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Now for tomorrow

modern lacquer systems to achieve a sustainable future

Imminent plans for a better tomorrow

modern lacquer systems to achieve a sustainable future

As a family-run company with intergenerational history, we feel compelled to assume responsibility for subsequent generations. We have therefore decided to restructure our product range: by 2030 we will have replaced all solvent -based products in our product range with sustainable alternatives and will be making greater use of regenerative raw materials. Our goals are to reduce the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and to achieve maximum resource conservation. This will enable us to make an active contribution to preserving a world worth living in for future generations and to meet future market requirements.

What does this mean for you?

The restructuring of our product range will result in some changes for our customers: we will be removing our nitrocellulose lacquers, solvent -based stains and solvent -based, acid-hardening lacquers from our product range by the end of 2023. Hesse Lignal will therefore no longer be offering such products from January 2024. A further step involves us replacing all other solvent -based lacquers with sustainable alternatives by 2030. 
Take a look at our video message on the switch to sustainable laquer systems 

In our brochure "Now for tomorrow - modern coating systems for a sustainable future" you will find further information on the product range changeover. In it, you will learn more about the background to our decision, about our goals and about the opportunities that arise for industrial and craft companies as a result of the changeover. 

Success Stories

Switching to Hydro lacquer

Interview: Willi Pfeffer

The switch required the planners and coating specialists to undertake a complete redesign of their surface processes. Their previous „surface records“ had to be recalculated and adapted for each programme line (such as natural oak or MDF in white). Read more in the Pfeffer profile or watch the video directly

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Innenausbau Biermann GmbH
Sustainability in demand in yacht building

As far as the coating specialists are concerned, it can’t happen fast enough. Once they have slightly adjusted the way they work, HYDRO lacquer provides convincing results. In the video, Daniel Janz reports on his daily coating routine. You can also find details in the Biermann profile.

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LIVO Binnendeuren
Industrial HYDRO-UV coating

LIVO has over 25 years of experience and is therefore one of the leading Belgian players in the production and installation of interior doors – 13,000 doors per year are now produced entirely using water-based coatings.

All details here in the LIVO profile or in the video

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Hubert Scharlau GmbH
Conversion step by step

They decided to switch to water-based lacquers, but they made the transition gradually, working handin-glove with manufacturer brands, who insist on their own demanding product specifications. The decision went down well with customers, not least because Scharlau continued to deliver the same high-quality, stylish interiors they always had done. Stefan Droste, project manager at Hubert Scharlau GmbH, reports on this in the video.

Background also in the profile Scharlau

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Tischlerei stilfabrik* GmbH
Simplified approval

stilfabrik* has always paid attention to making its production processes as environmentallyfriendly as possible, and those principles led it to make an early switch to sustainable surfaces. Instead of making a gradual transition over a number of years and using water-based and solventbased lacquers in parallel, it switched entirely to water-based lacquer when it moved into its new premises in 2020. Piet Hülsmann, the owner, reports.

Details in the video, alternatively here in the profile stilfabrik*.

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Scientific explanation
Prof. Werner Kunz

Werner Kunz is a professor of physical chemistry at the University of Regensburg and explains the interrelationships in detail.

Link to the video
Pioneer in craftsmanship
Hammermeister Raumobjekt

Craftsman Thomas Hammermeister has impressively demonstrated that the switch to sustainable lacquers is worthwhile: he had been using solvent -based products in his Hammermeister Raumobjekt joinery workshop for many years, but in 2016 this interior fitter decided to switch to climate-friendly Hydro lacquers. He wanted to use the switch to protect his employees from the solvent vapours that arise when processing solvent -based lacquers.

Link to the video
Industrial yacht-builder
reduces VOC emissions

Switching to HYDRO-UV lacquer enabled the yacht-builder to reduce the VOC content of its spray application by 79 per cent within a month. It therefore succeeded in reducing its VOC emissions from production in 2021 by around 17,000 litres compared to 2020.
Martin Braun talks about the successful conversion of his client from the yacht-building sector.

Link zum Video

We will support you during the switch

You will not be on your own during the impending restructuring. You can benefit from our equipment and technology consultancy to assist you on your path to using coatings in a climate-friendly manner, and we will actively support you in your project. Together we'll find the appropriate, eco-friendly alternative products, and we'll draw up a suitable plan for converting your equipment and processes.

Simply get in touch with your familiar Hesse Lignal sales representative or contact our sales team. Our specialists will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the restructuring of our product range and our sustainable lacquer systems.


Sustainable action secures the future

More facts

For generations, we at Hesse Lignal have been aware of our ecological responsibility as a manufacturer of lacquers and stains. Because we feel obligated towards both present and future generations, our focus is on the responsible treatment of people, the environment and resources. Acting sustainably in the long term is a matter close to our hearts. We make our contribution to society in the form of climate-friendly product manufacturing, high standards of occupational safety and environmental protection , strong health management, numerous training programmes and our diverse social commitment. In this way, we give meaning to our daily actions and thus contribute to an environmentally friendly and more colourful world.

If you would like to delve even deeper into the subject, here are a few more interesting links 
Climate Central: A Science & News Organization 
IPCC — Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 
Umweltbundesamt | Für Mensch und Umwelt

Our focus is on people
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For the sake of the environment
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Brochure, Whitepaper

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In the broschure
Facts hydro lacquer

You can read all the advantages and disadvantages of hydro lacquer in this white paper.

Whitepaper Hydro lacquer
Biorenewable Carbon

Learn more about how you can increase the sustainability level of your products?

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