Star Billing: Benoit Tas, Cheif Executive of Sovitec
Sovitec is showcasing at Intertraffic its Star Pilot multi-parameter analyses program and decision tool for horizontal road marking systems.
Star Pilot is said by the company to provide a tool to allow paint manufacturers’ and road marking contractors’ to decide on the best way of completing a commissioned application.
The analyses tool considers factors such as appropriate raw material use, paint thickness, road surface characteristics and percentage of glass beads required. It also includes the results of lab research carried out by Sovitec’s team of specialists, in partnership with customers and external scientific centre experts.
Sovitec says it provides customers’ with an extensive Star Pilot report on all the analyses and tests and interprets the results with them.
“The tool can lead to increased performance and/or lower costs,” says Sovitec chief executive Benoît Tas.
According to Sovitec, one Southern Europe-based paint manufacturer saved 7% in total costs through using Star Pilot. It is also now said to be less dependent on scarce raw materials.
The Star Pilot tool follows on from Sovitec’s Stars and Stripes services program launched in 2010. Incorporating five main dimensions – commercial, technical, laboratory, management and operational – Stars and Stripes is said by Sovitec to have led to a near 10% increase in market share for its elite customer group of paint and road marking manufacturing companies.
Sovitec is also showcasing its Echostar Be Fast product family. The company has teamed up with Dow Chemical Company, who has produced the Fastrack polymer for waterborne paints. Sovitec says Fastrack-inclusive waterborne paint, when coupled with its own range of Echostar glass beads, dries 20-25% quicker than waterborne paint without Fastrack technology and Echostar Be Fast products.
“Echostar Be Fast saves costs over the long-term and can be used by any contractors using waterborne paint,” says Tas.