Raw and packaging materials
Tikkurila sets high quality and safety requirements for the raw materials we use. Requirements are largely laid down by legislation such as REACH, CLP, and various national and international eco-certificates. Regulatory changes require us to continuously monitor the preparation of future legislation and to identify new potential raw materials. On the other hand, Tikkurila’s own goals in product and packaging development demand active development of sustainable solutions. Above all, Sourcing must secure the continuous availability of our raw materials and packaging.
Our paints consist of binders, pigments and fillers, solvents or water, and the so-called additives. When developing a new paint, we choose the raw materials based on their compatibility with the intended surface material. The mixing ratio varies depending on the type of paint. The choice of raw materials plays an important role in the environmental impact, quality, and safety of our products. The most significant impacts on the environment result from the production of raw materials, for instance titanium dioxide and fillers, and the release of solvents during the application of solvent-borne paints.
Tikkurila uses plastic and metal for the primary packaging of its products. Our choice of packaging material is primarily made based on product requirements and legislation. Packaging is subject to strict requirements such as handling, tinting possibilities and durability during transport. We aim to reduce the environmental impact of packaging, for example by using more recycled plastic as a raw material in packaging.
“We are evaluating possibilities of packaging from renewable materials such as bio-composite cartonboard ”, says Mika Uusitalo, Vice President, Sourcing.
The distribution of our raw material is indicated below: