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Moorim P&P signs an MOU with KCC for the development of environment-friendly paint
▲ President of Moorim P&P’s Research Institute Yeonggi Im (right) and Director of KCC’s Central Research Institute Beomseong Kim (left) hold up the MOU signed between the two companies at KCC’s Central Research Institute.
[Photo by KCC]
Moorim Paper, a company specializing in environment-friendly paper manufacturing (CEO Dogyun Lee) will embark on the development of environment-friendly pain with KCC, a global company for applied materials (CEO Mongjin Jung). An MOU for strategic cooperation between the two companies was signed on June 17, with a particular focus on the development of environment-friendly paint using nano-cellulose, a new material extracted from natural pulp. At the ceremony were key management of the two companies, including President of Moorim P&P’s Research Institute Yeonggi Im and Director of KCC’s Central Research Institute Beomseong Kim.
Moorim P&P, Korea’s only company to produce pulp, has a proprietary technology of manufacturing nano-cellulose using natural, fresh pulp as opposed to dry pulp. This gives the company a competitive edge both in quality and cost. Nano-cellulose refers to nanometer-sized cellulose fiber extracted from natural pulp after wood is processed into chips and made into pulp. While nano-cellulose only weigh about one fifth of steel, its strength is more than five times greater. Its biodegradability also makes it one of the most promising next-generation materials.
The nano-cellulose that will be used for developing environment-friendly paint will be extracted from the natural pulp produced first-hand by Moorim P&P, and will be optimized for water-based paint thanks to the outstanding viscosity and aquaphilic properties. In addition, the more densely connected fibers minimize the risk of paint layers from cracking and make them more resistant to scratches or friction, increasing the overall durability of the paint. Such properties of the material can be used to produce a wide range of paint that can be commercialized for application in industries ranging from automobiles, general engineering to construction. Moorim P&P’s nano-cellulose can also be used as an ingredient in skincare or makeup products, food packaging or interior materials in automobiles.
President of Moorim P&P’s Research Institute Yeonggi Im commented, “The new materials that come from the natural pulp produced by Moorim, the only Korean company to produce pulp, set a new standard for environment-friendly products. These materials will help differentiate the products developed using them and add more value to our daily lives. We will continue to redouble our efforts in developing a wide range of environment-friendly materials.”