Sustainability And The Coatings Industry

Posted in Product News and Information by Firwood Paints on January 27th 2016

Sustainability And The Coatings Industry - Floor Paints and Industrial Coatings

With increased demand for more sustainable products, the UK Coatings Industry has in recent years developed policies and actions to help reduce the impact of their operations and products on the environment. Firwood Paints have always taken an active role in this, with Firwood Managing Director Martin Wallen having been an active member of the British Coatings Federation (BCF) Sustainability Committee since its inception in 2009. The committee was formed to identify best practice in environmental, social and economic sustainability.

About The British Coatings Federation Sustainability Policy

The Sustainability Policy created by the BCF identifies the need to:

  • Provide quality products that protect the environment
  • Conserve resources
  • Enhance lifestyle
  • Communicate information on the impact of products on the environment
The BCF has now produced its “Sustainable Development Policy – 7 Years on report", and Firwood paints have two of their ongoing projects highlighted in this report. Copies of the BCF report can be downloaded here.

For many years the development policy at Firwood Paints has sought to eliminate the use of products wherever possible that are considered to be of high risk to health. This has included the removal of all hexavalent chromium substances from their floor paint and other products. Gone are lead and zinc chromates used by some paint manufacturing companies, and whilst such products can offer a commercial advantage for their ongoing use, it is not essential to maintain the high standard of quality paint and coating, and they still provide long term protection from corrosion and good light fastness.

Firwood's Firmatch Program has now been running for over 10 years and this has involved the development of high performance water borne floor paint to match traditional solvent based products from within the Firwood range. The ambition is to improve product safety and reduce the impact of solvent borne paints on the environment. The future of paints and coatings will be water based and Firwood is well established to be a leading manufacturer of such products.

Sustainable Floor Paint From Firwood

Reflecting on 2015, Firwood have in the last 12 months launched new water borne paints and improved the performance of older products. In early 2016, Firwood will be launching new water borne floor paints, anti-corrosive primers and some niche products, all of which are based on water borne paint technology. In you would like to learn more about our new products, don't hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and committed team on +44 (0)1204 525231. Alternatively, you can also email us on

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