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Improved Service Life Prediction and Test Capability for Wood Coatings

Objective

The paints, coatings and varnishes manufacturing sector in Europe is worth an estimated €20billion, supporting approximately 4130 SMEs and is responsible for employing 59,600 people within these SMEs. In particular, the wood coatings sector is facing a number of threats. The sector is coming under increasing pressure from low cost imports from Asia that have low solids content and subsequently poor durability. There is a need in Europe to maximise the use of timber as a sustainable resource within the built environment. For coated components including windows, doors and cladding this requires maximising service life and minimising maintenance costs. Wood coatings have themselves undergone considerable change in response to environmental and other legislation and require substantial testing to establish or predict service life across different wood species and climatic zones. The pace of development and potential long life of modern coatings means that real life durability data will not be available when new products are brought to the market place and this creates a risk which affects SME joinery manufacturers and applicators. Ultimately it will also affect the downstream customer and consumers who in the absence of credible guarantees may use less sustainable substrates for components, such as uPVC or Aluminium. A response to this problem has been the emergence of national and institution certification schemes. However these can effectively amount to barriers to trade between countries and do not rigorously address the issue of service life prediction. The SERVOWOOD project will address this issue by developing a service life prediction methodology which can be incorporated into the portfolio of European Standards for exterior wood coatings. To this end the project brings together experts on wood coatings from the relevant European Standards Committee with representatives from trade associations and others in the supply chain.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/paper and wood
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/atmospheric sciences/climatology/climatic zones

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

CONSEIL EUROPEEN DE L'INDUSTRIE DESPEINTURES DES ENCRES D'IMPRIMERIE ET DES COULEURS D'ART AISBL
Address
Avenue Edmond Van Nieuwenhuyse 6
1160 Bruxelles
Belgium
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 247 453,28
Administrative Contact
Carine Willems (Mrs.)

Participants (14)

DANMARKS FARVE OG LIMINDUSTRI
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 184 464
Address
H.c. Andersens Boulevard 18
1787 Kobenhavn V
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Gitte Tuesen (Ms.)
VERBAND FENSTER + FASSADE EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 94 441
Address
Walter Kolb Strasse 1-7
60594 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Frank Koos (Mr.)
ASOCIACION CLUSTER CONSTRUCCION SOSTENIBLE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 245 352
Address
Calle Santiago Cuadrado 30
38006 Santa Cruz De Tenerife
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Diego Hijar (Mr.)
THE BRITISH COATINGS FEDERATION LIMITED LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 265 046
Address
Guildford Road Riverbridge House
KT22 9AD Leatherhead
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Tom Bowtell (Mr.)
BRITISH WOODWORKING FEDERATION LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 277 395
Address
Store Street 26 The Building Centre
WC1E 7BT London
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Iain Mcilwee (Mr.)
GEORGE BARNSDALE & SONS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 259 995
Address
High Street Donington 24
PE11 4TA Spalding Lincs
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stephen Wright (Mr.)
DRYWOOD COATINGS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 283 745
Address
Hendrik Ter Kuilestraat 181
7547 SK Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ben Berkel (Mr.)
PAUSCH MESSTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 261 412
Address
Karlstrasse 6
42781 Haan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marion Kolb (Ms.)
OVERFLADETEKNIK MALETEKNISK RADGIVNING APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 300 970
Address
Akacievej 2A Flong
2640 Hedehusene
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Svane (Mr.)
INSTITUT TECHNOLOGIQUE FCBA (FORETCELLULOSE BOIS-CONSTRUCTION AMEUBLEMENT)
France
EU contribution
€ 25 513
Address
10 Rue De Galilee
77420 Champs Sur Marne
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anne Gallou (Ms.)
OSTERREICHISCHE GESELLSCHAFT FUR HOLZFORSCHUNG VEREIN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 31 945
Address
Franz Grill Strasse 7
1030 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Linsenmann (Mr.)
PRA TRADING LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 48 847,92
Address
High Street Castle Mews 14
TW12 2NP Hampton
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wendy Williams (Ms.)
CATAS SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 11 628
Address
Via Antica 24/3
33048 San Giovanni Al Natisone Ud
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrea Giavon (Dr.)
EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 51 417
Address
Ueberlandstrasse 129
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Claude Gebel (Mr.)