Unilam touts coating

UK-based Unilam International has unveiled Vectrocolor, a specialised surface coating for buildings by BC Coatings. Unilam showcased the coating solution at the recent Big 5 exhibition, held in Dubai.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  December 13, 2003

UK-based Unilam International has unveiled Vectrocolor, a specialised surface coating for buildings by BC Coatings. Unilam showcased the coating solution at the recent Big 5 exhibition, held in Dubai. By using the Vetrocolour system, glass of any size can be painted in any colour without firing the paint as is commonly done with ceramics. “A system was initially developed to add decorative coatings on bottles; this system has now been modified into the Vectrocolor system,” says Keith Taylor, sales director, Unilam International. “The system can be used to decorate bent, laminated and textured glass and the range of finishes available include opaque, metalics, pearlescent and multi coloured,” he adds. According to Taylor, the Vectrocolor system offers specifiers a range of colour options quickly and effectively and increased the demand for decorative glass in the architectural and building industries. It is applied using a spray gun sytem. BC Coatings is also involved in using existing glass technologies to screen print on glass and tinted/coloured laminated resins. “Our USP is our durability. Our products are also suited for commercial establishments like hotels where they can be used in bathrooms – in wall claddings and worktops, reception areas, external building skins and between floors to conceal service pipes,” explains Taylor. Unilam laminated glass has been tested in accordance with most European standards and the company invests in research and development of both performance and the aesthetic potential of laminated glass. Standards passed by Unilam products include BS 6206 standard, the safety glazing in buildings, BS 5544, security glazing in buildings both high and low level, BS 5051 – bullet resistant glazing, BS 2750 – acoustic performance testing and BS 3900 – ultra vilolet absorption and weathering cycle tests. The Unilam system allows both small companies and large organisations to manufacture laminated glass in-house. Any combination of glass can be laminated with Unilam resin. “Decorative glass has a number of functional and decorative applications. It can be used as splash backs in bathrooms and kitchens, for glass signage and partitions, as directory boards and mirrors etc.,” says Taylor. Some examples of Unilam product applications include the Lowry Centre, Manchester, the Op de Keijp in Holland and the hotel swimming pool in Marine Drive, Bombay, India. Besides Vetrocolour, Unilam also supplies Cooltemper, a brand of flat and curved glass tempering and heat-soaking furnaces and cold-pour laminating systems that can produce laminated glass in any size and thickness without mechanical help. Last week’s Big 5 show was the second time the company had attended. “Dubai is an increasingly important market for our products because of its reputation as the hub in the Middle East,” says Taylor. “This region is still developing and we believe in its growth potential,” he adds.

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