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Veggie-Plastic Comes To New Zealand and Coats in Wanaka

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Dunedin, June 29, 2017 — A unique vegetable oil and gypsum based protective coating Ecodur has made its first appearance in New Zealand where demand for the safest possible protective coatings with the least amount of environmental impact, is growing.

Ecodur is made from renewable castor oil from India and naturally occurring gypsum, a soft rock that, when subject to high temperatures, gives off water vapour.

New Zealand imports high-purity gypsum in large quantities, up to 25,000 tonnes a time, from South Australia which is then made mostly into plaster board for walls in homes and buildings. However, gypsum is finding increasing favour in New Zealand’s agriculture and horticultural industries and plays an important role in improving heavy clay soils.

“We searched long and hard for a coating formulation which would have the best green credentials combined with high performance. You cannot have one without the other,” commented Titus Waterproofing owner, Murray Morgan.

“Of course, it has stand-out features right off the bat being completely free of Volatile Organic Compounds, BPA-free, and not requiring solvents in any way shape or form. But it was the coating’s quarter century of real world use on everything from ship decks to hundreds and hundreds of frac oil and production water tanks, that really impressed.

“Those tanks are often exposed to some of the toughest chemicals to attack steel. Not only that, the tanks often experience physical shock and wild fluctuations in temperature that rapidly cause conventional epoxy coatings to fail.”

Titus used Ecodur for the first time in Wanaka in a commercial bakery and hallways where the original concrete floor coating was starting to fail.

“This was a case where we need a VOC-free solution to minimise disruption and one that can stick to concrete with exceptional adhesion power. Typically, Ecodur has double the grip strength of most, if not all, conventional coatings. Its very high flame retardant qualities were a bonus.

“We finished off with an overcoat of polyaspartic coating which was liberally sprinkled with glass beads to provide a safe, non-slip flooring for such a high traffic area where you do not want anyone to slip if liquids get spilled.”

Morgan acknowledges that Dunedin does not have a particularly challenging climate. Dunedin features an oceanic climate which is greatly modified by its proximity to the ocean. This leads to mild summers and cool winters.

“That being said, human activity is much the same as where the Ecodur came from. Steel still rusts if not protected, and floors deteriorate under foot traffic as elsewhere. But what has pervaded globally is the drive for more and better green coatings with little or no impact on the environment.

“We are becoming far more aware of how contaminants can travel vast distances and that we have to take responsibility whether we are in New Zealand or a major US city. At the end of the day we all live on the same plant and breathe the same air,” concluded Morgan.

TITUS is a Dunedin owned and operated business providing high quality waterproofing and customer service to Otago, Central Otago and Southland.

Castagra Products Inc., has its registered office in Reno, Nevada, USA, and headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. It has its main toll production facility in Houston in Texas. The company is focussed on providing ultra-protective VOC-free, BPA-free, non-toxic coatings for flooring, roofing, water and waste water industries and oil, gas, frac production water storage tanks and pipes.