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Novacolor launches new effect paints produced with biomass balanced BASF binders

April 19, 2018

Novacolor has introduced new decorative effect paints under the “Africa”, “Puro” and “Patina Minerale” brand names. The textured plasters meet the challenge of combining design and sustainability: Puro is an opaque mineral water-based innovation based on potassium polysilicate, which is odorless and contains neither volatile organic compounds (VOC) nor formaldehyde. For indoor and outdoor glazing, Novacolor offers the new “Patina Minerale” product, a mineral color wash based on silicates, that recalls the ancient patinas with its chromatic effect. “Africa”, the finish for interior decoration, which creates a changeable and pleasant play of light and reflected colors based on gentle metallic effects, complements the product range.

Sustainable products through biomass balance approach

The new decorative paints are manufactured with Acronal® brand dispersions from BASF processed according to the biomass balance process. In this approach, the fossil resources are replaced by sustainable biomass already at the beginning of the production process. In a calculation model certified by the German Technical Supervisory Association TÜV SÜD, the applied share of renewable resources is then virtually allocated to the new dispersion product line. According to this calculation, up to 100% of the fossil resources can be replaced by renewable raw materials.

The biomass balance method uses renewable raw materials as feedstock at the beginning of production in the Verbund. The share of renewable sources is allocated to the respective sales products using a certified method. The biomass balanced products then are transported to the production sites of our customers where they are processed into the final product.

Novacolor's commitment is to create high quality materials and more sustainable products. Thanks to the continuous work of its research and development department and constant dialogue with the professionals, the company has made an important and conscious effort to eliminate or drastically reduce the use of critical substances and solvents in recent years, starting from the study and “design” phase of new materials. “Novacolor has chosen to always anticipate trends, continually researching new solutions with an extreme focus on ecology. Thanks to the strong partnership with BASF we launch three products on the market, which meet the challenges of ecology and sustainability, redesigning the production chain,” said Roberta Vecci, Marketing director Novacolor Srl.

“Consumers increasingly require more sustainable architectural coatings which at the same time do not compromise on quality. With the biomass balance process, we meet this demand and support paint manufacturers to fulfill the market needs along the value chain. We are happy, that more and more customers offer products with biomass balanced dispersions,” explained Robert Heger, Vice President, in charge of the dispersions business of BASF for Construction and Architectural Coatings in Europe.