Sherwin-Williams opens new powder plant in Poland
At the heart of the new 3,000 m2 facility lies the new “Powdura Sprint” low-cure technology for engineered wood, and the “Powdura OneCure” dry-on-dry powder coating system – both designed to provide higher quality results, energy savings, and improved efficiency.
Interest in powder for wood is growing
The new powder plant in Poland contains top-tier manufacturing equipment and a fully equipped paint laboratory. Although the grand opening will take place on April 28, the plant has been up and running since the beginning of 2016, and the work to supply manufacturers and finishers with the new powder coating technology has already begun.
“Powdura OneCure has been very well received so far, and interest in powder for wood is growing. Another aim is to offer OEM customers within the electronics and heavy equipment segments a complete global service, while becoming a bespoke supplier of high technology powders to regional finishing shops and tier suppliers. We believe our new powder plant will make this possible,” says Thomas Bergdahl, President and General Manager, EMEA. Apart from novel manufacturing techniques and a wide range of powder coating platforms, the new plant allows Sherwin-Williams to increase the value of their offering.
Matching colour and performance
“Customers can now have one supplier responsible for matching colour and performance for both their liquid and powder coated surfaces. Sherwin-Williams has powder plants in the US, Canada, Mexico, China, and now Poland, which means that global customers can get local supply and technical support with consistent quality, colour, gloss and performance around the globe,” says Bergdahl.
Powder coatings are extremely tough and durable, and properties such as UV resistance, flexibility and chemical resistance can be built in. Application is very simple and fast, requiring a far lower operator skill level to produce an excellent finish. PowduraOneCure also offers better transfer efficiencies, which leads to lower cost per m2 compared to many other powder solutions on the market.
Technology removes entire step
“By using Powdura OneCure, our customers get access to a specialised primer-topcoat system, both applied and then subject to a single cure process. This unique technology removes an entire step from the finishing process, resulting in energy and time savings. Since it’s developed to provide higher performance and more efficient production, I’m confident that we’ll see a lot of clients embracing this technology in the near future,” Bergdahl concludes.