New knot sealer
“Sustainability is an integral component of our company philosophy, that‘s why we‘re proud to be the first manufacturer in our industry to have Cradle-to-Cradle certification, and to have improved even more,” says Peer Leth, managing director of Troldtekt A/S. The Danish company, based in Tranbjerg near Aarhus, manufactures acoustic panels which are 100% made of the natural raw materials wood and cement. The advantages are compelling excellent sound absorption, pollutant-free, breathable, flame resistant.
Troldtekt has long placed great value on sustainability. The design concept Cradle-to-Cradle plays a particularly important role. Its central idea is a closed metabolic cycle in which the materials used become raw materials again. Troldtekt follows a long-term Cradle-to-Cradle roadmap and improved from silver to gold in many categories in its latest certification in April.
The development departments of Troldtekt and Teknos worked together to meet the strict 2C requirements for the coating. Teknos scrutinised the entire recipe of the 7344-20 Ceiling Paint used, exchanged a range of raw materials. The result is an even more sustainable and environmentally-friendly recipe.
“We are constantly working on improving the sustainability of our products and processes,” says Tine Kokholm, Group Environmental Manager at Teknos. “This includes finding the right solution for our customers‘ special requirements together. Troldtekt is a good example of what this can look like in practice.”
Teknos now offers a new effective solution for low-VOC PVC coating in continuous, high-volume production processes. AQUACOAT 2661 is a water-borne 1K hybrid coating that achieves elastic, hard-wearing surfaces with great durability and stable gloss. It is designed for use with TEKNOCLEAN 1952 water-borne cleaner. The coating is tested in accordance with AAMA 615 for Superior coatings.
AQUACOAT 2661 is available for satin smooth or matt textured surfaces and can be tinted with the TEKNOCOLOR tinting system. The dark colours are really 'cool': They use a special black pigment which reflects infrared light, thus preventing excessive temperatures from building up under the coating film.
Its excellent process time is a major advantage. The coating is sprayed on as a single-layer system and dried at room temperature or force-dried, as desired. The drying time at room temperature is just one hour.
AQUACOAT 2661 is available now.
New knot sealer
With the new ANTISTAIN AQUA 5210 knot sealer, Teknos is now offering an even better way of keeping discoloration under control when using knotty coniferous woods such as spruce or pine. The sprayable primer is a refinement of the successful ANTISTAIN AQUA 5200-00 knot sealer and offers enhanced protection from discoloration. Thanks to its special formula, the special primer binds the pigments in the knots, thus effectively reducing the discoloration of the final treatment. ANTISTAIN AQUA 5210 is used in a 3 or 4-layer system with wood preservative and/or intermediate and final treatment, depending on the requirements. The knot sealer has already proven its effectiveness in initial intensive tests in practice. The product will be available as of June.
The Teknos plant in Gdynia (north of Gdansk) is an important production facility for corrosion protection solutions and other industrial coatings for metal. The plant has now been comprehensively renovated over the course of a modernization campaign. A new ventilation system with post-combustion burner ensures environmentally friendly production with safe working conditions. Furthermore, the production and logistics processes were reorganised in order to create space for additional production capacities. This has resulted in a modern production site with an integrated research and development department. Products produced here include the successful Teknos marine coatings EMAPUR and EPINOX.
The plant had a celebratory reopening on 29 January with 300 guests invited. The festivities included a tour of the facility in Gdynia followed by an evening with music and a dinner at the Baltic Philharmonic. Production at the modernised plant has been launched successfully and is now running full steam ahead.
Teknos is expanding its business in the Baltic region with new local sales companies. Teknos has already been active in this region since the mid-90s, providing coating solutions for the wood manufacturing industry as well as wet and powder coatings for the metal industry. Our new sales companies in Latvia and Lithuania give local customers even better service and allow us to expand our business in these countries even further.
The Latvian company Sia Teknos commenced operations here in July 2014. The on-location team includes an in-house technical sales engineer for Industrial Wood as of May of this year. The first contact person in Riga is Office Manager Laura Codere.
