Society has generally understood the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions through reducing consumption of fossil-based resources. The use of natural products (e.g. oils or waxes) to protect wood surfaces is nothing new, but the disadvantage of such systems is their poor performance in demanding environments such as kitchens or baths. The furniture industry has been a front-runner in the implementation of waterborne solutions as an alternative to traditional solventborne systems. However, the sustainability of furniture can be improved even further, as the collaboration between Sirca, RiFRA and Covestro has proved.
Quality and style with added value
The aim of this collaboration was to reduce the use of fossil resources for wood coatings through the bio-based hardener Bayhydur® eco, and thus make plant-based wood coatings possible that do not come at the expense of performance. Sirca’s customer RiFRA was very interested in trying this novel bio-based coating on one of its new furniture collections. RiFRA saw renewable coatings as a key feature to enhance the end consumer’s wellbeing with materials more in harmony with the environment. Matteo Rivolta, the RiFRA CEO, explains: “A new coating has to bring quality and style, but if it creates additional value for consumers as this renewable coating does, this certainly is a great step forward to a more sustainable living.”
Renewable coating that boosts performance
The coating application was as smooth to the touch as the company’s standard clear coat is, delivering the same excellent performance as conventional fossil-based coatings. And as Maurizio Durante, the Sirca Vice-President, points out, “Sirca has been developing bio-based systems for some years now, but most raw materials could not meet the quality level our customers require. Bayhydur® eco boosted the hardness and chemical resistance of the renewable system and contributed to create an outstanding coating.”
Bayhydur® eco: Benefits in a nutshell
Excellent performance in mechanical and chemical resistance
Hydrophilic hardener: 66% bio-content and improved carbon footprint
Back in the early seventies Tarcisio and Luigi Durante brothers established Sirca company, nowadays one of the leading Italian Companies in the wood coatings market, with a widespread network of specialized distributors in more than 40 Countries, anywhere from Europe to Russia and India.
RIFRA is a brand that has been synonymous with elegance, style and constant innovation for 45 years in the world of interior design. In recent years, RIFRA has set its focus on the design, production and marketing of high quality kitchens and bathroom products.
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