Driving improvements for customers

Driving improvements for customers (photo)

Primers play an essential role in a wide variety of different coating applications, especially when striving for the perfect finish on a multi-layer coating system. This is particularly relevant in the automotive industry, where environmental considerations and cost efficiency are just as important as product quality.

Our Powder Coatings business has long been a major supplier of products used on vehicles produced by many of the world’s biggest auto manufacturers, all of whom have strict specifications and are continually looking to make improvements in all parts of the production process. In an effort to help our customers increase productivity and cut energy use, we developed a new low cure technology to supply the global wheel market.

The new Interpon primer is capable of reducing the curing window dramatically. Up until now, the window for standard systems has been between 170°C (20 minutes) and 200°C (10 minutes). The latest Interpon product reduces this to 15 minutes at 150°C or ten minutes at 170°C, allowing our customers to reduce their oven steeling or increase their line speed to boost productivity.

Already approved by the automotive industry in the EU, the new primer system was developed by our coatings experts in Arnsberg, Germany, where the product is now being manufactured to the highest quality standards to supply the global market.

With no VOCs, less waste and reduced energy usage during application, powder coatings have become an attractive proposition in many of our end-user segments, with the transportation industry beginning to show an increasing interest.