Ten times faster with powder coatings
When high-end kitchen cabinet manufacturer, Kempa, recently decided to go with DSM’s Uralac® Ultra-based powder coatings, company owner Paul Maeyninckx expected faster processing, but was happily shocked when his team achieved a ten-fold reduction. “Obviously, it depends on the type of substrate and the number of layers,” says Maeyninckx. “But it is possible to use just three minutes of oven time with powder, rather than the half an hour with paint.”
Uralac Ultra is a breakthrough technology that enables first-time-right powder coating of heat-sensitive substrates such as MDF. It contains no toxic solvents, and its low-energy, no-water process protects the environment as well as the production line. A comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment measures a Carbon Footprint that is five times lower than solvent-borne coatings.
Every one of Kempa’s products is a unique high-end commission, so the company cannot afford to deliver anything less than top-quality product. “Powder coatings are faster to process than liquid paint because there is no priming and less sanding involved,” says Maeyninckx. “There’s also reduced curing time. So you can see why it is ten times faster – especially for single-coat processing. But make no mistake, this increased speed does not impact at all on quality.”