NEXT1KOAT final meeting, sponsored by the European Commission, took place on the 16th of February 2015 in the UK hosted by the British Pastics Federation at their facilities in London. Where the project results were analysed along with general discussions about the work performed within the project lifetime.
In order to know end users preferences in the field of wood coating products and application systems, a short questionnaire has been prepared under the frame of Next1Koat Project.
We encourage all furniture, wood flooring and other wood based products producers to complete the questionnaire. It won´t take more than 10 minutes.START QUESTIONNAIRE
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The stringent Solvent Emission Directive (1999/13/EC)
The stringent Solvent Emission Directive (1999/13/EC), fully transposed in 2007, imposes limitations of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) due to the use of organic solvents in paints and varnishes. The most economical way of limiting VOC emission is using water-based coating formulas in which water replaces a substantial amount of the organic solvents traditionally used. Unfortunately, water-based formulas have deficient properties in comparison to solvent-based, primarily as a consequence of using water as a solvent, such as poor wood wetting, high grain raising, longer drying times, foam formation, insufficient glossy aspect and deficient overall resistance.
Coatings (varnishes and paints) are of key importance to the final products of furniture and woodworking industries: coatings define the visual aspect and softness of the final product, influencing its effective purchase. Besides the durability and resistance of a coating is a measure of the quality of the whole piece.
The aim of NEXT1KOAT
NEXT1KOAT will give European woodworking and furniture manufacturers a long-lasting solution by developing the first 1K, High Solids and Water Based finishing system for both outdoor and indoor uses with advanced properties: Less water content, reduced drying time and less grain raising, improved wood wetting without the use of surfactants, Less foam formation, more glossy final aspect and increased hardness.
NEXT1KOAT will be produced by European SME coating manufacturers, due to its affordable chemistry, based on seaweed polymers. It has been designed for European woodworking and both small and medium furniture coatings installations.
Key Outcomes and Results
The next1Koat solution relies on the modification of seaweed compounds for the development of polymer dispersions. Seaweed compounds have been selected as promising bio-stock that does not compete with human for land of water resources. Seaweed Chemicals have been researched and extracted from specific macro-algae species in order to manufacture the high performance monomers to be integrated into polymers backbones.
At the end of the Next1Koat Project Inspiralia in collaboration with Oilean Glas Teo and MBL has developed a new range of seaweed based monomers compatible with a wide range of polymer synthesis schemes. Selected seaweed species offers costs effective and sustainable bio-stock for the developing of resin monomers. Moreover an integrated bio-refinery approach based on seaweed feedstock value optimization has been developed.
Reaction processes have been researched by FHG-WKI in collaboration with Helios in order to integrate the innovative monomers into polymers backbone so that high performance 1K dispersions are obtained. These compounds have been found to be compatible with polymer and dispersion manufacturing processes. Suitable processes for the manufacturing of polyester, polyurethane, alkyd, acrylic and hybrid dispersions have been specifically developed for seaweed generated monomers. Resulting dispersion exhibit good mechanical and chemical properties.
CETEM and Isolack have developed different formulation for each chemistry defining suitable product to be applied as undercoats and topcoats systems. Resulting formulations showed good film formation, competitive mechanical and chemical resistance. Aesthetics of final products was found solid, clear and glossy.
CETEM in collaboration with Isolack and Riomader have validated the dispersion application, drying and curing processes. Developed resins have been validated in most usual substrates and suitability of resins for proposed system evaluated. The whole range of water borne 1K coatings application include exterior and interior undercoat and finish layers for most extended wood processed in the furniture market.
Benefits associated to the new technology use and its alignment with the Green Public Procurement procedures have been disclosed and included in training procedures to allow the European Wood Working industry to get the maximum revenues from green processes. Overall Dissemination and Exploitation efforts are being headed by MFMO, WIC and BPF. Among other dissemination and exploitation activities, the three associations are leading a networking activity with relevant stakeholders such as algal research projects and other furniture industry representatives.
After the key stakeholders identification and the definition of a solid Exploitation Strategy the, contacts for route to market has started in last six months of the project
Coatings and final products
Coatings are of key importance to the final products of furniture and woodworking industries. They define the visual aspect and softness of the final product, influencing its effective purchase and directly influences the consumers perception and first hand experience. Therefore coatings directly contribute to the decision of purchasing the furniture or wooden piece.
After the stringent Solvent Emission Directive (1999/13/EC), furniture and woodworking industries have been working in the development of new solutions for limiting VOC emissions. Water based coatings are the most feasible one, however, the performance of those systems are not comparable with the solvent based systems.
The aim of NEXT1KOAT
The aim of NEXT1KOAT is to obtain a high-quality finishing system for the furniture and wood working industry with the following properties:
Besides, NEXT1KOAT systems will use the special chemistry of bio-based-seaweed natural sources for targeting high-quality uses demanding a superior performance by providing high gloss and strong resistance to scratch, stain, imprint and block resistance.
Some wooden products that will be able to be finished with NEXT1KOAT technologies will be chairs, countertops, banisters and handrails, trays, doors and windows (and their frames and thresholds), wooden houses and structures, wooden floors and stairs, etc.
The Next1koat Consortium held the 6th consortium meeting at Madrid the 23rd of April hosted by Inspiralia.
Next1Koat project partner ‘The British Plastic Federation’ (BPF) hosted the fifth meeting of the N1K consortium at their facilities in London the 4th November 2014
The fourth Consortium Meeting meeting of the NEXT1KOAT project consortium, sponsored by the European Commission, took place on the 22nd of April 2014 in Slovenia and was hosted by the Wood Industry Cluster at their facilities in Ljubljana. Where the project progress within the first Period (Jan 2013 – March 2014) was analysed.
The third meeting of the NEXT1KOAT project consortium, sponsored by the European Commission, took place on the 12th of December 2013 in Germany and was hosted by Fraunhofer WKI at their facilities in Braunschweig.
This meeting was for the project partners to each report on their progress and to discuss and plan the next phase of activities to the end of June 2014.
Following the individual progress reports covering technical, dissemination and exploitation activities it was confirmed that the deliverables expected in the first year of the project had been achieved. Considerable discussion on the wide aspects of the project and the next phase of development took place in respect of the hoped for benefits.
The NEXT1KOAT team were perfect hosts both formally and socially also affording all the members a detailed insight to the range of their research and development activities which clearly compliments the aims and objectives of project NEXT1KOAT.
The Next project Steering Committee Meeting will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia in April – May 2014.
MFMO, The Malta Furniture and Manufactures Organization, hosted the 2nd Consortium Meeting of the NEXT1KOAT project. Where results obtained during the first six months of the project were discussed amongst all the entities involved in the project and next activities were planned.
Yecla, 26th February 2013. CETEM, the Technical Research Centre for Furniture and wood based in Yecla, Murcia, Spain has been appointed as the coordinating body for the European Commission project named ‘NEXT1KOAT.’ NEXT1KOAT is concerned with the development of a novel high solids, water and bio based industrial wood coatings.
The project team held their first meeting in February 2013. Led by CETEM, the participating members are two Spanish and one German research and technological development organisations, three associations from Slovenia, Malta and England, thre SMEs from France, and Spain and a Big Slovenivan Enterprise.
Initially, the primary focus of the project is to identify the technical challenges and solutions required for the development of a wood coating that significantly reduces the environmental impact of the production process in the furniture and the woodworking industry.
NEXT1KOAT is being funded by the European Commission’s ‘Seventh Framework Programme’ and has a planned duration of three years.