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Decovery®: The new standard in paint

Decovery®: The new standard in paint

DSM’s Decovery® plant-based resins have been specifically developed for manufacturing paint and ink. Decovery is already the resin of choice for a wall paint sold by Benelux’s leading DIY retailer Maxeda and also an important ingredient for a new water-based coatings line for interior wood called IRIDEA BIO by the ICA Group. Together with PPG, DSM has also developed a bio-based wall paint with an air purification effect, Sigma Air Pure.

Over recent years, we have developed various routes to convert plant materials into high performance resins. Using a variety of renewable building blocks, we can tailor each solution to specific customer and market needs. For this, we use sugars, starches, natural oils and materials from trees and agricultural waste that do not compete with the food chain.

The possible applications for Decovery are almost endless, so whether it's for indoor use or outdoor, for decorative paints or factory applied ones, we can help to create the right environmentally friendly resin.

DSM further strengthens UV-curing technology platform

DSM further strengthens UV-curing technology platform

In August 2017 DSM finalized the purchase of the outstanding 49% of shares in its DSM-AGI joint venture, thereby gaining sole ownership of the Taiwan-based supplier of innovative, high-quality and environmentally friendly UV-curable resins and other specialty chemicals.

Patrick Niels, President of DSM Resins & Functional Materials, commented: “UV-curing coating systems are among the most sustainable coating technologies on the market. The acquisition of the outstanding shares underlines DSM’s commitment to create a leading position in UV resins, alongside its leading global position in powder coating and waterborne resins. UV resins are in high demand for use in high performance, low-eco footprint and high efficiency coating applications as well as for specialty applications such as for use in fiber optic coatings. Driving the transition to more sustainable technologies from our leading global market positions has been and will remain a clear growth driver for DSM and a clear value driver for our industry partners.”

Uralac® Ultra single-coating powder resin for heat-sensitive substrates

Wooden garden furniture with coating that lasts for up to 20 years

The idea of making furniture from discarded wooden crates and pallets was first explored by the famous designer Gerrit Rietveld in the 1930s,” says Dutch designer Jan Willem Henssen. “Since then, various other designers have experimented with the idea, but in 2010 I decided it was time to really push this eco-friendly, cost-effective idea to its full potential. Because I like wood, and I don’t like waste.”

The first prototypes were finished with linseed oil, but Jan-Willem found it became unstable and sticky in strong sunshine and so he turned to DSM. “We both instinctively knew that our newly developed Uralac® Ultra single-coating powder resin for heat-sensitive substrates was the perfect finish for Jan Willem’s chairs,” says Jos Verlaak, DSM’s New Business Development Manager. "But we needed to identify the best coating and curing process for unseasoned pallet wood, and we spent many hours testing various application pressures, coating thickness, and curing temperatures and times. Eventually, we found the best parameters to ensure excellent surface appearance and very high scratch and humidity resistance.”