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History

Sikkens - a market leader of firsts for over 225 years

1792

Painter and decorator Wiert Willem Sikkens starts making Sikkens lacquers in the Dutch town of Groningen

1928

Cellulose lacquer Sikkens Nitro Rubbol; an industry revolution

1934

Synthetic lacquer Rubbol® A-Z®

1947

Sikkens sets up the artificial resin company Synthese

1948

Autoflex® one-day car refinishing system

1970

First two-component paint, Autocryl, turned the company into a major global player. Introduction of mixing machines and computerized color retrieval

1980

Integrated computerized mixing systems

1982

Autobase; a solvent borne basecoat designed for metallic paints

1988

Autonova; the first isocyanate free topcoat

1993

Digital color matching tool Automatchic first to market completely transformed the industry

1994

Autowave; a high performance waterborne basecoat system

2003

Autoclear WB; the first generation of a waterborne two-pack polyurethane clearcoat

2007

Autoclear LV Superior; the first generation of high solids, VOC compliant clearcoat

2008

Autoclear UV; revolutionary UV-curing clearcoat technology. Colorbuild Plus; multi-colored primer

2011

Autosurfacer UV, an innovative one-component UV-cured filler

2013

Autowave 2.0 - setting a new standard in waterborne basecoat performance with major advances in binder and pigment technology

2014

Autoclear 2.0; a new high solids clearcoat

2015

Automatchic Vision; a revolutionary digital color matching tool Autoclear UV; 2nd generation UV-curable clearcoat

2016

Introduction of Colorvation - a unique, comprehensive, user-friendly approach covering the latest digital color technology: Automatchic and MIXIT