The safest cross-linkers and anti-hydrolysis agents on the market

The safest cross-linkers and anti-hydrolysis agents on the market

Thursday, 13 July, 2023

If you are looking for a cross-linker for water-borne coatings or a hydrolysis stabiliser for bioplastics, it is not too late to discover carbodiimides.

What are carbodiimides

Carbodiimides are organic compounds that include the following functional group:

[– N = C = N –]

The carbodiimide group reacts with carboxylic acid groups, allowing cross-linking with resins containing these functional groups. Some examples include polyurethane dispersions, acrylic emulsions and water-dispersible polyesters.

They are safe, sustainable cross-linkers that can be dispersed in water and do not add VOCs to the formulation.

At Comindex we distribute these carbodiimides under the CARBODILITE range, manufactured by Nisshinbo.

Benefits of the use of carbodiimides as cross-linkers

Aside from being environmentally friendly, other noteworthy benefits of these products include:

  • They have a high open time
  • They react at ambient temperature
  • They improve adherence
  • They do not impact flexibility
  • They are easily dispersible
  • They provide anti-hydrolysis in resins containing ester-type bonds
  • The cross-linker is safer in applications involving food contact


  • Wood coatings for floors, parquet, furniture and decks
  • Industrial coatings on metal, aluminium doors, etc.
  • Coatings on concrete, industrial floors, microcement
  • Coatings on plastic, such as PVC, window and door structures, floors, etc.
  • Coatings on fiberglass, profiles
  • Leather coatings
  • Inks

Carbodiimides also have applications in thermoplastics as they improve the anti-hydrolysis properties of polymers like PLA, PBS, PET/recycled PET, PBT, elastomeric polyester, PA and starch-based resin, etc. They also have a huge variety of other applications, such as:

  • Appliance covers
  • Food packaging
  • Agricultural film
  • Car interior parts
  • Wire coverings
  • Toys and stationery

In short, carbodiimides provide a safe, environmentally-friendly solution for high performance water-borne coating applications and for plastics.

For further information about these products please contact our team of technical sales advisors.

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