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High-performance Bayhydur® waterborne coatings for a premier kitchen brand

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The furniture industry has long been a front-runner in the implementation of waterborne solutions as an alternative to solventborne systems. With its time-honored history of innovation Poggenpohl is constantly looking for new and better ways of making long-lasting furniture, while reducing its environmental impact is also a high priority.

Task

Create a long-lasting wood coating with a smaller environmental footprint

Poggenpohl decided to collaborate with Adler, an Austrian coating manufacturer, to develop a long-lasting waterborne coating system for kitchens that would minimize VOC emissions.
Challenge

Formulate a coating that is both durable and more environmentally friendly

As some waterborne technologies cannot compete in performance with solventbased 2K polyurethane (PU) systems, the aim of the collaboration between Covestro, Adler, and Poggenpohl was to show that 2K PU waterborne systems for Bayhydur®-based wood coatings are comparable to, or even better than, their solventborne counterparts in terms of chemical and mechanical resistance, and they deliver a significant reduction in VOC emissions.

We chose Adler’s 2K waterborne systems not only because of their lower environmental impact, but also due to their high product quality, high process stability and reproducibility, and comparatively lower processing times.

Christiane Danielsmeyer

Marketing Manager, Poggenpohl

Solution

Bayhydur®: added value with a 2K waterborne PU coating

By choosing the right type of Bayhydur® hardener, it is possible to adjust and boost the performance of the coating system to meet the specific requirements of nearly every piece of furniture. Poggenpohl has been using Adler’s 2K WB PU coatings based on Bayhydur® for some years now, as Christiane Danielsmeyer, Marketing Manager at Poggenpohl, explains: “We chose Adler’s 2K waterborne systems not only because of their lower environmental impact, but also due to their high product quality, high process stability and reproducibility, and comparatively lower processing times.” The development of latest-generation Bayhydur® types has significantly increased their chemical resistance to stains like coffee and wine, even in white pigmented systems – a quality that comes hand in hand with easy incorporation and robustness. And as Dr. Albert Rössler, Head of R&D at ADLER Werk Lackfabrik, points out, “Today, waterbased polyurethane systems enable environmentally friendly furniture lacquers to be produced without sacrificing quality. Covestro is always an innovative partner, especially with their Bayhydur® portfolio.

Today, water-based polyurethane systems enable environmentally friendly furniture lacquers to be produced without sacrificing quality. Covestro is always an innovative partner, especially with their Bayhydur® portfolio

Dr. Albert Rössler

Head of R&D, ADLER Werk Lackfabrik

Why Bayhydur® was the right solution for Adler and Poggenpohl

  • Lower environmental impact: Bayhydur® offers a more sustainable solution thanks to lower VOC emissions.
  • Durable: Robust surface resists scratches.
  • Stain-resistant: Enhanced chemical resistance to tough stains.
  • Customizable: Adaptable hardeners help satisfy varying surface requirements.

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