Latest Advances in Projection Equipment

In the world of projection, staying up-to-date with the latest advances in projection equipment is crucial for providing effective solutions to our customers. Yesterday, we had the privilege of hosting Diego Fernández from Sagola at our facilities, who provided us with a valuable update on a wide range of projection equipment, including technologies such as airless, air-assisted airless, and aerographic, available in the current market.

During the session, Diego shared not only the technical specifications of these equipment but also the best practices in their handling. Additionally, we had the opportunity to exchange experiences, which strengthened our ability to offer personalized and effective solutions to our customers in the future. At IrurenaGroup, we take pride in staying at the forefront of technology and innovation. Our constant commitment to service excellence drives us to meet the needs of our customers in the best possible way.

team of technicians from IrurenaGroup and Sagola


We express our deepest gratitude to Sagola for their generosity in sharing their invaluable knowledge with us and for their constant commitment to closely collaborate. We greatly value the opportunity to work closely with Sagola to explore and advance in the exciting field of varnishes and paints, with the information provided on the latest advances in projection equipment. Together, we are charting a path towards an even more inspiring, sustainable, and efficient future, where innovation and excellence are the fundamental pillars guiding us forward. We feel honored to be part of this collaboration that not only drives our growth and development but also contributes to the progress and evolution of the entire industry.

Stay tuned for our upcoming updates, where we will continue to share relevant information on technological advancements in this industry. Our aim is to be your reliable source of knowledge and to be at the forefront of the developments shaping the future. Don’t disconnect, because there is much more to come!



AEGIS PROJECT. The Basque industry synchronizes to create safe and healthy public spaces

The AEGIS project aims to develop safe and healthy public spaces comprehensively through research and integration into three interrelated axes of key enabling technologies. These technologies address issues related to well-being and health inside buildings in a holistic manner, tackling all aspects that ensure health and well-being in public spaces.

To achieve this goal, it is necessary to converge technologies and knowledge related to surfaces and materials, disinfection and purification systems, automatic systems, IoT, vision systems, Artificial Intelligence, energy efficiency criteria, and data management and servitization.

Thus, the AEGIS project proposes actions in three enabling technological axes that come together to create these secure spaces:

– Hygienic surfaces.

– Advanced purification and disinfection.

– Smart infrastructures.

The enabling technologies addressed in AEGIS are structured around the performance of buildings regarding the health and well-being of users. They are integrated from the manufacturing perspective for building and interior elements (HABIC cluster) and the technologies and services associated with the Knowledge and Applied Technology Industries (ICTA – GAIA cluster).

To achieve the stated objectives, AEGIS proposes a framework for collaborative industrial research, in a very balanced business consortium that synergistically and complementarily covers all the needs to be addressed and integrated.

Thus, AEGIS is led by ORONA (a leading company in interior mobility systems), with the participation of the following companies:

  • IRURENA GROUP (coatings)
  • GRUPO GÁMIZ (manufacturer of wood products)


  • AIRLAN INDUSTRIAL (air conditioning and HVAC)
  • GRUPO GOIZPER (spray disinfection systems)
  • ERREKA (automatic doors)
  • INGETEK (building technical management systems)
  • DINYCON (systems and control engineering)

From these structural axes, the AEGIS project generates synergies between different sectors associated with the Basque industry and aims to strategically position Basque companies in the training of enabling technologies. This is to achieve advanced products and services with a significant impact on the market, placing the Basque business fabric at the forefront of Europe.

Given that the objectives and strategies to be deployed in the project pivot on the RIS3 priorities and the pillars and global challenges at the European level, both from the perspective of health and well-being and the use of key enabling technologies for industry, services and society.


“Action co-financed by the Basque Government and the EU through the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 (ERDF).”

TRANSFIR PROJECT. Seeking the Best Aqueous Fire Protection

The purpose of the Transfir project is to develop a transparent water-based varnish for lignocellulosic materials (wood and derivatives) used in construction elements that meets the most demanding requirements for fire behavior set by current legislation, while also providing optimal properties for the end use.

With this project, the aim is to develop a water-based fire protection system that allows achieving the Euroclass B-s1,d0 level when applied to an untreated wood substrate.

To achieve this goal, intumescent fire-resistant coatings are intended to be developed, as intumescence generates a carbonaceous layer that acts as insulation, preventing substrate combustion.

The challenge lies in creating TRANSPARENT coatings that allow the aesthetic quality of the wood to be appreciated. In fact, this objective is increasingly demanded by the market.


“Action co-financed by the Basque Government and the EU through the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 (ERDF).”


PROALSIN Project. High-Speed Curing Primer

The primary objective of the PROALSIN project focuses on developing a versatile primer product for high-speed photopolymerization application lines. The product must address the problem of lack of adhesion in protecting decorative synthetic surfaces, especially in melamine systems.

