Covestro, RiFRA, Sirca collaborate sustainable furniture coating

Covestro, RiFRA, Sirca collaborate for sustainable furniture coating

6:05 AM, 1st April 2017
Covestro, RiFRA, Sirca collaborate for sustainable furniture coating
In a joint project furniture manufacturer RiFRA, coatings supplier Sirca and Covestro proved that the sustainability of furniture can be improved even further.

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY: Covestro AG, RiFRA MiIano-a design furniture company and coatings supplier Sirca have collaborated to further improve the sustainability of furniture.

The aim of the three partners was to reduce the use of fossil resources for wood coatings through the hardener Bayhydur eco 7190 from Covestro, which has a biomass content of 66 percent. Sirca used it for developing a two-component biobased waterborne coating. Sirca’s customer RiFRA, a well-renowned Italian manufacturer of design furniture, tried the new coating on one of its new furniture collections.

Furniture manufacturers are continuously striving for a more sustainable production and for reducing their carbon footprint. Hence it is no wonder, that the furniture industry has been a front-runner in the implementation of waterborne coatings as an alternative to traditional solvent-borne systems.

High performance, improved carbon footprint

The coating application is as smooth to the touch as the standard clear coating of Sirca, delivering the same excellent performance as conventional fossil-based coatings. This is, in particular, true for its resistance to demanding environments such as kitchens or baths.

“Sirca has been developing biobased systems for some years now, but most raw materials could not meet the quality level that our customers require. Bayhydur eco-boosted the hardness and chemical resistance of the renewable system and contributed to creating an outstanding coating,” said Maurizio Durante, VP of Sirca.

“A new coating has to fulfil our requirements regarding quality and style, but if it creates additional value for consumers, as this new biobased coating does, this certainly is a great step forward to more sustainable living,” added Matteo Rivolta, CEO of RiFRA.

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