Wednesday, January 15, 2014
WWII rages across Europe. The Sikkens paint factory in Sassenheim, Netherlands comes under fire. It stands between German paratroopers and Dutch defenders. The factory is hit during an air raid and an ensuing fire causes extensive damage. Paint production falls to zero. However, with the end of the war, a hundred-thousand homes had to be repaired, and all required paint but raw materials were hard to come-by. Subsequently, Sikkens created home-use paints with synthetic resins; a portent of the future. Today, Sikkens is one of the largest suppliers of automotive refinish products in the world and is widely used in the U.S.