Alcea hosts the Development of Water-Resistant, Functional, Regulation Compliant Water-borne Wood Coating meeting
On tuesday, May 21, 2013 will take place the meeting "Development of Water-Resistant, Functional, Regulation Compliant Water-borne Wood Coating" at Alcea's headquarters in Senago (Milan); the meeting is held within the European project "Ecovarn".
Ecovarn is developed under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), the EU's main instrument for funding research in Europe that will run from 2007-2013 and is designed to respond to Europe's employment needs, competitiveness and quality of life.
The need to develop new water-based products that can compete with actual solvent-based ones, was strongly recognized by all actors in the sector.
Using water as solvent is the innovative approach, making our product basically VOC-free, and thus satisfying the guidelines for emissions both in Europe and in the USA.
Polymeric raw materials derived from renewable vegetable sources were used in this work, contributing in creating alternatives to the products currently used, based on acrylic resins, polyurethanic resins and modified in water solution resins, thus developing a manufacturing process for polyurethanic systems from vegetable oils and fatty acids.
The developed formulations have given excellent results with regard to resistance to abrasion and wear and from the aesthetic point of view.
The purpose of this project was to help two major sectors in Europe, wood paneling and wooden furniture, encouraging the development of a new technology of water-based wood coatings with high requirements, all leading to the VOC-FREE regulatory framework in pursuing the so-called GREEN HOME or GREEN BUILDING, more and more current, which prefigures, in the near future, important developments such to offer market opportunities in sectors such as wooden furniture and wood paneling.