Currently, synthetic substrates, such as melamine boards, are widely used in furniture manufacturing. Melamine boards are press-finished and are highly cross-linked and smooth, leading to adhesion problems for subsequent layers. Although theoretically these systems should not be varnished, they are coated in industrial lines to provide a higher quality and more commercially appealing appearance.

In these cases, issues of poor adhesion and moderate mechanical properties are evident and, additionally, often occur randomly.

The main challenge of this project is to introduce to the market a photopolymerizable high-speed curing system with a primer that eliminates adhesion issues on plastic surfaces and allows the application of coatings in upper layers, providing the required aesthetic qualities and suitable mechanical properties.


Project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness of the Basque Government.


Project within the HAZITEK program led by IRURENA GROUP in collaboration with TECNALIA.


PROJECT POLISURF. Collaborating in the Development of Metallic-Look, Sustainable, and Environmentally Friendly Products

The main objective of Project POLISURF is the design and development of new polymeric products with surface properties similar to metals through the use of industrializable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly materials and technologies.

To achieve the main objective, Project POLISURF must also reach a series of specific objectives, as detailed below:

  • Application of sustainability and eco-design criteria: To minimize the environmental impact of new developments, the application of sustainability criteria from product conception to the end of its life cycle will be necessary. Starting from these concepts, Project POLISURF will apply this eco-design and sustainable design systematic to all newly designed products.
  • Development of sustainable polymeric formulations: The development of custom sustainable polymeric formulations for each application will allow obtaining suitable substrates on which to apply different surface treatment technologies to obtain new products with a high innovation component.
  • Development and application of surface treatment techniques: The contribution of specific surface properties (aesthetic, functional, and haptic) will be made through the development of environmentally friendly metallic technologies that are competitive for future industrialization processes and, moreover, allow the recovery of plastic and metal for reuse
  • Study of manufacturing technologies for new materials: These technologies will allow new design possibilities, recycling, and material hybridization. The use of conventional technologies such as the injection molding process will be combined with the exploration of more advanced techniques such as Additive Manufacturing. It will be necessary to adapt surface technologies for their application to parts obtained by Additive Manufacturing, a sector that is continuously growing and requires competitive and innovative solutions to develop new surfaces with high aesthetic, functional, and haptic properties.
  • Life cycle analysis, environmental assessment, and cost analysis: The evaluation of the environmental impacts of new polymeric products will establish the degree of improvement compared to previous products and materials, ensuring that new solutions have a lower environmental impact throughout their life cycle. The development of new solutions whose environmental efficiency is demonstrated simultaneously with their development will allow effective environmental communication. Also, the evaluation of the economic aspects of the materials and processes developed will be a key factor both in the industrial viability of the project and to demonstrate that there will be no cost transfer to the later stages of the life cycle (use, maintenance, and end of life).

To successfully achieve the proposed objectives in Project POLISURF, a Consortium of leading companies in their respective business areas has been formed to address the development with sufficient guarantees of success. It is worth noting that the participating companies in the project have the necessary means and technology to address its development with the support of the Basque network of Technological Centers.

The Consortium that will carry out the activities encompassed within the task packages of Project POLISURF is composed of the following companies: INDAUX as the project leader, DHEMEN, IK-INGENIERÍA, IRURENA GROUP, MAIER, ONDARRETA, DAISALUX, ABB NIESSEN, and HABIC as participants.


INTELCOM PROJECT, advanced manufacturing smart streetlights

The purpose of the INTELCOM project is to develop intelligent composite streetlights for 5G telecommunications infrastructure.

Communication needs are increasing in various areas such as mobility (autonomous driving), smart cities (avenues), sports venues (football stadiums, basketball arenas…), university campuses, technology parks, industrial parks, conference centers, trade fairs, airports, etc. In all these infrastructures, tubular structures with mechanical requirements (streetlights, bus shelters, spatial structures of domes and roofs, etc.) can be found, where telecommunications antennas are installed.

However, since they are mostly metallic components, antennas are placed outside the structure, resulting in visual impact and vulnerability to vandalism or adverse weather conditions. Fiberglass-reinforced composites are partially transparent dielectric materials to electromagnetic waves, so the manufacturing of tubular structures would allow the safe integration of 5G antennas inside without exposing them.

The differentiating value of the INTELCOM project lies in the possibility of manufacturing curved tubes through the pultrusion process with UV curing outside the mold and pulled by a robot, allowing a high level of flexibility in production (easy, fast, and reliable machine reconfiguration). Additionally, the new pultrusion machines will be portable, so profiles can be manufactured on-site, avoiding logistical problems inherent in large structures. IRURENA, in collaboration with MONDRAGON UNIBERTSITATEA, has developed this unique technology in the world and has demonstrated its validity for manufacturing components for the automotive industry.

