What is profitable today will have been replaced by a better solution by tomorrow. You know better than anyone else the need for innovation to stay ahead of your competitor or partner. New technologies often lie at the root of these changes. Staying informed is therefore a must!

Industrial blades are used for many different processes. Their service life depends to a great extent on the application. A new COOCK project aims to offer a solution by studying the crucially important parameters of material, surface treatment and core treatment.

The development of sustainable alternatives to wallpaper and wall finishes includes both the use of bio-based materials and the implementation of an end-of-life recycling strategy.

There is an increasing demand from the chemical sector for the use of biomass as a source for chemical products and processes. Therefore the focus now lies on improving current processes and regular research into the use of new forms of biomass. What is bio-based, what is the state-of-affairs and how is it validated? Sirris launched its first white paper on bio-based coatings.

Packaging is one of the most important actors in the food supply chain. The industry sees itself confronted with several challenges, the use of (coated) paper and cardboard packages being one of them. The aim of the CORNET-TETRA project 'REPAC²', proposed by Sirris and several Flemish and European partners, is to support an accelerated implementation of highly functional and recyclable coated paper and cardboard materials for dry food packaging applications. Join us!

New trends such as circular construction and ecological construction have ensured that novel materials have found their way into the construction sector. The use of renewable raw materials and nature-based building materials forms an integral part of this. A status report, with some examples of materials and initiatives.

What is the role of surface functionalities and, in particular, the role of textures, in the manufacturing industry in Belgium? That is the question we asked our member companies last summer with a view to rolling out a service on surface textures. The (concise) results are presented in this article.

The pressure on products of fossil origin is increasing and bio-based alternatives are gaining in importance, but there is still a lot of work to be done. This is no different in the coating industry. Early this year we kicked off the project 'Bio-based coatings: an opportunity for a sustainable company and world'.

Structures are already widely used to give functionality to a surface, with nature as the best example. However, in order to use this in technical applications, we must take into account the limitations and possibilities offered by the various (current) production methods.

It is no secret that good adhesion is a basic requirement for taking full advantage of the functionalities of a coating or paint. After all, flaking paint layers needing to be repaired imply high costs for companies and governments. The adhesion between paint and surface is decisive for a high-quality finish.