Press release
March 19, 2013

Evonik: Environmental protection on the road

  • High degree of safety and outstanding life cycle assessment for DEGAROUTE® cold-spray plastic
  • Continued development improves environmental compatibility

Evonik Industries presents a further development of DEGAROUTE®-based road markings with an even better life cycle assessment. An optimized binder technology improves the environmental compatibility of the product and allows the formulation of cold-spray plastic compounds with a higher filler content but with no effect on the durability of the road marking.

In 2011, Evonik Industries had the environmental effects of various road marking systems investigated in a life cycle assessment (LCA). DEGAROUTE®-based road markings from the Coatings & Additives Business Unit produced outstanding results. The LCA discovered that other marking systems had a roughly 80 percent higher global warming potential than DEGAROUTE®-based cold-spray plastic. Evonik has now exceeded this very good result with its advanced DEGAROUTE®, which reduces the global warming potential determined in the 2011 LCA by a further 13 percent. This is another advantage in a market where environmental aspects play an increasingly important role. For the growing volume of traffic, we need high-quality, durable road markings that do not have a negative impact on the environment.

In the LCA, DEGAROUTE®-based road markings were compared with three other commonly used marking systems: Hot-spray plastic, solvent-based markings, and water-based markings. An analysis was carried out regarding the impact that the products have on the environment during their entire life cyclefrom the raw materials that are used, through production and application, transportation and packaging materials, to disposal or recycling. All the environmental impacts that occur during a ten year period to install and renew the marking on a two-lane, one-kilometer section of road with a median line and a soft shoulder line on each side of the road were analyzed. The result: thanks to the durability of the road marking, DEGAROUTE®-based cold-spray plastic is a very environment-friendly alternative, since it is largely the durability of a road marking that is decisive for its environmental impact, such as its carbon footprint and, consequently, its global warming potential. For example, with average traffic volume, solvent-based paint has to be applied ten times to maintain the marking, while DEGAROUTE®-based cold-spray plastic only has to be applied four times.

DEGAROUTE® is a brand of the Coating & Adhesive Resins Business Line in the Coatings & Additives Business Unit. By reducing the risk of accidents with DEGAROUTE®-based road and surface markings, Evonik has been significantly helping to improve traffic safety for 50 years.

The Coatings & Additives Business Unit of Evonik Industries supplies the paint, coatings, adhesives, and sealant industries with high-quality functional polymers and monomer specialties. It also produces high-performance oil additives and hydraulic fluids.

About Evonik

Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of Evonik’s corporate strategy. Its activities focus on the key megatrends health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization. Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms.

Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2012 more than 33,000 employees generated sales of around €13.6 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €2.6 billion.


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