CLIPPING 8 | PAINT&PINTURA | Dezembro 2018 range of products featuring unique free hydroxyls that can cover everything from economy two-component systems to high-performance coatings,” Laís Pereira Tozzi, LRA/XLR laboratory analyst at Allnex, points out. The versatility and strength of polyurethane systems have earned themmore and more ground in the Brazi- lian market. The reasons for this expansion have to do with the performance requirements for coatings for- mulated with polyurethane resins. “The broad chemical variety of these materials ends up creating an abundant source of alternatives to meet the requirements and demand of the marketplace. Polyurethane coatings are usually a little more expensive than other resin blends that go into their formulation. However, where there’s a higher level of technical requirements, you’ve got to use them. Polyurethane systems have been used in automotive coatings and in furniture applications for quite a few years now. Thanks to their versatility, they have been spreading to other applications in which older technologies used to be the standard,” says chemist Antonio Carlos Veronezi Filho, of Coim’s Coating business. OILS &DERIVATIVES - BIODEGRADABILITY AND IMPROVED PERFORMANCE Oils and derivatives are raw materials that have the ability to making paints and coating both environmen- tally friendlier and more competitive, which imparting important properties that further improve performan- ce in the end product. Until not too many years ago, paint manufacturers would be supplied basically with petrochemical in- gredients. Nowadays, suppliers of oils and derivatives keep making massive investments in new technologies aimed at the use of natural products as raw materials that can either partially or fully replace petroche- micals in the formulation of paints and resins. “The primary factor driving this megatrend that has taken our industry by storm is that companies are actually interested in being friendlier to the environment as well as sustainable. This calls for us to be watchful of the innovations taking place in the domestic market. The regulations currently in force and key market re- quirements leave no margin for any business to grow if they’re amateurish on the environment. There are many programs that regularly conduct ongoing assess- ments on the premises of raw material suppliers, such as Ecovadis, for example,” remarks Felipe Camargo, Oleochemical Products sales manager at Aboissa Commodity Brokers. The coatings industry’s demand for biodegradable products has grown very rapidly over the past few years, and anyone whose products don’t hold up to the standards imposed by sustainability and environmental programs will not be qualified to do business in this market, as Camargo warns: “Currently, it’s not enough to supplier customers at competitive prices—you have to be sustainable and respectful of the environment.” Plant oils and plant oil products, for the most part, are sus- tainable by their very nature. “Perhaps that is the reason that we’ve seen no worries arise about sustainability on the part of paint and coatings companies. Also worth pointing is that we’ve invested massively to provide sophisticated, higher value-added products, resulting in our offering of a larger number of products to the industry. These, by the way, make our company present in more stages of the paint and coatings production process,” A.Azevedo sales director José Calvo Morales points out. INDUSTRY IN THE SPOTLIGHT - A BRAZILIAN MULTINATIONAL Renowned as a prime producer of varnishes and other fini- shes for wood surfaces, Sayerlack develops and provides solutions that treat, preserve and beautify wood. Over the course of its 50 years of existence, which it commemorate earlier in 2018, the company has had a great many reasons to celebrate. Sayerlack is located in the town of Cajamar, in the São Paulo metropolitan area. Its cutting-edge, automatedmanufacturing facilities cover a built-up area of approximately 30,000 square meters and put out millions of liters of product each month. The company’s range of coatings and varnishes are developed in research and development centers in Brazil, Italy, theUnited States and Chile, all using state-of-the-art technology while respecting the environment. Various colors, gloss levels and textures, waterproofing and fire protection are some of the features of these solutions, which are designedwith a concern for meeting each and every need that has to be addressed by wood finishes. “In addition to substantial investments in research and new technology, we have also applied funds toward holding and taking part in in- dustry events, such as trade shows and technical conferences, that can help our customers and the marketplace to develop. We take pride in saying that not toomany companies can be in business for half a century and still be market leaders like we are. We’ve become a Brazilianmultinational. Our products are sold in almost 90 countries, and, again, that is cause for great pride. However, the one thing that motivates us the most is knowing that we still have a long way to go and many more challenges to conquer. As we have said, even though it’s been 50 years, ‘the best is yet to come’,” Sibélia Vito Moreno, head of marketing at Sayerlack, concludes.