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Marketing New Adhesives, Coatings, and Sealants

Problem: Aster, Inc. located in Fairborn, Ohio has developed a variety of paints, adhesives and sealants which are manufactured using recycled paint.  With funding from the government's Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program, the company has developed a process for extracting usable uncured polymers from paint waste and incorporating these into new environmentally safe paint and roofing products.  This process could potentially recycle hundreds of millions of pounds of waste paint polymers which are currently dipsosed of by landfilling.

Assistance is needed to located public or private organizations which can fund projects in which the performance of Aster's products can be demonstrated.

Solution: WTN facilitated meetings with the Environmental Management Office (EM) of the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  These meetings were followed by a presentation to personnel from EM as well as the Civil Engineering Group.  A limited purchase of the roof sealant product is currently planned.  WTN has also facilitated contacts with the Aeronautical System Command's Pollution Prevention Group, Air Logistics Centers in Utah and Atlanta, and the EPA's Environmental Technology Commercialization Center.  WTN has also contacted large commercial firms including Proctor & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Benefits:

  • Aster's products are environmentally friendly (low emissions of volatile organic compounds).
  • The products are manufactured from off-spec and waste paint materials which are typically disposed of in a landfill.
  • Aster's staff currently consists of nine people, however, with the increase in business activity (a large order for adhesive was recently received) the staff will need to be expanded.

Current Status:

  • WTN is continuing to contact public and private firms who may have an interest in funding demonstration projects.  In addition WTN is facilitating contacts between ASC/EM and Aster.
  • Aster anticipates receiving orders from the Civil Engineering group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB).
If you have any questions about this Technical Assistance Project or are interested in getting more information about Wright Technology Network and technology transfer, please contact Jim Singer (937) 253-0217 or crada@wtn.org.

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