annual R&D hours
+ 6 M€
annual R&D investment
At CIN the R&D Centres are organized into 4 areas of key competencies: product study, colour study, product composition analysis as well as product behaviour and weathering study.
These are equipped with dispersers, mills and a pilot plant which allows for the production of paint prototypes up to 150 litres and the scale-up study before factory production.
These have booths for painting and equipment for applying and drying which simulate various types of application.
Testing and trialling laboratories
These are equipped with various specific technologies for testing and identifying the physical characteristics of the paints in a liquid phase and their mechanical and chemical characteristics in a solid state.
The analytical laboratories use high-technology equipment such as gas and liquid chromatographs, infra-red spectrophotometers, differential scanning calorimeters and optical microscopes and rheometers to perform quality control of raw materials, identification and analysis of substances and deformulation of coatings.
The accelerated weathering testing laboratories can simulate exposure to the elements (sun, humidity, rainfall, salts) in an accelerated manner in order to quickly assess the behaviour of coatings. These tests are carried out according to international standards, using specific equipment such as salt spray chambers, humidity and condensation chambers, QUV, UV or climatic chambers.
Complementary to the accelerated weathering testing, natural weathering testing is also carried out. Specimens of various types of material are painted and placed in a specific area for this purpose where they are permanently exposed to sun, rain, etc.