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June 9, 2020

ICL Phosphate Specialty announces SCRATCH-X™

ICL Phosphate  Specialty announces SCRATCH-X™

ST. LOUIS, MO – May 13, 2020 – ICL Phosphate Specialty announces SCRATCH-X™, a high-performing functional additive designed to enhance scratch resistant properties of water-based coatings protecting furniture, cabinetry, and other OEM applications.

SCRATCH-X technology is the result of considerable research and coordinated development by ICL Phosphate Specialty’s Paints & Coatings scientists, which included gathering market information demands for innovative products with scratch-resistant durability.

ICL Phosphate Specialty’s Director of Research & Development, Dr. Anthony Gichuhi, said: “Over the course of three years, we have conducted extensive research in an effort to develop a novel, stabilized additive to enhance the scratch and abrasion resistance of industrial coatings, specifically UV curable coatings which are factory applied to wood flooring and kitchen cabinetry.”

Innovative SCRATCH-X products will compliment an already robust line of HALOX® branded products for the paints and coatings industries. The Paints & Coatings Team is designing virtual conferences and webcast educational seminars to showcase the superior resistant properties of SCRATCH-X. Global efforts to spotlight SCRATCH-X are already underway.

Global Lead of Paints & Coatings, Michael O’Brien added, “We continue to listen to the ‘voice of our customers’ and we discovered a key unmet need in this area of durability within next generation water-based wood coatings. SCRATCH-X continues to build on our platform of HALOX additives developed to maximize the performance and extend the expected lifetime of current coating technologies.”

About ICL Phosphate Specialty (Paint & Coatings)

ICL Phosphate Specialty is a business unit of the ICL Phosphate Solutions Division, which develops, manufactures and distributes a complete line of acids and specialty phosphates applications for a variety of industries, including coatings.  Branded additives from HALOX, LOPON, POLYRON, and TARGON are well established in this industry. To learn more about ICL Phosphate Specialty coatings offerings, please visit

About ICL

ICL is a global specialty minerals and chemicals company operating bromine, potash and phosphate mineral value chains in a unique, integrated business model. ICL extracts raw materials from well-positioned mineral assets and utilizes technology and industrial know-how to add value for customers in key agricultural and industrial markets worldwide. ICL focuses on strengthening leadership positions in all of its core value chains. It also plans to strengthen and diversify its offerings of innovative agro solutions by leveraging ICL's existing capabilities and agronomic know-how, as well as the Israeli technological ecosystem. ICL's operations are divided into four business divisions: Industrial Products (bromine value chain and complementary business); Potash; Phosphate Solutions (P2O5 Chain); and Innovative Agro Solutions. ICL's shares are dual-listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (NYSE/TASE: ICL). The company employs over 11,000 people worldwide, and its 2019 revenues totaled approximately $5.3 billion. For more information on ICL, please visit Join ICL on LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.           


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