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Bayhydur® eco: high-performance bio-based waterborne coatings for a high-end furniture brand

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Society has generally understood the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions through reducing consumption of fossil-based resources. The furniture industry has been a front-runner in the implementation of waterborne coating solutions as an alternative to traditional solventborne systems. However, the sustainability of wooden furniture can be improved even further with bio-based materials. This is what the collaboration between Sirca, RiFRA and Covestro set out to prove.

Task

Demonstrate the value of renewable coatings

Coating specialist Sirca collaborated with Covestro to develop a bio-based waterborne solution for RiFRA, a high-end designer furniture brand based in Milan. The coating would be tested in one of RIFRA’s new furniture collections.
Challenge

Develop a bio-based coating solution for demanding environments

The disadvantage of natural coating systems is their poor performance in demanding environments such as kitchens or baths. The main challenge of this collaboration was to reduce the use of fossil resources for wood coatings without sacrificing performance. 

A new coating has to bring quality and style, but if it creates additional value for consumers as this renewable coating does, this certainly is a great step forward to a more sustainable living.

Matteo Rivolta

CEO, RiFRA

Solution

Bio-based Bayhydur® eco hardener for smooth, durable protection

Sirca’s customer RiFRA was very interested in trying out these novel bio-based coatings based on the new hardener Bayhydur® on one of its new furniture collections. RiFRA saw renewable coatings as a key feature to enhance the end consumer’s wellbeing with materials more in harmony with the environment. Matteo Rivolta, the RiFRA CEO, explains: “A new coating has to bring quality and style, but if it creates additional value for consumers as this renewable coating does, this certainly is a great step forward to a more sustainable living.” The coating application was as smooth to the touch as the company’s standard clearcoat, delivering the same excellent performance as conventional fossil-based coatings. And as Maurizio Durante, the Sirca Vice-President, points out, “Sirca has been developing bio-based systems for some years now, but most raw materials could not meet the quality level our customers require. Bayhydur® eco boosted the hardness and chemical resistance of the renewable system and contributed to creating an outstanding coating.”

Sirca has been developing bio-based systems for some years now, but most raw materials could not meet the quality level our customers require. Bayhydur® eco boosted the hardness and chemical resistance of the renewable system and contributed to creating an outstanding coating.

Maurizio Durante

Vice President, Sirca

Why Bayhydur® eco was the right solution for Sirca and RiFRA

  • Low carbon footprint: Biomass content of 66 percent reduces the use of fossil-based resources.
  • Low VOC: Waterborne hardener ensures minimal solvent emissions.
  • High performance: Same smoothness and durability as conventional fossil-based coatings.

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