PUBLIC COMPANY; YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1892
REVENUE: $617 million
MARKETS SERVED: Decorative coatings
Elisa Markula, CEO; Melisa Bärholm, senior VP, Human Resources; Jukka Havia, CFO; Fredrik Linde, senior VP, Operations; Petri Miettinen, senior VP, Sourcing; Meri Vainikka, senior VP, Offering.
Tikkurila Oyj manufactures paints and lacquers. Tikkurila is the market leader in decorative paints in Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Baltic countries. Russia, Sweden, Finland and Poland account for 80 percent of the group’s revenue.
Tikkurila recently launched a new fire-retardant paint system that improves the safety of wooden buildings. Tikkurila is the first Finnish company to launch a twice top-coatable fire-retardant paint system for the industrial painting of wood facades. The system has the best possible reaction to fire classification for wood B-s1, d0, and it provides long-term protection against weathering of exterior cladding, according to
Tikkurila’s new fire-retardant paint system improves the safety of industrially painted wood buildings as the facades can be top-coated not only once but twice and they still have the best possible reaction to fire classification for wood.
The paint system consists of Tikkurila’s Fontefire WF water-borne intumescent fire-retardant coating and two new water-borne and tintable paints: Ultra Pro WF-M intermediate coat and Ultra Pro WF 10 topcoat. The new fire-retardant paint system protects the exterior cladding against fire and in addition, the intermediate coat and topcoat together give the facade long-term protection against weathering, moisture, sunlight and dirt.
“Standard exterior paints, and acrylic paints in general, spread fire. Fire-retardant paint systems increase safety in two ways: They slow down the ignition of wood and spread of fire, while also creating less smoke.
Compared to existing solutions, the new system allows claddings to be top-coated twice, while the requirements for the highest possible fire reaction class B-s1, d0 is still fulfilled”, said Arto Nummela, Group Portfolio Development manager for Tikkurila’s wood industry.