AkzoNobel cracks flexibility challenge with pioneering powder coating
Customers who use architectural powder coatings normally have to choose between applying a product that’s either superdurable or flexible. Now, thanks to AkzoNobel they can have both. New Interpon D2525 Structura Flex is the first and only powder coating to combine the weatherability of superdurable coatings with the mechanical performance advantages of standard durable systems.
Prior to this latest innovation, the higher the durability of a coating, the lower the flexibility. This means if a piece of metal was pre-coated and then needed to be bent or formed into shape, a standard durability powder coating would often be used, because they offer higher flexibility (to prevent cracking). Now the days of making that trade-off are over.
“We’re proud to deliver another industry first which meets the needs of our customers,” says Jean-Paul Moonen, Segment Manager for Architectural Coatings at AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business. “Specifiers and architects are increasingly moving towards superior durability, and because we’re always looking to innovate, we’ve developed a pioneering solution which sets a new standard in the market.”
Ten Interpon Structura Flex products are available, all in a stylish and on-trend color range. It means window and door manufacturers can now upgrade to superdurable level – without compromising on flexibility – and extend the lifetime and warranty of their finished products.
“Our ambition knows no limits,” adds Daniela Vlad, Managing Director of AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business. “As a world leader in powder coatings, we will continue to seek out fresh opportunities, offer the best solutions and strive to serve our customers better than anyone.”
Interpon D2525 Structura Flex meets Qualicoat Class 2 weathering requirements and Qualicoat Class 1 mechanical performance requirements, the industry-wide quality label for liquid and powder coatings on aluminum for architectural applications.