AkzoNobel powder coating passes flexibility and sustainability test

08:09 | 18/06/2019
Customers who use architectural powder coatings no longer have to make a choice between applying a product that is either superdurable or flexible – because thanks to AkzoNobel, they now can have both, paired with new powder options with sustainability benefits.
akzonobel powder coating passes flexibility and sustainability test
AkzoNobel’s new powder coating is yet another industry-first

Interpon Structura Flex is the first and only powder range on the market to combine the weatherability of superdurable powder coatings with the mechanical performance advantages of standard durable systems.

It is a major development for customers, because prior to this latest innovation, the higher the durability of a coating was, the lower its flexibility was. So if a piece of metal was pre-coated and then needed to be bent or formed into shape, a standard durability powder coating would often be used, because they offer higher flexibility to prevent cracking.

Now the days of making that trade-off are over.

“We’re proud to deliver another industry-first which meets the needs of our customers,” says Jean-Paul Moonen, segment manager for Architectural Coatings at AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business.

“Specifiers and architects are increasingly moving towards superior durability, and because we’re always looking to innovate, we’ve developed a pioneering solution which sets a new standard in the market.”

Ten Interpon Structura Flex products are now available, all in a stylish and trendy colour range.

Ten Interpon Structura Flex products are available, all in a stylish and trendy colour range. It means window and door manufacturers can now upgrade to superdurable level – without compromising flexibility – and extend the lifetime and warranty of their finished products.

Besides, AkzoNobel also introduced Interpon 610 Low-E with energy benefits. Specially engineered for curing at temperatures lower than the current standard of 180-190°C, the new offering is TGIC-free polyester, which saves energy and helps customers improve their efficiency.

A total of 50 smooth products have been designed for a wide range of customers, including industrial manufacturers of steel constructions, street and garden furniture, and agricultural and construction equipment.

“Our Interpon Low-E range means customers can now use curing temperatures ranging from 150-170°C, without losing quality or the physical properties of the coating. All products in the range can be cured between eight and 40 minutes, which also helps to increase productivity during the coatings process,” said Mark Reekie, Powder Coatings’ Global Segment manager, General Industry.

The polyester-based products are available in a wide range of colours, are easy to apply and offer outstanding light and weather resistance.

They also offer all the benefits inherent to powder coatings, such as no VOCs, reduced waste (over-sprayed powder can be recycled) and lower transport costs.

“Our ambition knows no limits,” adds Daniela Vlad, managing director of AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business. “As a world leader in powder coatings, we will continue to seek out fresh opportunities, offer the best solutions and strive to serve our customers better than anyone.”

Headquartered in the Netherlands, AkzoNobel is now active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people. Its world-class portfolio of brands –including Dulux, International, Sikkens, and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe.

By Anh Duc

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