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From Wood Basics to New Innovative Design Solutions for the Future

Luc Sterckx, Technical Support and Business Development, Wood & Construction EMEA, allnex


The wood coating protection market is predicted to grow by 4%.

However, environmental concerns and “Forest care” very much put the use of basic wood and its derived products in jeopardy.  The success of non-wood materials and composites also plays a part in slowing down customer adoption of “living” materials, such as oak or pine, effectively putting the wood protection industry at a crossroad.

Besides the aesthetic aspect, basic wood needs to be protected against mechanical, chemical and physical attacks. The type of protection needed can differ between market segments, depending on the requirements. To address these trends, many now turn to new and advanced polymer science.

With the ecological aspects, environmental legislation and demanding quality requirements in mind, our presentation will be focusing on water-based systems.

At allnex, we are continuously on the lookout for new high-performance and environmentally-friendly polymers.


Luc Sterckx, a veteran in the coatings industry with close to three decades of experience in the field, has been working as Tech Support and Business Development Manager EMEA at allnex since 2008 (then Cytec).

Born in Brussels, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Sciences (BASc) in Clinical Chemistry Engineering from the IHAM (Mechelen, Belgium). Encouraged by some friends and taking a keen interest in a more industrial approach of chemistry, his focus in the field quickly shifted to the industrial sector, which earned him his first job at Trimetal (Akzo Nobel group), working in the lab as a chemist and color engineer for WB systems. He then joined Wijns Bristol (Theolaur group) as Technical Manager in 1997, where he spent 10 years gaining invaluable hands-on business and customer relations experience.


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