Verniciatura Industriale magazine interviewed Cristoforo Brendas from Arsonsisi about powder coatings technology for MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard).

Cristoforo Brendas
Cristoforo Brendas, Arsonsisi Powder Coatings Business Manager for Italy.

The wood industry benefits the most from low-temperature powder coatings technology.

This is the reason that led Arsonsisi to focus its work on the development of formulations that meet the needs of MDF market, a technical support widely used in the wood industry.

MDF performances change depending on the variation of the following material features: paintability, depth of furrows, sanding, resistance to craters in the edges, conductivity, degassing (water and additives).

Through careful selection of the resins, additives and wood fibers used, it’s possible to produce best MDF for the application of powder coatings.

There are several advantages related to the use of powder coatings on MDF, both in substitution of laminate.

In the first case it’s about freedom of design (curved shapes and edges without joints), flexibility in terms of colors and surface aspect, homogenous texturized surface both visual and tactile, ease of application and manageability, reduction of process costs.

The advantages with liquid are elimination of VOC emissions, elimination or reduction of intermediate sanding, use of 97% of powered coatings used, easy recycling and absence of waste treatment, full application on the edges in a single phase.

Powder Coatings Application and UV Curing

The traditional way of powder coatings application is based on electrostatic techniques and requires conductive substrates to work.

Since MDF is a non-conductive material, there are methods to make it so, such as the introduction of conductive agents in its formulation or the application of a conductive liquid primer before proceeding with powder coating the support. Once dried it is possible to apply powder coating.

MDF panel

The most effective method is the pre-meating by IR lamps on both panel’s sides, whose temperature must be about 90°C once out from infrared oven.

The coating of the substrate must take place within 1 or 2 minutes from the preheating process using a tribo or crown spray gun.

The best results are obtained using a combination of infrared and convective heat. On the other hand, it is possible to use infrared heating only.

It is essential to use a MDF of adequate quality: some supports are so conductive that the powder coatings can be applied without preheating. However, since the quality of MDF may vary from batch to batch, it’s advisable to preheat to obtain an homogenous film thickness on the whole item.

Light preheating with IR allows additives migration from the MDF substrate to the surface, making the panel more conductive and easy to coat.

The Selac® XFC – Extra Fast Curing Powder Coatings and Selac® UV powder coatings range is the result of a fifteen-year work of Arsonsisi R&D laboratories: powder coatings thermosetting for thermal crosslinking (XFC) o UV.

Selac® XFC powder coatings are particularly suitable for low quality requirements such as those of shelves, TV/PC stands, desks and standard furniture for general use, considering the lower costs/m2 compared to UV products.

They need a single melting and polymerization step and between 10 and 15 minutes of processing time.

While Selac® UV products are used for high quality requirements such as office furniture, kitchens and more because of the high mechanical and chemical properties which characterized them.

These lasts are subjected to a drastically reduced thermal stress considering XFC products and they require process times of about 5 minutes.

Currently there are few powder coatings UV e XFC lines for MDF, but an evolution in this sector is expected and Arsonsisi is leading a market analysis to define needs and find new solutions.

Read the full article of Verniciatura Industriale available also in English on VDL magazine.

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festa della verniciatura industriale

On 25th October, Arsonsisi participated at the day of industrial coatings organised by the editorial staff of La Rivista del Colore. The celebration was to mark the magazine’s 50th anniversary and took place in the stunning Sala del Cenacolo in Milan’s Leonardo da Vinci Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia.

Industrial Coatings Celebration sala cenacolo
La Rivista del Colore celebrated its 50th birthday and took stock of the next 50 years of industrial coating together with industry experts in the relevant fields of activity: manufacturing, economics, design, education and surface treatment.

It was a day of celebration to reflect on the past, present and future of industrial coatings, and to become more aware of the concept of sustainability. Supported by first-hand experience, entrepreneurs and professionals shared their individual visions and encounters with those present.

What has changed over the years in the world of industrial coatings?

100 years of arsonsisi's activity in the Storia della verniciatura industriale in Italia book
Arsonsisi tells the tale of its 100 years in the volume dedicated to the coating of metal and plastic in La Rivista del Colore’s “Storia della verniciatura industriale in Italia” book.

The answer can be found in the book “Storia della verniciatura industriale in Italia” (History of Industrial Coatings in Italy).

