Certification awarded at the 2008 SMM

Germanischer Lloyd awards RELIUS first certification for coating offshore wind turbines

(PresseBox) (Oldenburg, ) Germanischer Lloyd, the world-renowned classification society for the maritime sector, has tested and certified RELIUS coating systems for offshore wind turbines. This makes RELIUS the first company to receive the coveted certification in this area.

As one of Europe's leading producers of industrial coatings and construction paints, with years of experience in maritime corrosion protection, RELIUS offers a complete program for the technically and ecologically sensitive offshore wind turbines, which are often subjected to extreme impacts. The key to effective corrosion protection of offshore objects is high-build, elastic and in turn, highly abrasion-resistant coatings. For a number of years, RELIUS has also established a reputation as a specialist for coating wind turbines and has invested this experience in the development of new products for reliable protection of offshore wind power stations. And that meant that RELIUS was the first manufacturer to present complete systems for the protection of offshore wind turbines at the Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine Technology international trade fair (SMM) in Hamburg.

In collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute, Germanischer Lloyd subjected the products and systems to a long-term test over several years examining their effectiveness, reliability and durability.

As one of the world's leading classification societies, Germanischer Lloyd, which is based in Hamburg, has been offering its technical services in the area of maritime safety for 140 years. Today, tests, certification and appraisals for businesses in the maritime sector and industry are the company's most important business areas, and Germanischer Lloyd is also actively involved in developing national and international standards. The global network is comprised by 4,600 engineers and other experts with 208 offices in 77 countries. This is the first time Germanischer Lloyd has issued a certificate for coating systems, and it underscores their significance for the bearing structures of offshore wind turbines, which are generally built to last at least 20 years.

On September 26, Peter Fischer, head of BASF's Industrial Coatings division and Klaus Buck, head of the application center for protective coatings, accepted the certificate at the RELIUS booth at the SMM trade fair. The document summarizes the technical details and exact information on the certified coating systems, as well as the operating approval.

For more information about RELIUS' special coatings for ship building and offshore wind turbines, please contact:

RELIUS Farbenwerke GmbH

These two words get right to the heart of business competence. Our ability to develop intelligent solutions makes our customers' products better. The companies of the RELIUS Group are part of BASF Coatings, division which has a leading position in the international paints and coatings industry. BASF Coatings develops, produces and markets a high-quality range of innovative automotive OEM coatings, automotive refinishes and industrial coatings as well as decorative paints. RELIUS and SUVINIL stand for strong brands in the paints and coatings sector in the regions of Europe and respectively in South America.

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