(CLEVELAND, OH) July 11, 2011 – Sherwin-Williams introduces Sher-Wood® F3 Kemvar® Varnish, the first in a line of F3 Formaldehyde Hazard-Free Finishes for wood industrial finishing applications at booth #1513, AWFS Fair 2011 (July 20-23; Las Vegas, NV). As a drop-in replacement for traditional conversion varnishes, finishers are now able to easily meet the high performance and appearance expectations of customers while addressing consumer interest in reducing indoor air contaminants, like formaldehyde.

“With recent global acquisitions, Sherwin-Williams Product Finishes is now a global leader of industrial wood coatings,” said David Kennedy, Market Director, Kitchen Cabinets of the Sherwin-Williams Product Finishes Division. “As a leader in the finishing industry, we are proud to introduce an formaldehyde hazard free, isocyanate-free finish that eliminates the need to change equipment or processing set-up, or sacrifice the aesthetics of traditional catalyzed coatings.”

With the growing impact of regulations and specification programs that reference stringent limits on formaldehyde emissions, manufacturers increasingly need to be able to provide this type of formaldehyde hazard free, high performance finish option to their consumers. For these finishers, the ability to offer wood products with no post-cure formaldehyde emissions can be a significant differentiator in their marketplace, and open up new opportunities with a wider range of consumers.

Additionally, the evolving financial mind-set means manufacturers and shops are doing more with less. Recognizing this, Sherwin-Williams continues to invest in programs that provide value-added services to our customers. Programs range from ProVisions, which enables manufacturers to order from over 10,000 of the tools and supplies used in the finishing process at the same time they place their coatings order, to the company’s commitment to expert on-site technical support.

For more information, visit http://oem.sherwin.com or stop by booth #1513 during AWFS Fair 2011.

About Sherwin-Williams Product Finishes
The Sherwin-Williams Product Finishes Division provides metal, plastic and wood finishing solutions to global brands and OEMs of: kitchen cabinets, heavy equipment, wind energy, medical equipment, electronic enclosures, metal building products, wood building products, automotive under hold, metal and wood furniture, military equipment and munitions and general finishing. Product Finishes’ manufacturing, technical, facility and distribution networks span six continents. This expansive infrastructure allows Sherwin-Williams to provide our OEM partners with advanced liquid and powder product finishes, extensive on-sight technical resources, design and color expertise, and regional manufacturing support - all on a global scale. For more than 145 years customers have trusted Sherwin-Williams for a better finish. For a Better Finish. Ask Sherwin-Williams.

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