La Rivista del Colore traces its long journey in the pages of its magazines. They scan time and narrate the story of industrial coating from the 1960s to the present day, enriched by the tales of those companies that have been the protagonists of these years of change.

And among these entrepreneurial organisations, with the company celebrating 100 years of business last year, Arsonsisi’s contribution could not go amiss.

Carlo Junghanns at the round table dedicated to research
Carlo Junghanns, President of Arsonsisi, speaks about Assovernici’s Colore Sicuro (Safe Colour) project at the round table dedicated to research.
Stefano Lazzerini participates at the round table dedicated to intelligent coatings
Stefano Lazzerini, Business Manager Liquid Coatings – Div. Specialties & UV Product Manager at Arsonsisi, participates at the round table dedicated to “intelligent” coatings.

Presented for the first time during the event, the book is being published in two volumes dedicated to the metal and plastic, and wood industries. They have been written by Danilo O. Malavolti – President of Anver – and Gianni Giardina – former owner of Giardina Officine Aeromeccaniche – respectively.

In the afternoon, Arsonsisi’s representatives, alongside those of other manufacturing companies for installations, machinery, systems, and raw materials, powder coatings and liquid coatings, as well as spokespeople from the academic world, met at a round table to discuss the topics of sustainability, research, innovation and circular economy. Together, they examined the future of industrial coatings.

The day ended with a guided tour of the Toti submarine, recently restored thanks to the efforts of Danilo O. Malavolti, Founder of La Rivista del Colore, and the contribution of a number of companies in the industry.


vernici arsonsisi certificate MED dal RINA

Arsonsisi powder coatings have been certified by RINA (Registro Italiano Navale) laboratories in accordance with the European Directive on Marine Equipment (MED) 2014/90/EU and subsequent amendments and additions for industrial application in the shipbuilding field.

Modules B and D of the MED certifications attest to the full compliance of the coatings in terms of the low rate of flames-spread on equipment surfaces for interior ship fittings.

The Arsonsisi products that fulfil such requirements are the B series epoxy powder coatings; J, Y and Z series polyesters; and E, F, G, H, K, PH, Q and X series epoxy-polyesters.

We are very pleased to have received this approval for many series of different chemistry with a wide choice of finishes and effects for the shipbuilding industry. Passing the strict tests provided for by the MED Directive is further confirmation of the quality of our products.
Says Ivan Fornari, Arsonsisi’s Sales Director.

MED certifications (B-D modules) for Arsonsisi epoxy powder coatings.

RINA certifications MED B-D for Arsonsisi epoxy powder coatings

MED certifications (B-D modules) for Arsonsisi polyesters.

RINA certifications MED B-D for Arsonsisi polyesters

MED certifications (B-D modules) for Arsonsisi epoxy-polyesters.

RINA certifications MED B-D for Arsonsisi epoxy-polyesters

nuovo ecommerce arsonsisi

Innovation at hand!

Totally revamped in its graphics and navigation paths, Arsonsisi’s new e-commerce website has been designed and developed to improve the user’s experience and make online order acquisition and management easier.

Cristoforo Brendas, Powder Coatings Business Manager in Italy.
Luca Troiani Powder Coatings Area Manager in Italy
Luca Troiani, Powder Coatings Area Manager in Italy.

4 years after its launch, Arsonsisi presents a more modern and functional version for the ecommerce of its powder coatings, capable of enhancing the user’s shopping experience.

Arsonsisi first introduced the powder online purchasing service in Italy in 2014.
It was a courageous choice, motivated by the subcontractors’ request for more flexibility and autonomy in order management.

States Cristoforo Brendas, Powder Coatings Business Manager in Italy.

The new e-commerce website has been realised by Overweb, an IT and web services company from Milan, with Magento, one of the best and most widely used open source CMS that offers many functions for the development of online purchasing platforms.

The digital world is constantly evolving and it is important to keep up to date with the times if you want to be competitive.
Apart from the graphics and design, the improvements affect mainly the navigation path, order management process and optimisation of internal search with clearer and more intuitive filters for colour, price, finishing effect and chemical nature.

Explains Luca Troiani, Powder Coatings Area Manager Italy and Project Leader for Arsonsisi’s new e-commerce website.

Customers ordering Arsonsisi coatings benefit from the same advantages as when they use the main e-commerce sites for private purchases: cheaper prices and reserved promotions, access to their customer accounts to check their order and invoice history, simple and fast order processing, easy access when using mobile devices and safe payments.

