According to market research firm technavio, the global wood furniture coating market is expected to grow by USD 1.96 billion from 2019 to 2023. Asia Pacific is the fastest growing region with the largest market share of 60%. At present, polyurethane, nitrocellulose, acrylic acid and polyester are the main coatings for wood furniture, which are used to prepare solvent, water-based, powder and UV coatings. About two-thirds of wood furniture coatings in the world are solvent based, and one-third are water-based, powder and UV based.
The trend of wood furniture to solventless paint system
In order to meet more stringent environmental regulations, wood furniture manufacturers have to adopt more environmentally friendly products and technologies, but also find more efficient production methods. Therefore, there is a need to change from traditional solvent-based coating system to solvent-free coating system.
Although solventless paint systems currently account for a small share of wood furniture paint market, water-based paint systems, especially in the Asia Pacific region, are developing rapidly. For example, many paint manufacturers in China are increasingly turning to water-based technology, which is a good example. In fact, in the automatic production environment involving more panel furniture, 100% UV and water-based UV technology has been more and more popular with its excellent durability and rapid production efficiency. In addition, in the coating industry, "oil to water" also leads to a weak and strong market ecology.
In recent years, wood furniture coating technology is more toward the development of resin with high performance and containing plant-based components, and then prepare low VOC, high-performance and multi-functional coatings. As renewable materials begin to replace fossil components in coatings, the environmental protection value and sustainability of coatings will be improved.
UV coating technology becomes the mainstream of wood furniture
Generally speaking, traditional painting in wood furniture manufacturing is considered to be low production efficiency, poor construction environment, unstable quality and so on.
In recent years, with the rapid development of UV technology and the reduction of the total investment cost of related equipment, UV coating technology is more economical. Basically, there are three options for wood furniture coating: 100% UV, water-based UV and solvent-based UV reduction. The appearance of UV coating not only makes the construction (coating) more environmentally friendly and the construction environment less harmful to health, but also makes the product stable. In general, the advantages of UV coating mainly include: high solid content, good hardness, high transparency, excellent yellow resistance and long activation period; high production efficiency; low coating cost, which is half of the cost of conventional coating, but also the efficiency of conventional coating Dozens of times.
UV coating can not only meet the high-speed flow production needs of furniture manufacturing enterprises, but also meet the environmental protection regulations of the government. From the current development of coating technology, UV coating will become the main substitute of traditional coating. With the continuous improvement of social awareness of environmental protection, wood furniture coating technology and products are promoted to sustainable and eco-friendly development. At the same time, the emergence of new technology also creates new business opportunities for the future market.
Guangdong Province is one of the largest wood furniture manufacturers in China. Chinacoat, the China International Coatings exhibition, has been held in Guangzhou as an event that Guangdong wood furniture manufacturers must attend.