In 2010 Italian industrial wood coatings maker ICA Group launched its interactive “liquid metals” system called My Lab. The new MY LAB system was conceived to meet the needs of designers involved in the creation of interior furnishings, with a view to stimulating their design work. According to ICA, the new My Lab colors have never been seen before on the Italian or international markets and have been formulated with mono/bicomponent water-based bases to fulfill the requirements for coatings with low levels of environmental impact. Compared to traditional metallic coatings, these new coatings have greater covering power and superior uniformity of application, the company said. Back in 1995, the European Community awarded ICA’s range of bicomponent water-based coatings its LIFE mark, in recognition of the “sustainable, long-term development” demonstrated by the group in its efforts to reduce atmospheric pollution through the use of clean technologies. The new liquid metals are available in two categories: primary colors and secondary colors.