Arsonsisi’s e-commerce website is also a support tool for customers’ daily activities, since, on each product page, they can immediately find the information on the preparation and application of the coating and can download the technical sheets of all the codes on the online catalogue at any time.

The service is currently available to purchase only powder coatings in Italy, but Arsonsisi is planning to extend it also abroad and to the sale of other industrial painting lines.

Find out more about Arsonsisi’s new e-commerce!



We are now searching for sales agents and distributors in order to strengthen our sales network in the following countries:
Germany, France, Hungary, Spain, UK, Switzerland and Scandinavian countries.

Be part of our team!

For further information please contact:
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xylexpo 2018

On 10th May Arsonsisi will attend the meeting entitled “Coating materials: the new horizons of sustainability”, organized at the Xylexpo Arena by the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering “Giulio Natta” of the Politecnico of Milan and by Catas, supported by Poliefun.

xylexpo_2018On the occasion of Xylexpo 2018, the biennial world exhibition of technologies for the wood and furniture industry, to be held at FieraMilano-Rho from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 May, 2018, at the Xylexpo Arena four in-depth analysis meetings will consider various aspects of the furniture production process.

A series of conferences of great interest that will see the presence of about fifteen well known representing enterprises and multinational companies, including Arsonsisi that on 10th May will attend the conference about “Coating materials: the new horizons of sustainability“.

Coatings have always been one of the most important areas of debates on the sustainability of the production and use of such products. Many steps forward and many others have been made, thanks to the continuous evolution of products and processes stimulated by research.

cristoforo brendas xylexpo arenaCristoforo Brendas, Powder Coatings Business Manager in Italy at Arsonsisi, will discuss about “Powder coatings for heat-sensitive substrates”.

The round of meetings is based on the collaboration between the Giulio Natta” Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering of Politecnico di Milano and Catas, Europe’s leading laboratory for tests, research and education in the wood-furniture industry, and is sponsored by Poliefun, an association created at Politecnico di Milano to gather surface finishing companies and universities, promoting the development of enterprise culture, research and innovation.

The meetings will be held from Tuesday 8 to Friday 11, from 2.30 pm to 4 pm at the Xylexpo Arena in Hall 4, Stand C31/D32.

For additional information on the program, please visit:

arsonsisi at PaintExpo 2018

A new success for PaintExpo, which closed once again with record breaking results.

And it’s no wonder, because with its comprehensive overview of the industrial coating technologies market, PaintExpo is meanwhile the number one information and procurement platform for users from all over the world.

The 7th PaintExpo edition was bigger than ever. With an increased exhibition floor space offering an additional hall, 537 companies coming from 29 countries and 11,790 visitors from 88 countries, the Fair observed an increase of 12%.

After Germany, the most well-represented visitor countries were Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Turkey.

Arsonsisi was also very satisfied with this edition and welcomed a great number of visitors to its stand, where its complete range of industrial coatings was displayed.

radiatori vintage corten

Tonon Forty launches the new line of “Colors Vintage” design radiators coated with Arsonsisi powder coatings, carefully selected with finishes specially dedicated to the vintage sector.

Arsonsisi and Tonon Forty have been cooperating for many years to always get top results and guarantee the high quality of their products in the name of the excellence of the Made in Italy.

The new range Colors Vintage is born of this historic partnership, a reinterpretation of the Colors lamellar radiator, Tonon Forty’s spearhead since 1967, with finishes inspired by simple materials such as copper, aluminium, stone and soil, to create evocative environments.

The search for the right colour and effect combination was fundamental to characterize the design of the Colors Vintage line, which finds its maximum expression in the Vintage Corten finish, where the colour lets you see all the elements in all its shades.

The Copper, Aluminium and Stone finishes are made by painting with coloured epoxy-polyester powders, while the Vintage Land and Vintage Corten finishes are obtained with a particular process on the untreated radiator, followed by the application of clear industrial polyesters.

Our design department has worked closely with Arsonsisi sales department.

Comments Arianna Giuseppin, Marketing Manager in Tonon Forty.

Arsonsisi professionalism and technical assistance helped us a lot in the implementation of this project and have been crucial to the success of the Vintage range.

arsonsisi is colore sicuroBut “beyond colour there is also value“, citing Assovernici’s Colore Sicuro.

Arsonsisi has adhered to Colore Sicuro with the commitment of supporting certain values inspired by the respect for the recipients of its paints, the Company and the environment.