This project aims to demonstrate the validity of the technology in a strategic sector, such as telecommunications infrastructure, so that the new manufacturing process can be consolidated and contribute to strengthening the Basque Country in the field of Advanced Manufacturing.

Irurena Group, an active partner in the ECOBIOFOR European Project

We are part of the ECOBIOFOR Project, a project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7, SME-2013, GA: 605215). It started on September 1, 2014, and is expected to conclude at the end of November 2016.

The main objective of the ECOBIOFOR project is the development of new bio-solvents using renewable resources via innovative biotechnological and chemical processes based on the principles of green chemistry. These bio-solvents aim to replace those of petrochemical origin commonly used in the paint, varnish, and coating industries, promoting more sustainable production and consumption.

The coatings industry requires more environmentally friendly components for the formulation of coatings, inks, adhesives, paints, and varnishes, as solvents are one of the main and basic components in their formulations. The R&D project responds to the sector’s need to introduce more environmentally friendly products into the market.

The development of these “bio-solvents” is a clear example of the potential that biotechnology application offers at an industrial level, providing patentable technical results and economically viable outcomes in the form of new products and technologies. This approach enhances the transition of the European paint, coatings, and solvent industry from a petroleum-based chemistry to a biotechnologically based and more sustainable one.

In this way, ECOBIOFOR boosts the coatings sector and biotechnological companies, facilitating the manufacturing of “bio” products with higher added value. This is achieved through the development of a new generation of paints with a reduced carbon footprint while maintaining their performance and properties.

The consortium includes the following organizations:

  • 5 associations of SME companies, comprising three biotechnology associations and two paint associations, with a total of 1349 members (1009 SMEs).
  • 3 companies, one chemical product manufacturer (Industry), and two paint manufacturers (SMEs).
  • 3 Research and Development centers with previous experience in Green Chemistry, organic and biotechnological synthesis, and paint formulation.

Additionally, as members of an external committee of experts, the consortium collaborates with experts from ABENGOA BIOENERGIA NUEVAS TECNOLOGIAS and IHOBE to provide green raw materials and support and provide recommendations on green policy strategies.

PROJECT CONFORT, enhanced features for high-end vans

The overall objective of the CONFORT Project is the conceptualization and development of new customized features for comfort in the interiors of PREMIUM-LUXURY vehicle platforms with VISION 2021, using advanced materials and surfaces.

From this general objective, a series of specific objectives are derived, broken down into technological, strategic, economic, and environmental aspects:

Technological objectives:

  • Manufacture components for car interiors using different plastic and metal materials with innovative comfort features, using design and virtual reality tools, digitalization, connectivity, and surface treatments.
  • Integrate the products into a car demonstration platform (SCP 4.0), combining the comfort requirements of the PREMIUM-LUXURY car interior demanded by the market with advanced manufacturing technologies, ICT, and adaptable, versatile, non-toxic component-free surfaces that are easy to industrialize.
  • Develop procedures for capturing user perceptions, desires, and needs, and consumer-oriented product development, for application to the definition of the SCP 4.0 platform prototype and its manufacturing.
  • Develop design and virtual reality tools, CAD modeling, and PLM/PDM applied to the development and industrialization of vehicle interiors.
  • Develop modeling and simulation tools for the mechanical, acoustic, and thermal properties of the new car interior components.
  • Incorporate multipanel technology into the SCP 4.0 platform’s interior that allows content sharing, interaction, and personalized experiences.
  • Incorporate intelligent methodology that allows controlled, reproducible processes adapted to the continuous changes in requirements from automotive manufacturers and vehicle users.
  • Develop new formulations for highly mechanically resistant omniphobic coatings and ensure the durability of their finish and resistance.
  • Improve the adhesion of coatings to polymeric substrates through the development of surface pretreatments.
  • Develop surface modification processes on plastic and metal components that are robust, repetitive, and industrializable, offering new aesthetic comfort features.
  • Establish a characterization method for evaluating modified surfaces that allows control of the process and the final product.

The Consortium that will develop the project is composed of the following companies: ALEGRIA ACTIVITY as the project leader and SEGULA, MAIER, IRURENA GROUP, HETTICH, ROTOBASQUE, OPTIMUS 3D, and EKIDE as participants.

AMWOOD PROJECT. A software to achieve the exact colour

The goal of the AMWOOD project is to revolutionize the distribution chain of transparent wood dyes by providing the market – globally – with a system capable of allowing the distributor to formulate ready-to-use transparent dyes at their own location.

Like opaque paint, we aim for the customer to leave with their dye prepared and ready for use on the chosen substrate and for the intended type of application. A compact solution is being developed that makes use of low-cost hardware that can be easily installed by the customer.

