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DirectCoating Technology for highly attractive design possibilities for car interiors

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When people buy a car, they want a customized, attractively designed interior that looks the part. Transparent, translucent or opaque components and surfaces in a variety of colors or manifold haptic designs help to achieve this impression.

Task

Enhance the look and feel of vehicle interiors

The coating manufacturer Votteler was looking for a process to create surface designs in multiple colors and textures for new and attractive car interiors.
Challenge

Identify the most productive and efficient way forward

Creating a variety of high-quality decorative car components in the most productive way was what Votteler was particularly looking for, as the automotive industry needs to manufacture components efficiently.
Solution

Outstanding car interior properties with DirectCoating Technology

Our DirectCoating Technology, based on Desmodur® and Desmophen®, allows seemingly contradictory wishes to be fulfilled by coating components in a two-stage process. Initially, the plastic substrate is injected into the first cavity of the mold; then the component is transferred to a second cavity that is slightly larger – by the exact thickness of the coating layer. The solvent-free coating is then injected into this cavity through a reaction injection molding (RIM) mixing head. The result is a polyurethane-coated component that displays outstanding car interior properties but needs very little re-working. “With DirectCoating Technology we can offer completely new interior designs to the automotive industry. The continued development of PURIFLOW Coating Systems enables us to realize a nearly unlimited degree of exciting surface properties, such as exceptional scratch resistance and self-healing effect. Additionally, we can offer PURIFLOW Systems from colorless to tinted up to new metallic accents and from soft leather haptic up to hard metal accents. These are only some of the unique features with which decorative plastic parts can be fast and efficiently finished through DirectCoating Technology – and without any external release agent,” says Manuel Seiz, Business Unit Manager at Votteler

With DirectCoating Technology we can offer completely new interior designs to the automotive industry. The continued development of PURIFLOW Coating Systems enables us to realize a nearly unlimited degree of exciting surface properties, such as exceptional scratch resistance and self-healing effect. Additionally, we can offer PURIFLOW Systems from colorless to tinted up to new metallic accents and from soft leather haptic up to hard metal accents. These are only some of the unique features with which decorative plastic parts can be fast and efficiently finished through DirectCoating Technology – and without any external release agent.

Manuel Seiz

Business Unit Manager, Votteler Lackfabrik GmbH & Co. KG

Why DirectCoating was the right solution for Votteler

  • All-in-one system: Streamlined production improves efficiency.
  • Precision process: Exact technology ensures very little finishing is required.
  • Efficient: Extremely cost- and energy- efficient processing.
  • Design freedom: Allows for a great number of colors and finishes.

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