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The food- and pharmaceutical industries

We coat metals like e.g. machine components, sealing plates for packaging machinery and baking trays for the food industry to protect them against corrosion. In the pharmaceutical industry coatings are used in particular when the medium is very aggressive. A protective layer with non-stick properties prevents metal surfaces from getting dirty and makes them easier to clean.

The wide variety of applications means that we use various different coatings in this sector. Rilsan® is Kiwa, DVGW/KTW and WICS certified. It is applied as corrosion protection  to carbon steel. Halar® and ETFE have Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and create a hard-wearing non-stick layer that we apply by electrostatic powder coating. Specially for EX environments we also have conducting or anti-static coatings that offer good non-stick characteristics.

Frequently asked questions

Fluoropolymers are coatings known for their good non-stick properties. In addition to Xylan® and Halar®, Teflon® is also a household name in this field. The name Teflon® is used by it's manufacturer for a large group of fluoropolymers, such as PTFE, FEP, PFA and ETFE.

The food industry in particular uses non-stick coatings. These coatings are resistant to high temperatures and are easy to clean. These properties also come in handy for many other applications.

These coatings are mainly used in the pharmaceutical and food industry. The final products of these companies are often exported outside the Netherlands, which means that the coatings used in the production process must comply with European standards.

These coatings must meet strict requirements in order to be used in contact with food. The coatings are not allowed to release any harmful substances into the food. In Europe the coatings must meet European standards, while in America the coatings must have an FDA approval.

A coating with an FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval can be used in contact with food. This approval is mainly requested by US related companies. In Europe there are comparable standards that coatings have to meet.

Several fluoropolymers do have the FDA approval. Some of these coatings are:

  • Xylan®
  • ETFE
  • Halar® XPH

These coatings are mainly used in the pharmaceutical and food industry. The final products of these companies are often exported to America, which means that the coatings used in the production processes has to comply with the American FDA.