DBM (Di-n-butylmaleate) for PVA Coatings

Di-n-butylmaleate (DBM) is a key component in the manufacture of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) adhesives and coatings. Because of the structure of their alkyl chains, DBM increases both flexibility and hydrophobicity in PVA polymers.

This product is made in part from renewable, bio-based raw materials, enabling a more sustainable value chain. Fossil-based, water-soluble, and biodegradable, PVA is central to a wide range of coating applications. PVA-based systems offer good physical protection combined with high productivity. They are smoother than cellulosic solutions, with lower viscosity and superior adhesion.


Cheese Coatings

PVA containing DBM is approved for food contact applications and is ideal as a non-toxic protective plastic coating for cured cheeses. It regulates moisture, enables a range of finishes, and improves the shelf-life of cheese products. 


Typical Properties

Acid Value
Water (K.F.)
Color Number
Assay (GC-Area %)
max. 0.2 mg KOH/g
max. 0.2%
max. 30 APHA
min. 98.0%

Values shown in the above table are typical properties

Application Highlights

Cheese Coatings

Increases the shelf-life

PVA Coatings

Helps regulate moisture

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