Movie: First Biobased Industrial Coating Demonstrated in the Bright Coatings Project

An important milestone has been achieved: the successful demonstration of bio MPA in industrial coatings. Biorizon spin-off company Relement teamed up with Worlée Chemie and Baril Coatings to successfully demonstrate this game-changing industrial coating: a first of a kind, high performance, waterborne alkyd coating; incorporating Relement's ingredient bio MPA to replace the fossil-based ingredient phthalic anhydride.

After three years of tinkering and testing various formulas, the partners, among whom Biorizon co-initiator TNO, hit a breakthrough with a pilot run of this eco-coating. And as a final check, it was showcased by Straalbedrijf Boxtel on an electric wheelloader made by TOBROCO-GIANT. A successful demonstration that proofs industrial performance coatings can be sustainable. It contains the highest percentage biobased content ever achieved. 

For many years the coating resin industry tried to replace fossil phthalic anhydride. Relement's launching product bio MPA (3-methyl phthalic anhydride) turns out it to be a renewable solution: it not only replaces fossil-based ingredients but on top of that a waterborne coating has been developed to lower emissions and improve the safety profile. Additionally, other benefits were found that can be attributed to the use of bio MPA.

Biorizon spin-off Relement is now ready to scale up the production of bio MPA to ton-scale, which will lead to the commercial introduction of much more sustainable coatings, composite resins, adhesives and more. 


For more information on this project please visit the Bright Coatings project website, contact Biorizon’s Sugar Horizon Manager Paul Könst at or +31 (0) 6 25 04 13 79 or Relement CCO Monique Wekking at or +31(0)6 468 473 58.


This pre-commercial project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the REACT-EU programme.

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