Improving the functionality of the coatings we make is one of the key focus areas of our research, development and innovation. Because it’s not enough for paint to simply look good or add color. It can do so much more. It can also offer protection, reflect heat, add texture, or help to completely transform the surface it’s being applied to.
One of the latest products to be launched by our Decorative Coatings business, under its Sikkens brand, is a perfect example of how a coating can offer enhanced functionality. Known as Alpha SanoProtex, the new product is a waterborne wall paint developed especially for the healthcare sector. It has been specifically designed to prevent bacteria from multiplying and is ideal for use in hospitals, clinics, social service buildings or other locations where hygiene is crucial and the risk of infection needs to be controlled at all times.
Based on silver ions, when combined with appropriate cleaning practices, the interior emulsion can contribute to lower infection rates for the MRSA bacteria, as well as contributing to effective infection prevention programs. The new product not only highlights the potential for where coatings functionality can go, but also emphasizes the success of our innovation strategy and RD&I pipeline.