One of the great success stories in the paint and coating industry was E Wood Ltd. Founded over 100 years ago, based in Northallerton, E Wood built their reputation for inventive coatings on brands such as Copon, Thortex and Thistlebond. Un-known to most people, E Wood played a vital roll in offering wet applied paints and coatings to many sectors, sectors such as the water industry, oil, gas and power industries, as well as road infrastructure, marine and the long term protection of buildings. Copon soon became the industry standard for the protection of trains and other rolling stock on UK and international railways, as well as offering protection to station buildings. The unparalleled range of waterborne and solvent free paint coatings were extensively tested for smoke and spread of flame Network Rail RT98 Accreditation, a requirement that has become of utmost importance for London Underground following the Kings Cross fire disaster.
A number of new build manufacturers such as Alstom, Bombardier and Siemens use Copon products on railway infrastructure such as bridges and gantries as well as trains including the Virgin West Coast Pendolino tilting trains. In this instance there will have been specifications for their under frames, bogies, carriage exteriors, and carriage interiors of new and existing passenger and freight rolling stock. Copon Hycote WB AG is an advanced 2 part solvent free water based polyurethane coating formulated to offer an extremely effective anti graffiti coating for walls. This clear film offers exceptional performance and unrivalled resistance to solvents contained in aerosol paints and marker pens helping the fight against graffiti removal without leaving shadowing or ghosting. Not only used by Network Rail and LUL for the protection of walls and their trains and rolling stock against graffiti but also Copon Hycote provides a dirt resistant surface that is easy to clean, is exceptionally durable, and will not yellow under UV light. Copon Hycote further benefits from providing a cost-effective long working life that dramatically reduces the time and cost in restoring the vehicles after such vandalism and makes a positive contribution to the environment.