Canadian Finishing and Coatings Manufacturing


June 25, 2022 

AkzoNobel 3BrothersInterpon, AkzoNobel’s powder coatings brand, has partnered with 3Brothers, an international lighting design and manufacturer in Egypt, to accelerate its growth and support its sustainability ambitions through the proven durability of the Interpon Redox range. 

Egypt has many extremes of temperature, with high salinity in the air and frequent sandstorms. This means that the coatings applied to the lighting products—many of which are used outside—have to be durable. This protects them against corrosion and helps maintain the integrity and stability of the colour even in harsh sunlight. 

The Interpon and 3Brothers teams conducted a series of in-house trials before deciding upon Interpon’s Redox Plus range with a UV resistant topcoat as the most effective protection in the challenging environment of North Africa where the manufacturer’s products are primarily sold. 

The Redox Plus range is a powder primer protective barrier that gives enhanced corrosion protection across a range of metal substrates, from mild steel to aluminum. It can protect products for C5 environment for 7 to 15 years, while providing more than 25 years of durability in a C3 corrosivity level.  

The collaborative approach from the local AkzoNobel team during testing and trialing was key to establishing the successful partnership which is now exploring Interpon’s other innovations. 

“The Interpon team was very helpful in providing samples so we could assess how their products behaved on different materials and in different conditions when subjected to corrosion,” said George Micheal, CEO of 3Brothers. 

The collaboration between the two businesses extends beyond the powder in the box. While performance is vital, and costs need to remain competitive, the additional testing that Micheal’s team performs are also shared with AkzoNobel’s technical teams. This supports further research and development into how Interpon Redox performs in extreme conditions. 

3Brothers has also been quick to embrace the antimicrobial technology in Interpon AM for lighting products used in hospital and healthcare environments. They are also now exploring the use of Interpon 610 Low-E powder coatings—coatings that can be cured more quickly or at lower temperatures—to improve productivity and/or to further reduce energy consumption. 

“We are excited about our collaboration with AkzoNobel Powder Coatings as experts in making paints and bringing surface to life and look forward to working with them in assuring our long-term manufacturing success,” said Micheal.

Feature Video: DeVilbiss TEKNA Gun Flexes on Muscle Car Show

CFCM TeknaGun 400

Carlisle Fluid Technologies’ DeVilbiss TEKNA spray gun was recently featured on an episode of Detroit Muscle on Power Nation TV to bring a 1973 AMC Javelin back to life. Featuring a high finish quality and operator ergonomics, The TEKNA gun’s high transfer efficiency provides materials savings for solvent or waterbase paints.

The spray gun technology, which has been used in automotive refinishing processes for many years, is designed to spray all types of materials and comes with high efficiency or HVLP air caps that produce large spray patterns with even material distribution.


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CFCM slingpsychrometer 400Paul N. Gardner USA, global distributors, producers, and designers of quality physical and inspection instruments for the paint, coatings, and related industries, has introduced a new offering: The compact, portable Sling Psychrometer.

As an easy way to measure relative humidity levels quickly, this uniquely compact Bacharach Sling Psychrometer accurately determines per cent relative humidity without the necessity of consulting complex tables. There is no need to wet the wick each time a reading is taken, and it contains a slide rule calculator which correlates wet and dry bulb thermometer indications for direct reading of relative humidity. When not in use, the thermometer case telescopes into the handle for protection.

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