Switch to water-based paints reduces chemical use /Global/Sustainability/Organic%20SolventPahseout%20LWD%206.jpg Using water-based paints to coat doors and frames drastically reduces the use of chemicals while still providing a durable finish. Challenge ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions Middle East, based in Dubai, is a door and frame manufacturer that has been investigating alternatives to organic solvents-based paints. During the application and drying of these paints, volatile chemicals evaporate. Solution The operations team at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions Middle East decided to redesign its paint shop and focus entirely on water-based paints to become a more sustainable manufacturer. Result Phasing out organic solvents significantly reduces the quantity of hazardous chemicals used. Thanks to advances in paint technology, it is possible to use water-based paints that match or even surpass the performance of solvent paints, providing the same hardness and durability.