Third Woodcoatings Congress

Venue: The Netherlands Congress Centre

Location: The Hague,

Event Date/Time: Oct 28, 2002 End Date/Time: Oct 30, 2002
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 05, 2002
Paper Submission Date: Aug 23, 2002
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Wood is a remarkable composite material with many end-uses. However for most applications there are alternatives, including plastics and metal. For each end-use the materials will both compete and co-exist. Wood's unique properties include its sustainability as a natural resource, aesthetic beauty as a material, and functional properties such as high modulus relative to density. In many applications there is a requirement for surface and other treatments to enhance appearance and to provide protection. The future of wood as a material, in applications ranging from joinery to furniture, is contingent upon a synergy between coating and substrate. Despite being a natural material the nature and quality of wood available commercially continually changes. Species selection, plantation methods and derived products such as MDF lead to different coating requirements. At the same time the coatings industry is subject to environmental pressures. New compliant technologies differ in many respects from their predecessors and will have different operational outcomes. In consequence there is need to continually update industrial knowledge of coating and substrate interactions at all levels including economic, environmental and technical. Moreover this must be achieved on a relatively short time scale.

This third Wood Coatings Congress will build on the success of its predecessors by providing a forum for presenting new work for all coated wood markets. An overarching theme of the congress will be to integrate past and present knowledge with a view to minimising risk as products and markets change.