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A Bridge to the Past

A UK bridge which was opened by Queen Elizabeth II’s father has been coated with products from Akzo Nobel’s International Protective Coatings busin.

A UK bridge which was opened by Queen Elizabeth II’s father has been coated with products from Akzo Nobel’s International Protective Coatings business.

The Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland, which was officially opened in 1929 by the Duke of York—who later became King George VI—recently underwent a major repaint, when more than 12,000 liters of International products were used to coat 26,000 square meters of steel.

The original bridge, which was built on the site in 1796, had been the largest iron bridge in the world. It has remained a vital transport link ever since and the operators wanted disruption to be kept to an absolute minimum during the repaint.

An independent consultant had recommended a high performance four coat system for the structure, but International demonstrated that a three coat system based on the Intercure® brand and the company’s polysiloxane products would provide the required protection, as well as assisting in reducing application time.

Another advantage of the International system is that it offered the operator a reduction in VOC (solvent emissions) of more than 20 percent.

(Released: November 20, 2003)

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