In the face of ongoing uncertainty in global PVDF (or polyvinylidene difluoride) supply chains, coatings and paint manufacturer AkzoNobel has launched a campaign to help its partners navigate the changing PVDF landscape.

Changes in global market dynamics, including increased demand from markets such as electric vehicle batteries and solar panels, have led to interruptions in the supply of PVDF resin commonly used in coil coatings. This, in turn, has affected the availability of some PVDF-containing products. 

AkzoNobel has produced a suite of tools and information to help its partners and end-users respond to these challenges. The aim is to help partners gain a full understanding of the PVDF situation and enable them to make more informed decisions about the best solutions for their specific circumstances.

“The robust versatility of PVDF means it is in high demand. This has squeezed supplies to the metal coatings industry, as well as pushed up prices. We want to support our customers in responding to these challenges by helping them understand the context and, where necessary, find new solutions,” explains Bo Matzner, Global Product Marketing Director, Coil and Extrusion Coatings at AkzoNobel.

In many cases, Matzner says, AkzoNobel offers a non-PVDF equivalent or similar product delivering the same quality required. At the same time, its research and development team is working to develop new offerings