AkzoNobel's powder coating division has developed Interpon M1000 – AA0037, a high-performance epoxy powder primer that was recently approved at the Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Md., for Chemical Agent Resistant Coatings, or CARC, military applications.

According to AkzoNobel, Interpon M1000 – AA0037 exhibits excellent corrosion, chemical, water, acid and Super Tropical Bleach (STB) resistance when applied over properly prepared steel or aluminum substrate. The primer meets all the requirements of MIL-PRF-32348 Class 1 Type 1 and is compatible with CARC liquid topcoats for all tactical and combat vehicles for the US Armed Forces. Prior to this product launch, the CARC market used liquid coatings exclusively.

Key features of the primer, which performed above and beyond the specification requirements, according to AkzoNobel, include aggressive adhesion to steel and aluminum, as well as excellent edge coverage. High gloss provides exceptional cross-link density and chemical resistance, making the product resistant to chemical and biological warfare agents.

“We are very excited and honored to have this product innovation approved by the U.S. Military, after a series of the most rigorous tests imaginable," said Mike Cash, General Manager, Akzo Nobel Powder Coatings – Americas. "Powder Chemical Agent Resistant Coatings have been requested by the market for some time, and we are proud to be the first company to break through with this advanced primer technology. We look forward to working closely with our customers to provide this cost effective and efficient powder coatings solution for military applications.”

Future plans call for CARC powder topcoats to be used in conjunction with the CARC powder primer on military tactical equipment, which includes ground, aviation and related support assets.