Historically, fillers and extenders were used as a means of adding low cost bulk to paint solid content.
Today, the range of extenders available is extremely wide and determines many of the paint's properties: gloss, opacity, flow, film toughness, permeability, rheology, resistance, etc.
IM producers have long been involved in paint manufacturers' Research & Development. Their product development is carried out hand in hand with these manufacturers, so that IM producers are able to supply products specifically tailored to current paint standards, and can adapt to future needs. Water-borne systems, low solvent paints, powder coatings, high-solid coatings;
IM are crucial to all these environment-friendly developments of paint technology.