Resene have the secret to sustainable paint

  • 23 March 2010
  • Home Energy Centre

Resene believes it has identified the secret ingredient that will allow it to produce the world's first sustainable paint.

In August 2009, Professor Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, awarded Resene the winning prize in Industrial Research Ltd’s (IRL) What’s Your Problem New Zealand? competition.

Resene will be awarded up to $1 million in IRL R&D services to develop premium waterborne paints based on resins made from up to 80 per cent sustainable ingredients, breaking the long term reliance on gas and oil for high performance paints.

Resene Managing Director Nick Nightingale says “This competition presented an amazing opportunity for Resene to team its commercial experience with world leading science and revolutionise an industry. We’re committed to sustainable developments and we took a bold idea to the judges and showed them how it can be realised with IRL”.

The What’s Your Problem New Zealand? competition sought to raise the profile of R&D and encourage local firms to improve long term productivity and profitability through increased R&D investment.

The sustainable paints currently available were about twice the price of ordinary paint, and the Resene project was aiming to sell its new product at about 80 per cent of that price point - and offer a better product.

Keep a look out for more information from Resene as progress is made on this exciting new product!

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