Sherwin-Williams opens state-of-the-art powder plant in Poland
On April 28th 2016, Sherwin-Williams officially opened the doors to the company’s new powder plant near Poznan, Poland. At the heart of the new 3,000 m2 facility lies the new Powdura® Sprint™ low-cure technology for engineered wood, and the revolutionary Powdura OneCure™ dry-on-dry powder coating system – both designed to provide higher quality results, energy savings, and improved efficiency.
The new powder plant in Poland contains top-tier manufacturing equipment and a fully equipped paint laboratory. Although the grand opening will take place on April 28th, the plant has been up and running since the beginning of 2016, and the work to supply manufacturers and finishers with the new powder coating technology has already begun.
“Powdura OneCure has been very well received so far, and interest in the powder-for-wood is growing. Another aim is to offer OEM customers within the electronics and heavy equipment segments a complete global service, while becoming a bespoke supplier of high technology powders to regional finishing shops and tier suppliers. We believe our new powder plant will make this possible,” says Thomas Bergdahl, President and General Manager, EMEA.
Apart from novel manufacturing techniques and a wide range of powder coating platforms, the new plant allows Sherwin-Williams to increase the value of their offering.
“Customers can now have one supplier responsible for matching colour and performance for both their liquid and powder coated surfaces. Sherwin-Williams has powder plants in the US, Canada, Mexico, China, and now Poland, which means that global customers can get local supply and technical support with consistent quality, colour, gloss and performance around the globe,” says Bergdahl.
Powder coatings are extremely tough and durable, and properties such as UV resistance, flexibility and chemical resistance can be built in. Application is very simple and fast, requiring a far lower operator skill level to produce an excellent finish. Powdura OneCure also offers better transfer efficiencies, which leads to lower cost per m2 compared to many other powder solutions on the market.
“By using Powdura OneCure, our customers get access to a specialised primer-topcoat system, both applied and then subject to a single cure process. This unique technology removes an entire step from the finishing process, resulting in energy and time savings. Since it’s developed to provide higher performance and more efficient production, I’m confident that we’ll see a lot of clients embracing this technology in the near future,” Bergdahl concludes.
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Since 1866, Sherwin-Williams has provided manufacturers and finishers with the coatings they need to make their products look better and last longer, while helping their operations meet productivity and sustainability goals. For both wood and general industrial markets, our innovative solutions go beyond our innovative liquid and powder coatings to include on-site technical assistance, customised products, colour and design services, and process improvement expertise. We’re more than a coatings provider – let us show you how we will be your coatings solution partner. oem.sherwin-williams.com.
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 47,000 employees and business in 120 countries. The company goes to market through more than 4100 company-operated paint stores, automotive branches, and industrial distributors. With annual sales of nearly $12 billion, it is the largest coatings manufacturer in the United States, and the third largest world-wide.