The honors were presented to Sparlack—which was recognized in the Technological Innovation category—and to Ypiranga, which was successful in the Marketing and Sales class.
As part of the awards program, all the entries were assessed by a special jury, with the awards being handed out at one of the most prestigious events in the Brazilian building materials sector.
The winning Sparlack entry was Cetol Deck, a varnish specially developed for the wooden decking often used around swimming pools. The product leaves a flexible protective film on the wood which expands and contracts with the surface as the temperature changes, thus preventing the varnish from cracking and breaking off.
Ypiranga’s winning entry was Kit Piscina Plus, a revolutionary paint system for use on swimming pools made of fiber and concrete.
The kit is composed of enamel polyurethane, catalyst and thinner and was developed in response to the huge demand for swimming pool coatings. It is water resistant, does not discolor or release any impurities during cleaning.
The Brazilian arm of Akzo Nobel’s International Decorative Coatings business is based near São Paulo.
(Released: June 21, 2004)