AkzoNobel combined the look of wood with the durability of metal

February 24, 2020 | 17:16
Thanks to the Sublimation Transfer Finish (STF) method, which is used to camouflage one material to look like another, a natural-looking timber effect can be created by applying Interpon D STF powder coatings to architectural metalwork such as facades, windows, doors, screens, shutters, louvres, and even outdoor furniture.
akzonobel combined the look of wood with the durability of metal
AkzoNobel coatings can give the look and feel or wood to much hardier metal surfaces

The Powder Coatings business of AkzoNobel, the leading paints and coatings company, has revealed how to combine the look of wood with the long-lasting durability of metal, using STF technology.

Maximilian Schreder, regional commercial director for AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business in South Asia, said, “Wood is a popular choice in Vietnam. However, it's expensive, heavy, susceptible to adverse weather conditions, has design limitations, and needs constant aftercare. Powder coatings don't have these limitations. They are cost-effective, virtually maintenance-free, tough, and offer greater design flexibility. The aluminium wood grain finish from the Interpon D STF range is so realistic that it's almost indistinguishable from the real thing.”

Next to being a cost-effective solution, powder coating has many other benefits over wood. Its superior durability extends the lifetime of the product it coats, a claim supported by AkzoNobel’s 15-year performance warranty. Powder is also a sustainable solution as it contains no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and no toxic metals such as lead or chromium (VI). It is easy to apply, and can be recycled any sprayed over overspray to ensure minimal waste.

“Interpon D STF is available in a range of textures and finishes in addition to wood, and it is available in both interior and exterior formats. We conduct extensive global trend research so we can develop colours and designs that meet our customers' needs and the Interpon brand offers the best warranties in the industry,” he added.

AkzoNobel was the first global powder coatings supplier to obtain the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) back in 2015. The international EPD system reveals the environmental performance of a product throughout its lifecycle and underlines AkzoNobel’s ongoing commitment to providing sustainable products for its customers.

All products in the Interpon D range meet globally-recognised AAMA 2603 & AAMA 2604 standards, which set out the performance requirements relating to gloss retention, colour uniformity, weathering durability, humidity, impact, and chemical resistance. The Interpon D range truly has a powder for every climate, building type, and taste.

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. Its world-class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens, and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, it is active in over 150 countries and employs around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services customers expect.

By Ha Vy

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