An upturn for wind turbines
More and more wind turbines are appearing all over Europe. Alucrom AB is a supplier for a large number of these projects. Alucrom AB shotblasted and painted more than 300,000 m2 of steel towers in 2008, but the company was finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with demand.
A faster finish speeds up production
Alucrom AB recognised that the only way to stay on top of business was to speed up the production process. It therefore set the coating manufacturer Hempel A/S the following mission: to deliver a system with faster-drying low-VOC paint which would speed up production at the factory in Malmö.
The solution: Pasquick®
Hempel was successful. The manufacturer developed a two-coat system based on a zinc epoxy primer and a topcoat with Pasquick® technology. 75,000 litres of Hempel paint was used during the entire test period and the system is now standard in production. The end client is Enercon Windtower Production AB (EWP). Alucrom delivered six complete towers per week to EWP and gave the enormous towers an exterior coating of DFT 320 μm and an interior coating of DFT 200 μm.
"So far all the parties involved are very satisfied,” says Hempel’s sales consultant, Lars Rosen. “VOC emission have been reduced by 30%, and more sections can be produced per day thanks to the shorter drying time."
The partnership with EWP has been going since 2008, and Alucrom’s paint shop in Malmö painted all the towers produced at EWP’s nearby factory until 2015. Since 2015, Enercon has been handling the painting operations itself, with the same great results.
These wind energy towers have been proving the capacity and long-term performance of Pasquick® in the field of corrosion protection for some years now.