Carbofen is a Vinsol Resin Substitute

Carbofen is a Vinsol Resin Substitute

Given the increasing demand for natural resins in the global market as companies focus more on their green footprint and allied with the decrease in the supply of Vinsol, Polytrade offers its line of Carbofen products as a substitute and extender for the Vinsol resins.

The year of 2018 was a full one, complete with many victories. Our company closed a deal for blending and distribution services with 2 American companies in order to better serve our clients in the North American market. In addition, Polytrade secured a business partnership with a couple of international logistics companies to improve our lead and delivery times. Notwithstanding, we make sure that Polytrade has an inventory buffer at all times and that Carbofen and Respin are available for immediate freight and sea shipping.

Our Carbofen line of natural resins, Carbofen 6060, Carbofen 5055, Carbofen NCX and Carbofen 5770, act as Vinsol Resin replacements when it comes to several applications in a variety of industries, such as:

  • Air-entraining agent and plasticizer for cement, concrete and mortar,
  • Anionic bitumen emulsifier for slow setting (SS-1 and SS-1H) emulsions for road pavement rejuvenation, microsufacing, slurry seal and roofing applications,
  • Adhesives and sealants for the gasket industry,
  • Flexographic inks and coatings,
  • Foundry coatings, varnishes and inks,
  • Binder in paperboard and composition board.


As you can see from the list above, Carbofen is a Vinsol substitute, since it can be as extensively applied as the Vinsol resins. For instance, depending on the application, the Vinsol Resin can be exchanged by Carbofen 6060, Carbofen 5055 or Carbofen 5770, while the Vinsol NVX Resinate can be substituted by Carbofen NCX. The following table summarizes the above information:

The Carbofen product line is extensive and is a Vinsol resin replacement for innumerous applications in several industries. Below we will discuss the utilization of the Carbofen family when replacing the Vinsol resins in the concrete admixture, bitumen emulsion, adhesives and gasket industries.

In the concrete industry, Carbofen 6060, Carbofen 5055 and Carbofen NCX can be utilized and are all in compliance with ASTM C260, Standard Specification for Air-Entraining Admixtures for Concrete. Usually, our clients purchase Carbofen 6060 and Carbofen 5055 as an air entraining agent for concrete and use these products in the wet concrete mix as an additive. For mortar and cement mixes in dry systems, Carbofen NCX is the product sought after, since it is already neutralized and presented in a free-flowing powder. Being a saponified and powdered version of Carbofen 6060 brings all the air entraining capabilities of our product with a highly-convenient solubility in water. Thus, the Carbofen family can replace both the Vinsol Resin (flake or powder) with Carbofen 6060 and Carbofen 5055, while Carbofen NCX is a substitute for the Vinsol NVX Resinate for dry-mix concrete and mortar applications.

For the bitumen emulsions industry, both Carbofen 6060 and Carbofen 5055 can be used as anionic bitumen emulsifiers for slow setting (SS-1 & SS-1H) emulsions. The resulting emulsions using our Carbofen resins can be employed in several applications, such as road, tennis court and parking lot paving, slurry seal, microsurfacing and roofing. Due to its chemical and physical properties, Carbofen NCX can also be utilized as an anionic bitumen emulsifier. However, due to its premium quality and the competitive nature of the anionic bitumen emulsion market, Carbofen NCX is not a cost-effective solution for this market segment. That said, Carbofen 6060 and Carbofen 5055 are both a practical answer and Vinsol replacement resins for the anionic bitumen emulsion industry. Especially Carbofen 5055, which is already neutralized and presented in liquid form.

In the adhesives and gasket industry, both Carbofen 6060 and Carbofen 5770 are sought after as ingredients due to their thermoplastic and bonding characteristics. The factor that decides which resin to pick depends solely on the client’s application. Also, depending on the desired consistency of the adhesive, the machinery available and the processes put in place, one will be picked over the other. So, we always suggest that the client test both Carbofen 6060 and Carbofen 5770 before making a final purchase decision to maximize convenience and optimize their production processes.

The Carbofen product line consists of all-natural resins. Our products are derived from the Brazilian native Araucaria Angustifolia, also known as the Paraná Pine. This native tree to the south of Brazil can only be found in the region and nowhere else in the world. Unlike the Vinsol resin which is extracted from tree stumps, the Carbofen resins are extracted from the pine knot, a highly dense and resinous area that is burdened with the task of holding the branches of the tree to the trunk. Thus, there is no need to cut down trees to extract the raw resin, since the pine knot can be collected from the ground when branches fall from the Araucaria.

Fortunately, the region where the Paraná Pine is found in Brazil is free of natural disasters. Thus, the raw materials that compose our portfolio are safe from the interruption of supply as the aftermath of tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.…. Thanks to the climate of Brazil, Polytrade always has raw materials to manufacture its products.

Updated on June/18/2019.

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