History of Nyalic®
America’s race to the moon created an intense demand for technological advancement in alloys and coatings. One of the greatest challenges was the development of manned space capsules, vehicles that would be subjected to more punishment than any other mode of transportation in history. From the intense cold and ultraviolet radiation of space to the heat of re-entry and the expected corrosion caused after a saltwater splashdown, these vehicles had to withstand extremes never before experienced.
In their development of the Apollo space capsule, North American Rockwell solicited chemical companies and independent chemists to provide a protective coating for extruded aluminum and magnesium components of the spacecraft. Rockwell subjected over 300 different coatings to a battery of tests to determine which one would best meet its performance parameters. And the winner was Nyalic®.
After considerable R&D, Nyalic, a unique formulation, was developed using nylonic and several other polymeric resins that appeared to exhibit the properties that Rockwell was seeking – a coating that was very durable yet flexible, withstood UV rays, prevented corrosion and oxidation and performed at a film thickness as low as five microns. After intense and careful evaluation, Nyalic was chosen and used not only on the Apollo command module but on the Lunar Rover as well. Some fifty-plus years later, HBI, Inc. now owns the formula and manufactures Nyalic.
HBI has worked diligently to improve upon the original, successful formula. HBI’s R&D efforts have yielded a modified and improved product. HBI is proud to offer our original formula as well as a Nyalic formulation that meets today’s most stringent VOC requirements and an antimicrobial formula. But rest assured that the same tried and true characteristics of Nyalic that have worked for years and that so many satisfied customers have come to appreciate and depend on still remain the same.