Customers who use architectural powder coatings no longer have to make a choice between applying a product that is either super-durable or flexible; thanks to AkzoNobel, now they can have both.

Interpon Structura Flex is the first powder range on the market to combine the weatherability of super-durable powder coatings with the mechanical performance advantages of standard durable systems.

It's a major development for customers, because prior to this latest innovation, the higher the durability of a coating, the lower the flexibility. So, if a piece of metal was pre-coated and then needed to be bent or formed into shape, a standard durability powder coating would often be used, because they offer higher flexibility (to prevent cracking). Now the days of making that trade-off are over.

"We're proud to deliver another industry first, which meets the needs of our customers," said Jean-Paul Moonen, Segment Manager for Architectural Coatings at AkzoNobel's Powder Coatings business. "Specifiers and architects are increasingly moving towards superior durability, and because we're always looking to innovate, we've developed a pioneering solution which sets a new standard in the market."

Ten Interpon Structura Flex products are available, all in a stylish and on-trend color range. It means window and door manufacturers can now upgrade to super-durable level - without compromising on flexibility - and extend the lifetime and warranty of finished products.

Interpon Structura Flex meets Qualicoat Class 2 weathering requirements and Qualicoat Class 1 mechanical performance requirements, the industry-wide quality label for liquid and powder coatings on aluminum for architectural applications.