New partnership for a better finish.
Cefla North America has announced it has partnered with Henkel Corporation, developer of TECHNOMELT CHS UV fusion coating technology, to speed the process of giving melamine panels and other products highly desirable high-gloss as well as lower gloss finishes.
Pairing Henkel’s technology with Cefla’s Inert Coater by Sorbini shortens production lines, saving equipment and labor costs, while reducing space and waste.
TECHNOMELT CHS UV bonds to all melamines and offers the advantage of an immediate cure with ultraviolet light, so it can be incorporated into a wet-on-wet process with Cefla’s Inert Technology to achieve the right coating weight and avoid repetitive sanding. Traditional finishing lines can be more than 300 feet long, designed for adding up to seven layers of coating. Each layer requires a UV cure lamp, followed by a sanding station to prepare for the next application. The streamlined processing created by the partnership between Cefla and Henkel saves the costs associated with extra labor, additional machines, and replacement parts such as sanding belts.
Henkel’s patented TECHNOMELT CHS UV acrylic-based chemistry allows for complete cure by the end of the production line through UV light exposure alone, eliminating the need for staging or extended storage as can be the case with other types of moisture-cure, hot-applied coating technologies.
“With their leadership in finishing applications, Cefla is an ideal partner,” says Henkel Corporation’s Business Development Manager Jim Trainor.
“We look forward to working together to create new applications in the finishing world. While initially focused on high-gloss finishing of melamine panels, the hot-applied UV cure nature of TECHNOMELT CHS UV will allow for the development of new and innovative finishing solutions using digital printing and textures.”
“Our partnership with Henkel reflects our dedication to continuously improve our solutions and surprise customers and prospects with new and innovative answers to their needs,” says Cefla North America General Manager Massimo Di Russo.
“In the months to come, our partnership will allow for creativity in imagining new opportunities and applications for both Cefla and Henkel.”
Inert Technology, one of the products demonstrated at Ligna 2015, is now showcased for testing by customers and prospects at Cefla’s comprehensive lab, located at its North American headquarters in Charlotte, N.C.
“With a full FusionCoat line installed at Cefla’s lab, we will be well-positioned to create new and sustainable processes for finishing across a broad range of markets,” Trainor says.
A special open house to demonstrate the new FusionCoat technology and other leading-edge technologies and equipment is scheduled for April 27-28, at Cefla’s lab in Charlotte.