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Covestro’s New Biobased Hardener Used to Develop Wood Coatings

Published on 2017-03-31. Author : SpecialChem

Furniture manufacturers are continuously striving for a more sustainable production and for reducing their carbon footprint. A collaboration between design furniture company RiFRA MiIano, coatings supplier Sirca and Covestro has now shown that the sustainability of furniture can be improved even further.

Partnership to Reduce Fossil Resources for Wood Coatings

Biobased Hardener
In a joint project furniture manufacturer RiFRA,
coatings supplier Sirca and Covestro proved that the sustainability
of furniture can be improved even further

  • The aim of the three partners was to reduce the use of fossil resources for wood coatings through the hardener Bayhydur® eco 7190 from Covestro, which has a biomass content of 66 percent
  • The company will launch this product at the European Coatings Show from April 4-6 in Nuremberg. Sirca used it for developing a two-component biobased waterborne coating
  • Sirca´s customer RiFRA, a well-renowned Italian manufacturer of design furniture, tried the new coating on one of its new furniture collections

High Performance, Improved Carbon Footprint


The coating application is as smooth to the touch as the standard clear coating of Sirca, delivering the same excellent performance as conventional fossil-based coatings. This is in particular true for its resistance to demanding environments such as kitchens or baths.

Sirca has been developing biobased systems for some years now, but most raw materials could not meet the quality level that our customers require”, said Maurizio Durante, Vice President of Sirca. “Bayhydur® eco boosted the hardness and chemical resistance of the renewable system and contributed to create an outstanding coating.”

Biobased Coating for Sustainable Living


Matteo Rivolta, CEO of RiFRA, said, “A new coating has to fulfill our requirements regarding quality and style, but if it creates additional value for consumers, as this new biobased coating does, this certainly is a great step forward to more sustainable living.” The company regards renewable coatings as a key feature to enhance the end consumer´s wellbeing with materials more in harmony with the environment. A new collection with the coating will be showcased at the event CROMATERIA EXPERIENCE at “Highline Galleria” in Milano in the occasion of Salone di Mobile, a major trade fair for the furniture industry from April 4-9, 2017, in Milan, Italy.

Covestro will be present at the European Coatings Show 2017 from April 4 to 6 in Nuremberg, Hall 4A, Booth 4A-528.

About Covestro

With 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life.

About Sirca

Sirca manufactures and sells coatings for wood, a natural and precious material, to be protected and enhanced. Water or solvent-based, its paints are mainly applied in the field of furniture and design and are often developed in collaboration with Italy’s most important furniture companies. Standing out for their quality, level of customization and durability, Sirca paints are manufactured alongside resins for a variety of industries including the fashion segment.

About RiFRA

Rifra is synonym with elegance. With its headquarters located about 30 kilometers from Milan, the company is independent in the design, production and distribution of bathroom furniture.

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Source: Covestro
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