Presenters Name: Luc Sterckx

Employment Title:   Technical Support & Business Development Manager EMEA

Company: Allnex

Biography:  Luc Sterckx, a veteran in the coatings industry with close to three decades of experience in the field, has been working as Tech Support and Business Development Manager EMEA at allnex since 2008 (then Cytec), gaining invaluable hands-on business and customer relations experience. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Sciences (BASc) in Clinical Chemistry Engineering.

Presentation Title:  Why is sustainable performance important ?

Presentation Abstract:  The pursuit of sustainable solutions stands as a pivotal arena for innovation. By leveraging bio-based raw materials and advanced polymer technologies, manufacturers can engineer coatings with very good resilience to a myriad of environmental challenges. Through rigorous testing and continuous refinement, sustainable coatings can uphold their promise of longevity, reducing the need for frequent recoating and minimizing waste.

At the forefront of sustainable coating technologies lies the concept of dual curing. A process that marries the advantages of both UV (ultraviolet) and standard cross linking mechanisms.

This presentation describes the development of a high-quality, long-lasting water-borne resin for formulating deck stains with excellent durability. The stain dries quickly and cures rapidly, making it a great option for those who want to finish their deck projects quickly. A high performance, dual cure based wood stain will require less frequent application and therefore reduce the amount of material needed. The system will create a longer lifespan for the deck itself, reducing the need for replacement materials, and further decreasing the total carbon footprint.

Principles like dual cured wood stains is a sustainable choice that helps protect both the deck and the environment. It encapsulates the essence of synergy by marrying sustainable coatings and high end performance solutions. Harmonizing these principles, manufacturers can unlock new frontiers of performance and environmental stewardship, paving the way for a greener and more resilient future.