SSAB involved in bio-base coated sheet product research project
SSAB and its subsidiary Ruukki Construction are involved in a sustainability research project that aims to reduce the use of fossil raw materials in sheet products in the construction industry. The project is headed by Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) in conjunction with color coating manufacturers, makers of coated sheet materials and products, and equipment suppliers.
SSAB wants to develop solutions that can be used to increase the use of quality, lasting, bio-based color coatings in building product solutions. SSAB’s role in the research project is to develop various bio-based coating concepts in which traditional fossil raw materials have been replaced by components based on renewable natural resources and to study the: suitability of various bio-based coatings for large-scale production and for outdoor use applications.
Business Finland is contributing to funding the research project, which is connected to Business Finland’s Bio & Circular Finland funding program. Besides HAMK, SSAB and Ruukki Construction, the project also involves PiriSteel, Samesor, Weckman Steel and Tikkurila.
“We’re studying the behavior of bio-based color-coated sheet products. At the same time, we’re developing solutions to further improve the properties of bio-based coatings and to increase the amount of bio-based and recycled components. Weckman Steel Oy is studying and testing bio-coated products made by SSAB and their suitability for building solutions, such as profiled steel roofing,” says Antti Markkula, Product Development Manager at SSAB Europe.
SSAB’s unique patented GreenCoat® BT technology improves the coating’s ecological properties and performance. The range includes, for example, GreenCoat® Pural BT, a highly durable roofing coating popular when installing steel roofs, for example. Color-coated GreenCoat® steel products are currently the market’s most eco-aware options for roofs, façades and rainwater systems.
The GreenCoat® solution used in product coatings features a bio-based technology (BT) in which a substantial amount of the traditional fossil components have been replaced with a bio-based alternative. In other words, unlike in traditional coatings, the bio-based solvent remains a permanent part of the end coating, thereby making it eco-friendlier and also reducing the release of volatile harmful substances into the air.
For further information, please contact:
Antti Markkula, Product Development Manager, SSAB Europe,
antti.markkula @ ssab.com, tel. +358 40 868 7543