The uniqueness of these two historical Italian companies lies specifically in their values.

The cooperation with Arsonsisi confirms once again Tonon Forty‘s attention to quality, safety and the environment through the choice of eco-friendly technologies and the safeguarding of employees, contractors and clients’ health and all with a fully transparent approach.

Values fully shared by Arsonsisi.

vintage eppe aluminium radiators
Tonon Forty radiators from the Vintage Colors range, Vintage Eppe Aluminium finish, obtained with a black epoxy-polyester powder coating.
vintage land radiators
Tonon Forty radiators from the Vintage Colors range, Vintage Land finish, obtained with a matt clear industrial polyester powder coating.
vintage corten radiators
Tonon Forty radiators from the Vintage Colors range, Vintage Corten finish, obtained with a clear industrial polyester powder coating.
vintage stone radiators
Tonon Forty radiators from the Vintage Colors range, Vintage Stone finish, obtained with a grey epoxy-polyester powder coating.
vintage copper radiators
Tonon Forty radiators from the Vintage Colors range, Vintage Eppe Copper finish, obtained with a copper epoxy-polyester powder coating.


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arsonsisi at PaintExpo 2018

Arsonsisi will attend PaintExpo 2018, the Leading International Trade Fair for Industrial Coating Technology from 17 through 20 April 2018 in Karlsruhe (Germany).

PaintExpo 2016 received top scores 10,522 visitors coming from 74 countries and 501 exhibitors.

Growth of the world’s leading trade fair for liquid painting, powder and coil coating technology is making itself apparent even in its 7th edition, that is expected to be the biggest and most international PaintExpo so far.

More than 520 companies in these fields from 29 countries will occupy 15,000 square meters in 3 exhibition halls.

Arsonsisi will present its latest developments from the entire range of liquid paints, powder coatings, liquid and electrocoating paints at the Stand n. 1149 – Hall 1, Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre.

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arsonsisi at paintexpo 2018

team vernici in polvere Arsonsisi

Arsonsisi salesforce for the Italian powder coating market met to discuss the development plan and the strategies to implement to exploit every opportunity on the territory.

2017 was a year of growth for the Italian powder coating market. Arsonsisi recorded an important increase in volume of 20% and the forecast for 2018 is an even greater one.

Dr. James Junghanns, Arsonsisi Business Unit Manager, congratulated the participants for the results obtained in 2017 thanks to the quality of the products and services offered.

Behind all this, there are always people that make the difference with their experience and professionalism.

We are a unified team aimed at reaching our goals. We have a specialized laboratory capable of offering solutions and products for all types of markets.
We adopt an approach that involves our customers that become real partners with which to share a path. These are only some of our strong points. – Cristoforo Brendas, Business Manager for powder coatings – Italy, explained.

cristoforo brendas
Cristoforo Brendas, Business Manager for powder coatings – Italy.

The regions of northern Italy are constantly those where Arsonsisi has a greater presence, followed by Emilia Romagna; while in the rest of Italy, in particular in the South, the widening of the commercial network is continuing.

New forces are entering the field in 2018. New agents, sales managers and technical service staff will reinforce the powder coating team in order to achieve the ambitious goals set, despite the announcement of the inevitable price increase determined by the rising costs of raw materials.

colore sicuro
Dr. Carlo Junghanns, Arsonsisi and Assovernici Chairman.

During the meeting dr. Carlo Junghanns, Arsonsisi Chairman as well as Assovernici (Italian Association of Paint Producers) President, spoke of Colore Sicuro (Safe Colour), the Association’s new project that promotes the excellence of the participating companies.

Arsonsisi adhered to Safe Colour with the commitment to share and support certain values inspired by the respect of the recipients of its paints, society and the environment.

The meeting concluded with the preview of the new Arsonsisi e-commerce portal, developed to improve the user experience and speed up the acquisition and management of orders, presented with new graphics.

Ours is an evolving market and we have always been forerunners and promoters of innovations, strategies, solutions and services tailored to each company. We are convinced we are up to date with the requests of the current market, our new objective today is to lead customers to fully exploit the potential offered by the web that will allow us to keep pace with the future. – Stated Cristoforo Brendas.

presentazione nuovo ecommerce arsonsisi
Bruno Cordioli from Overweb, Cristoforo Brendas and Luca Troiani from Arsonsisi.