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The most advanced “Do-it-Yourself” paint vending machine in the market

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






Project "SCS" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3. (PRIORITY 'Societal challenges)
2. H2020-EU.2.3. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Innovation In SMEs)
3. H2020-EU.2.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies)
 Code Call H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-1
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-05-01   to  2018-09-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    ALFA SRL IT (BOLOGNA) coordinator 50˙000.00


 Project objective

Currently, custom-made paints are produced by paint dispensers according to the base paint production method. A pre-manufactured base paint is selected based on the qualitative and chromophore properties of the desired paint, to which colorants are added to obtain the final product. However, due to the historical problems to manage one of the paint components (TiO2 slurry), its effect on the whiteness of the final paint and the large variety of paint colours and finishes (satin, gloss, matte), this method does not allow to have a universal base paint and leads to a large stock of pre-manufactured base paints (12 different types), which entails an unnecessary increment of transport and waste losses (due to damage or expiration) which impact in both supply chain costs as environment.

Alfa’s innovative solution is the state-of-the-art Self Color System designed to disrupt the current market and transform the whole supply chain of the custom-made paint industry with a fully autonomous money-in-paint-out vending machine. Its development has entailed to overcome several challenges to simplify the chemistry used to a new Master System, with which all the varieties of paints can be produced from just 3 types of premanufactured Master paints instead of the current 12 from the base paint production method. The result is a cutting-edge alternative which perfectly covers the necessities of the whole supply chain by reducing the paint stock up to 40% (which implicates a dramatically diminution of the environmental and economic costs) and the overall production costs by 50%.

With this project, we aim to sell 1.820 Self Color System in the first 5 years (estimated turnover: € 25 million), with a ROI of 3.7 and hiring 135 new employees.

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