Rich is currently Vice President of Micro Powders. He joined MPI in 2011 as Technical Director. He has over 35 years of experience in the coatings and inks industries and has held leadership roles in product development, technology, regulatory affairs, and technical services before joining MPI.

New Natural and Biodegradable Wax Additives

Richard Czarnecki, Micro Powders, Inc.

Wax additives are an essential part of any ink and coating formulator’s toolkit. Micronized wax powders, dispersions and emulsions can improve the durability of all types of surface coatings, imparting slip, abrasion and scratch resistance, anti-blocking, and rub resistance.Most commercial wax additives are based on synthetic materials including polyethylene and polypropylene. In the last few years, there has been a growing trend to develop formulated systems that contain higher percentages of materials that are bio-based, renewable, and/or biodegradable.