A new app introduced by AkzoNobel's Powder Coatings business will help architects, designers and specifiers research and create a full coatings specification on a mobile device.

Part of a group of digital tools for customers, AkzoNobel’s new design app simplifies the process of developing a customised technical specification for any coatings application by offering a choice of filters at each stage of the decision process. These filters range from type of construction material, geographical location of project and durability requirements, to liquid and powder coating options, colour choices and finished look, helping reduce the specification process to a few minutes while increasing overall efficiency.

The new app is the latest addition to the rapidly growing selection of innovative digital solutions provided by AkzoNobel across its businesses.

Russell Deane, AkzoNobel's Global Specification Manager for the powder coatings architectural segment, said the app was developed to address the time-consuming process of running through colour cards, and then checking that products met the necessary requirements of durability, toughness and weathering. This manual process has been speeded up with the app, but without any compromises to the level of detail demanded by a specification.

Being an app, it can be used from anywhere in the world, on the road, out in the field, or in the client's office.

Full data sheets, test reports and property characteristics for each paint range and finish are provided. Users can also check real-life examples of projects where their selected products have been used.

In addition to displaying the company's complete range of colours and finishes including metallic, the app also allows users to colour match by simply uploading a picture of the chosen colour. The app instantly searches for the closest matches, which can then be built into a personalised colour card.

Interpon Powder Coatings is part of the AkzoNobel group.