The system will calculate which concentrated dyes and in what quantity they should be mixed, and if necessary, it will manage communication with the manufacturer.

Currently, there is no method for the automatic formulation of transparent wood dyes. Developing this method is the greatest scientific-technological challenge of the AMWOOD project. With this new method, the entire process of color capture, formulation of the new dye, and stockpiling of materials needed by a dye distributor is proposed to be improved.

How does Amwood work?

The dye distributor receives an order from a customer who sends in a veneered wood or with a specific color tone and demands a dye that will produce the same result on a veneer or solid wood that may be similar or different from the sent sample. As there is no automatic method for dye formulation, and due to the complexity of the task, the distributor often must refer the problem to the manufacturer of the pigments and solvents that make up the dye. The manufacturer is also informed of the application method, according to which the dye must be deposited once formulated.

The manufacturer, knowledgeable about the properties of each pigment and solvent, estimates a mixture of materials to achieve the desired dye. They must select from their catalog not only the types of pigments and the solvent to be mixed but also the proportion in which each of these substances will go into the mixture. In other words, they must estimate the formula of the dye. The manufacturer sends the mixture to the distributor, and the distributor tests it in their facilities. If not satisfied with the result, the above process is repeated until the manufacturer achieves a satisfactory mixture for the customer. Once the mixture is achieved, the manufacturer produces it in the volume required by the distributor. This iterative process is inefficient, slow, and incurs additional costs for both the manufacturer and the dye distributor.

With AMWOOD, we aim for the dye distributor to have greater autonomy and be able to design the dye mixture themselves or estimate what materials and in what quantity they need to supply. For this, we need a compact and low-cost system, thus discarding expensive and inefficient spectrophotometers for this task. The use of a photo scanner will be studied to digitize wood samples for subsequent processing, and the mixture estimation module will be based on Artificial Intelligence techniques to formulate the optimal mixture. These steps will be included in a computer application that will also calculate the quantity of materials needed for a specific job and manage communication with the manufacturer.

PROJECT AVACO. A distinctive and unique technology worldwide

The AVACO project aims at the automation of the manufacturing of composite frames for small and medium-sized boats (up to 50 m). To achieve this goal, it is essential to provide the shipbuilding industry with new advanced manufacturing processes capable of meeting not only the technical requirements of the components but also the needs of the transportation industry.

In this regard, AVACO is focused on optimizing the pultrusion process with ultraviolet (UV) curing outside the mold, which allows the manufacturing of curved composite profiles with high flexibility and a high degree of automation, addressing two of the most critical issues in the sector:

• Lightening structures through advanced materials, such as composites.

• Automating manufacturing processes through robotics and the use of alternative curing techniques (UV curing).

Regarding the first point, composites remain and will continue to be present on the strategic agendas of industries associated with the transportation sector, such as the naval industry. This is because composites are a key element in reducing environmental impact through structural lightening. In fact, the adoption of composites by the naval industry began in the 1950s and has been increasing ever since. An example of this is that most recreational boats, sailboats, patrol boats, or rescue vessels are manufactured with these materials (lengths of less than 50 meters).

Due to the high number of such vessels in European maritime transport, their environmental impact cannot be underestimated. It is essential to continue adopting solutions that encourage the sector to increase the use of composites in these vessels and even in larger vessels, leading directly to the second point.

Currently, the manufacturing of composite vessels is done in an extremely manual, almost artisanal manner. This involves high production costs due to the requirements of highly skilled labor, low production rates, or low-quality control, among others.

In this regard, if we examine the specific case of manufacturing the frames of a boat’s hull, the latter point becomes even more important, as each of the frames must have a different geometry to adapt to the shape of the hull. This requires the manufacturing of expanded polyurethane preforms, which are machined to the specified size, adhered to the boat’s hull, and then manually laminated.


This technique results in the over-sizing of the frames due to the low quality control during lamination, as well as the use of materials like expanded polyurethane that does not provide any benefit during the vessel’s lifespan. In fact, it can rot in service due to water infiltration.


Therefore, the introduction of manufacturing processes in the naval industry that allow the economically viable use of composites is crucial for the modernization of Basque and European shipyards. As mentioned at the beginning of this section, the UV pultrusion process allows the production of curved structural profiles with a high level of automation and production rate.

Achieving the goals of the AVACO project constitutes a notable technological challenge but also involves research and the generation of new knowledge in fields as important as advanced manufacturing, materials engineering, or robotics. Additionally, the implementation of UV pultrusion technology in the naval industry will signify a paradigm shift in the sector.

The reduction in manufacturing costs will lower the final cost for the customer, thus leading shipyards to increase their annual production of composite vessels. Consequently, this provides the Basque industrial sector with a differentiating technology that will be unique in the world.


“Action co-financed by the Basque Government and the EU through the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 (ERDF).”

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