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Penford Products Introduces Pen-cote PR to Replace Protein in Paper Coatings

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Penford Products, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, a division of Penford Corp., this week introduced Pen-cote PR, a new biopolymer product line made to replace protein in paper coatings. Pen-cote PR, available in both dry and liquid form, was developed using Penford's PenFlex™ technology. Pen-cote PR biopolymers are VOC free, environmentally sustainable products that are easy to use, improve runnability, and reduce operating costs in paper coating processes that have traditionally relied on protein.

Penford notes that Pen-cote PR offers the following runnability benefits:

  • Higher water retention for improved surface appearance
  • Enhanced binding strength
  • Reduced blade scratches/weeping increases first pass quality
  • Improved quality (appearance and printing) of final product will increase saleable tons
  • Cross-linkable to improve print fidelity, resulting in higher printer satisfaction.

The new product also offers the following application benefits, Penford adds:

  • Easy and ready to use, is not alkali dependent and preparation is ammonia free
    • Available in pump-and-go liquid or dry powder that easily hydrates in the coating
    • No cooking required, saving time, hassle, and EHS exposure of the cooking process
  • No sludge or foam formation as observed with protein products.

More information is available online.


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