Palsgaard to participate in ground breaking research project on CO2 friendly paint
18. January 2012, Mette Dal Steffensen
Palsgaard is pleased to announce that the company is to
participate in a DKK 23 million research project on developing
bio-based paints and wood preservatives. The project which is
entitled Superior Bio Based Coating Systems for Exterior Wood
Applications will run for the next 4 years, and it is perfectly in
tune with Palsgaard's focus on Corporate Social Responsibility as it, if
successful, in time will help reduce CO2 emissions.
According to Viggo Norn, Director of Palsgaard's independent
research company Nexus
A/S Palsgaard's part in the project will be to develop
emulsifiers that will be able to eliminate the petrochemicals from
the paint and wood preservatives. The petrochemicals are to be
replaced by renewable vegetable raw materials thereby creating a
more CO2 and environmentally friendly product.
Palsgaard hopes that in time the project may help the company to
revive what was actually its initial business area: Palsgaard
manufactured emulsifiers for paint and marketed its own series of
paints from its own factory under the trade marks
Gumiol® and Asol® as early
as 1919 but sold off the factory in the early 1950s as Palsgaard
wanted to focus on food emulsifiers. However, it was actually
Palsgaard founder Einar
Viggo Schou's initial work with emulsifiers for paint as well
as his background as a margarine manufacturer that spurred his
desire to develop emulsifiers for margarine and led to his
invention of the Palsgaard Emulsion Oil in 1920.
Emulsifiers for foodstuffs will naturally remain Palsgaard's
main business area.