management requirements.    


We recognize that sustainability is just talk unless it is backed by action. For this reason, we can provide life cycle analyses (LCAs) for our products, which help our customers make fact-based decisions when selecting coating additives through a holistic approach to understanding potential environmental and health issues. 

When carrying out an LCA, we define the impacts of our products across different dimensions:

  • Global warming
  • Acidification
  • Ozone depletion
  • Eutrophication
  • Toxicity
  • Water depletion
  • Among others


Performing LCAs on our products allows us to:

  • Improve product development
  • Choose better materials and design features that lead to more sustainable products and technologies
  • Provide information that guides us to make more sustainable purchasing decisions
Sustainable solutions for emulsion polymerization