Expert powder coating for French arrival treasures

Expert powder coating from Powdertech (Corby) Ltd is now on display in Reims, France where the company has coated over 3000 square metres of panels for a new building for the Archives of Marne, a collection of historical and contemporary records of the region. The Archives are divided between two sites: the main building in Châlons-en-Champagne and the new building in Reims which will house some of the 100,000 boxes of archive records.

Powdertech coated over 1500 panels, ranging in size, the largest being 2.75m by 1.5m and easily accommodated at the company’s plant in Northamptonshire. The overall build schedule and the external cladding pattern formed by the raised profiled sheets required the panels to be coated and delivered in three batches. Powdertech specialises in using high quality architectural powders with excellent colour consistency between batches which was critical. Over 500kg of powder was used – a satin pearlescent RAL 1036 powder, custom made by Akzo.

Secure packaging for shipment to France also required expertise. Richard Besant, Sales Director at Powdertech (Corby) commented

“This was an exacting project on a grand scale. The Council of the Marne is justifiably proud of its archived documents, some of which date back to the 10th Century, and the building we were coating is both functional and prestigious. We were keen to show that a British company can deliver a quality product on schedule despite being miles away, across the Channel. Talking of distances, in linear length the archives are claimed to reach twenty three kilometres – that’s a lot of browsing!”