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First-ever locomotive protected by sustainable bio-based coating

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The transport industry is always looking for new concepts to reduce its carbon footprint and improve vehicle sustainability.

Task

Supply a coating based on renewable materials

Protecting rail vehicles with renewably sourced coatings would reduce the carbon footprint of transporting goods or passengers.
Challenge

Improve the sustainability of rail transport even further

Rail is already a more sustainable form of mobility than road transport, for example. But in view of the fact the sustainability of rail vehicles can be improved even further, the aim for the transport industry was to reduce the use of fossil resources in locomotive coatings.

I’m sure this bio-based clear coat will bring added value to our customers in other industries as well.

Michael Voxbrunner

Lankwitzer Lackfabrik, Germany

Solution

Desmodur® eco brings added value

Lankwitzer’s customer Newag, a leading Polish rail vehicle manufacturer, was very interested in trying a bio-based clearcoat with our Desmodur® eco hardener on one of its diesel locomotives. Newag was driven by the desire to bring added value to its customers and saw coatings based on renewable resources as a key selling point. Mateusz Fedko, the Newag Project Manager said: “A new coating has to fulfill customer specifications, and when it adds value as well, like this bio-based clearcoat, it’s a great way to differentiate us from our competitors.” The new coating could be applied just as smoothly as the company’s standard clearcoat. Results from our joint testing together with Lankwitzer demonstrated the excellent performance of the clearcoat based on Desmodur® eco and proved that it complies with rail industry specifications. And as Michael Voxbrunner of Lankwitzer points out: “I’m sure this bio-based clearcoat will bring added value to our customers in other industries as well."

A new coating has to fulfill customer specifications, and when it adds value as well, like this bio-based clear coat, this certainly is a great way to differentiate us from our competitors.

Mateusz Fedko

Project Manager, Newag SA, Poland

Why Desmodur® eco N 7300 was the right solution for Lankwitzer

  • Sustainable: Consists of 70 percent renewable materials.
  • High-performance: Higher scratch resistance and gloss stability compared to standard systems.
  • Ultra-durable: Scratch- and UV-resistant and also resists graffiti removal agents.

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