There is also a dedicated Teknos team operating in Lithuania. The Lithuanian company UAB Teknos was launched in August 2014. It is based in the central location of Kaunas, just 100 km northeast of Vilnius. The first contact person here is Office Manager Simona Staneviciene.
Teknos already assumed the paint and coating business of AS Kemiflora in Estonia in 2013. The Estonian company Teknos OÜ is headquartered near Tallinn and runs several sales offices in the country. Teknos products have already been successfully in use in Estonia for many years now.
“Our strategy is to have our own companies to represent us on location in important markets,” says Timo Makinen, who is in charge of Teknos’ business in Latvia and Lithuania. “We already have a good customer base in the Baltic states, and the new sales companies put us on a clear course towards further growth.”
This is especially true of industrial wood coatings. “Our Industrial Wood turnover in the Baltic countries has quadrupled over the past few years,” says Markku Blommendahl, Export Manager Baltics at Teknos. “We have supported the establishment of modern production facilities, and more and more manufacturers rely on our technical support. Our coating solutions already lead the market for wooden windows and exterior cladding, and now we are gaining new customers with our solutions for the interior.”
Mark Norris (47) has been the new Sales Director for Industrial Wood at the German Teknos company in Fulda since December. Mark Norris, who previously held a managerial position at a wood preservative manufacturer, brings his long-standing experience from the window and door industry with him. He is assuming responsibility for the Industrial Wood business at Teknos Germany with the product ranges Teknos and GORI Industry. His work focuses on industrial manufacturers of wooden windows, doors and garden furniture, as well as the sale of industrial wood coating solutions for the interior, which Teknos Germany is expanding further. Managing Director André Brunotte was previously in charge of sales management. By appointing a new Sales Director, Teknos is strengthening its sales organisation in Germany and creating new momentum for the further development of the Industrial Wood division.
Gaulhofer is one of the leading window manufacturers in Austria. The company produces wooden and wood/aluminium windows and doors, at its headquarters in Übelbach. Its high-end products include wood/ aluminium windows and its Fusionline series, with an optimum UW value of 0.65 W/m2K.
Gaulhofer exclusively processes domestic woods and bonds the scantlings itself at its own factory – and maintains high quality standards in the process. “The coating doesn’t just have to be highly durable, it also has to be ecologically sustainable,” says Christian Kirchmaier, production manager at the Übelbach plant. “And we need coating solutions which are easy to process and enable a stable production process.”
Gaulhofer uses a structure with three or four layers, depending on requirements and wood types. It uses the Teknos products GORI 356 (wood preservation), GORI 615, 616 and 650 (priming and intermediate treatment) as well as GORI 660 (final treatment). For its wood/ aluminium windows, the company also uses the water-borne conifer oil GORI 475. “The GORI systems get the surface quality and process characteristics just right,” says Christian Kirchmaier. “Furthermore, we now have nearly 20 years of experience with these coatings, which means we know that we can rely on its durability.”
Constructing wind mills normally requires time-consuming, expensive heavy-duty transports, but the Danish company Andresen Towers has developed a new concept in which the tower does not have to be taken to the construction site in a few large pieces, but is assembled on-site from many small, curved steel elements. The advantage: Transport is much easier and more flexible. And the elements can achieve tower heights of over 100 metres.
The new concept was very well received on the market and has led to a cooperative effort with Siemens Wind Power for example. Production time plays an important role in light of huge demands. “At peak times, we produce about three and a half towers a week,” says Peter Sylow Madsen, Quality Manager of Andresen Towers. “This wouldn’t be possible at all with conventional paint systems, since the elements would take up to seven days to dry.”
With support from Teknos, the developers at Andresen Towers have found a coating solution which meets these demanding requirements. The solution is TEKNODUR COMBI 3560. The high-solid coating not only enables much faster drying, its high dry matter content also enables lower VOC-emission.
“Quick drying and the fact what we only have to apply one coat were decisive arguments for us,” Peter Sylow Madsen continues. “Since we work in a green market segment, the environmental benefits of TEKNODUR COMBI 3560 also play an important role for us. On the whole, this project would have been much different without this coating solution.”