LIGNA reflects rapid strides for the coating solutions industry
Sherwin-Williams, the industrial coating leader reports back from LIGNA in Hannover last May. This year LIGNA, the leading international world trade fair for the forestry and wood industries, showed a strong innovative spirit with live demonstrations of different technologies including LED.
A total of 96,000 trade visitors attended this year’s LIGNA exhibition to witness the latest industry innovations and make new business acquaintances. Sherwin-Williams focus this year was to communicate the full range of products and hold live demonstrations of LED-Curing for customers and prospects.
Some 1,567 exhibitors showcased their leading-edge solutions, technologies and innovative production equipment – presenting a huge array of plant, machinery and tools for every aspect of the woodworking process. Live demonstrations of furniture production in simulated factory settings were bang on target for LIGNA visitors, offering them a first hand glimpse of the benefits of integrated, high efficiency manufacturing.
Lars Sandqvist, Senior Engineering Manager at Sherwin-Williams shares some insights: “When it comes to new trends it seems that LED is everywhere this year, and there are more robots – both for handling and coating. Two years ago LED was still quit new but this year we can see several customers replacing UV-curing technology with LED,” Sandqvist says and continues:
“LIGNA is a good indicator of where the industry is heading. For example, all of our major customers are now asking for tailor-made products, which shows that coatings can no longer be standard.” Sandqvist says.
Similar to previous years, Sherwin-Williams showcased products together with some of the major machine suppliers, to demonstrate wood coating solutions in action. One supplier of Sherwin-Williams, Bürkle, focused on LED curing and was very optimistic of the outcome of the show:
“We’re using a LED Roller Coater loaded with Beckry Seal UL1810 and Beckry Clear UM1820 from Sherwin-Williams to showcase the LED curing process live here at LIGNA. It’s gained a great deal of interest. LED is huge right now and we’re in discussions with several customers on implementing LED curing. In fact, one of the largest furniture retailers in world is considering implementing LED in all lines worldwide. This is why this year’s LIGNA is so important for us; we have a unique opportunity to truly demonstrate the benefits of LED curing,” says Patrick Ade, Sales Manager, Bürkle, and concludes,
“Naturally, this would not have been possible without the support and R&D power of Sherwin-Williams. They pushed us at an early stage and developed the right formulas for the LED technology.”
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The Sherwin-Williams Company (SHW), through its Product Finishes Division, is an industrial coatings leader that delivers local finishing solutions on a global scale to OEMs and tier suppliers. Comprised of coatings professionals dedicated to providing unparalleled customer support, Sherwin-Williams brings value to the finishing process through solutions like on-site technical assistance, customized products, colour and design services, and process improvement expertise. With innovative liquid and powder coating technologies to protect wood, metal and plastic, as well as finishing equipment and supplies needed for coatings application, Sherwin-Williams utilizes an infrastructure spanning six continents to provide better finishing solutions for manufacturers. For a Better Finish. Ask Sherwin-Williams™.
About The Sherwin-Williams Company
Sherwin-Williams is a global leader in the development, manufacture and sale of coatings and related products with more than 39,700 employees and business in 120 countries. The company goes to market through more than 4000 company-operated paint stores, automotive retailers, and industrial distributors. With annual sales of $11 billion, it is the largest coatings manufacturer in the United States, and the third largest world-wide.