AkzoNobel launches new Interpon W range for heat sensitive wood substrates

AkzoNobel, a global producer of paints and performance coatings for various industries, including the wood industry, has launched Interpon W, a range of powder coating solutions that can transform how designers and manufacturers work with heat sensitive substrates (HSS) such as wood and plastic.

Interpon W was developed in AkzoNobel’s Global Competence Centre for powder on HSS in Como, Italy. Bringing benefits beyond physical attraction and with sustainability as the standard, Interpon W is range of powder coatings that include the Interpon W Core, Flex Pro, Fast and Fast Pro. According to the company, the range is designed so that even the most challenging shapes and substrates can be given a seamless, consistent finish and all-round protection. They enable furniture, kitchen and bathroom products or building and construction materials to be protected and enhanced in minutes.

The Interpon W range utilises various innovations to achieve results, including ultra-low bake technologies that deliver indoor and outdoor products with optimal chemical, scratch, liquid and heat resistance, and a lower thermal curing process that offers higher weatherability and gloss retention for the more challenging applications. These innovations are used for Interpon W Core and Interpon Flex Pro respectively.

The technology behind the Interpon W Fast and Interpon W Fast Pro powder coatings takes advantage of AkzoNobel’s capabilities in UV curing. UV curing systems combine low temperature curing range of “80-120°C” with short curing time of “2-5 minutes” to deliver optimal efficiency, as reported by AkzoNobel. 

The full range allows materials such as medium-density fibreboard (MDF) or high-density fibreboard (HDF), plywood, oriented-strand board (OSB), natural wood, and gypsum board or plasterboard to benefit from a powder coating has reduced volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and have a high utilisation of material, up to 99%, with any overspray able to be recycled. And being a powder coating, all sides can be coated at once, ensuring consistent edge coverage and reduced reworking time. This process also reduces the cost per unit. 

Daniela Vlad, managing director of Powder Coatings at AkzoNobel, said the company is committed to continuous innovation: “Through innovation and worldwide market development, we are creating solutions that are transforming the potential of low cure powder coatings, and taking sustainable solutions and business performance to new heights.

“We know that switching to new technologies may come with uncertainty which is why our dedicated teams will support you in making a Safe and Easy choice for your business.”

He concluded: “In close cooperation with global network of powder coating line manufacturers, we will help you from start to finish in creating and implementing a fully-operational coating line. This includes understanding the products and processes required, and the financial benefits you can expect. It also includes supporting you with staff training and ensuring a smooth integration between the powder and coating line.”