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Development of novel, solvent free, decorative surface coatings forwood based panels

Objective



The purpose of the project is to develop a commercially viable and novel coating process which has significant advantages over current technology in the areas of environmental protection, new coating products and reduced process costs. The primary tasks in the project will be to develop new powder formulations for application to timber based substrates which emulate the large variety of appearance and performance properties currently available for metal coating. Encouraging results from a previous feasibility study, have encouraged a GB based SME, Eurotek Office Furniture Ltd to become the Prime Proposer of this project. Eurotek would like to develop a new finishing system based on solvent free materials which would be suitable for the coating of wood based furniture panels. It is envisaged that the project will conclude with the introduction of a new, successful and fully commercial panel coating operation within a furniture and parquet floor component manufacturing site. Significant environmental benefits are predicted as the resultant process will enable manufacturing companies to reduce their Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) by 100%, especially when finishing wood based materials including Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF). In addition major reductions, of up to 90%, in waste from coatings are currently being forecasted. Manufacturing costs will also be reduced significantly due to the advantages offered by a one coat process compared to the more traditional multi coat process which uses solvent based carriers. A recent feasibility report has indicated that SMEs have the potential to reduce their finishing costs by up to 40% in coating application and 95% in energy consumption for the curing of coatings. The proposed project involves both SMEs from the GB and The Netherlands together with relevant research and development expertise at FIL (GB), TNO (NL) and The Buckinghamshire College (GB). Additional SME involvement is encouraged especially from furniture, joinery and other wood based manufacturing sectors throughout the EC.

Funding Scheme

CRS - Cooperative research contracts

Coordinator

Eurotek Office Furniture Ltd.
Address
Southern Cross Trading Estate
PO22 9SB Bognor Regis
United Kingdom

Participants (9)

AHA Studio 2
Netherlands
Address
4,Het Rondeel 4
6219 PG Maastricht
Bruest CIS Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Bickenhill Lane
B37 7HE Marston Green Birmingham
Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education
United Kingdom
Address
Queen Alexandra Road
HP11 2JZ High Wycombe
DSM RESINS BV
Netherlands
Address
Ceintuurbaan 5
Zwolle
Dekora Parket BV
Netherlands
Address
2,Kleine Straat 2
6422 PS Heerlen
FIRA International Limited
United Kingdom
Address
Maxwell Road
SG1 2EW Stevenage
Furniture Industry Research Association
United Kingdom
Address
Maxwell Road
SG1 2EW Stevenage - Hertfordshire
NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH - TNO
Netherlands
Address

2600 AA Delft
PED TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
Huxley Close Park Farm South
NN8 6AB Wellingborough