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- 2021 Innovation
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, designed to recognise outstanding achievements. Anacarda is delighted and extremely proud to have received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for its specialist phenalkamine products offered under its Cardamine brand.
Anacarda Ltd is an innovative polymer designer and supplier of specialist bio-based curing agents for epoxy resins derived from sustainable feedstocks. Anacardium occidentale, the cashew nut tree, and the name of the tree that bears the fruit and nut from which a unique substituted phenol is extracted for this product range, was the inspiration for the name of the company.
Pioneers in the field
This specialist business was set up by three entrepreneurs, all with a deep rooted interest in high performance chemistry derived from sustainable feedstocks, and providing alternative solutions to formulators of the highest performing specialist coatings. Paul H Jones, Brian Allen and Eric Van Nevel joined forces to explore their vision for Anacarda Ltd, and aligned themselves with the market leading specialist coating organization, knowing they would recognise and value the attributes and environmental benefits the new products offered.
Cardamine grades are used in a wide variety of applications, especially in industrial and marine protective coatings. In keeping with UN initiatives and targeting Sustainable Development Goals, the Cardamine grades tick a multitude of boxes aside from their green sustainable feedstock and high biobased carbon content. These materials not only satisfy new regulations, but they also provide exceptional cure response under low temperatures and adverse conditions. They have been formulated to be robust enough for use in a broad number of climatic conditions and, as such, allow formulation of systems that can be successfully employed all over the globe. The cured films exhibit outstanding hydrophobicity and subsequent corrosion protection, extending the life of the coated substrates.
Paul Jones FRSC, Managing Director – and already a proud Queen’s Award recipient for innovative products developed for Bitrez Ltd – said: “I’m delighted that Anacarda has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, especially in the Innovation category.
“The design and development of technically advanced products that are free from volatile organic materials, substances of very high concern, and derived from sustainable feedstock is at the heart of the Anacarda business ethos.
“With greater interest in creating and maintaining a circular economy, and with due consideration of the UN Sustainability Development Goals, we set up this business purely to develop bio-based materials.
“This range of products not only offers performance benefits, but provides safer, cleaner, and more environmentally friendly products. Ahead of the forthcoming COP26 UN climate change conference, it is extremely gratifying to receive this honour, and this award celebrates the loyalty of our much-valued customers who trust in our expertise and commitment to develop innovative products to aid compliance with environmental and regulatory reform.
“Having identified the target requirements, we brought these materials to market, with Cardamine now recognised as the leading high-performance product in this class of chemistry, and it is an honour to be recognised with this award.”
Anacarda’s exports continue to increase, with over 90% coming from Cardamine grades. To date, sales have exceeded more than 800 tonnes of Cardamine across the globe.