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AkzoNobel's Interpon Becomes first Powder Coatings to be Used on a Passenger Vehicle in Europe

Published on 2011-07-28. Author : SpecialChem

AkzoNobel's Interpon Powder Coatings has become the first ever full body monocoat powder coating to be used on a passenger vehicle in Europe.

Showcased at the Cannes SURCAR 2011 Congress, the CITROËN DS4 is the first ever passenger vehicle in Europe to be exhibited using matt black textured powder coatings on the car body.

CITROËN DS4 is the first ever passenger vehicle in Europe to be exhibited using matt black textured powder coatings on the car body(Copyright PSA 2011)

After initial trials with PSA PEUGEOT CITROËN, the parent company of the CITROËN DS4, a model was produced using Interpon A 5000 and the decision was taken by PSA Peugeot CITROËN to showcase the car and its exciting new coating system in Cannes. "This is a great step forward for powder coatings in the automotive arena and one we are particularly proud of" commented Marie Cécile Dekker, Global Automotive Marketing Manager. "Historically powder coatings have been primarily used on the components of the vehicle, including the wheel and trim areas, providing aesthetic value and the high performance attributes required by the auto industry. We are now able to offer exciting new finishes, like the matt black texture, that are innovative and provide a unique and exciting character change that enhances the design features of the auto body. This type of design concept really is pushing the boundaries and inspiring design teams in the automotive world to think unconventionally."

Powder Coatings as a body coating alternative mark the start of a new era for automotive manufacturers who are keen to reduce both their carbon footprint and their costs without compromising on technical quality or performance. Interpon Automotive coatings are offering the automotive industry a genuinely sustainable alternative to liquid paints. The powder mono coat system reduces the number of process steps and enables a significant reduction in energy consumption.

"This is not the first time powder coatings have been used as automotive topcoats - we have been coating commercial and passenger vehicles for many years and have made steady advances." commented Kevin Hales. "A lot of hard work has gone into refining the product and application techniques, working closely with PSA Peugeot CITROËN to ensure their incredibly high quality demands are met and the coating is suitable for the European passenger vehicle market."

PSA PEUGEOT CITROËN has considerable experience in powder coating, especially for primer, which has been used at the Mulhouse factory since 2003. "This project was very exciting because it's not only a practical response to customer expectations for more and more innovative effects, but also its obtained in the most simple way we can imagine: to apply a monocoat paint directly on e-coat with a fully automatic process" commented Antoine Vieu, PSA Peugeot CITROËN expert for topcoat materials.

PSA Peugeot CITROËN not only wanted a powder coating for this significant new finish, they also required a matching finish for the plastic body panels. Regis Garcia of AkzoNobel Automotive and Aerospace Coatings commented "Our challenge was to provide a high quality aesthetic match not only for colour but also in surface structure. The CITROËN DS4 is evidence that AkzoNobel AAC rose to this challenge".

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is one of the largest global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are a Global Fortune 500 company and are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering.

AboutAkzoNobel Powder Coatings

AkzoNobel Powder Coatings is one of the largest global manufacturer of powder coatings and a world leader in powder coatings technology, manufacturing at over 32 factories around the world. Powder coatings are used on everything from metal furniture and window frames, to radiators, pipes and cars and even wood and plastic. Powder coatings offer an attractive alternative to liquid coatings due to the fact that they are inherently sustainable - they contain no solvents and have application efficiency levels as high as 99 percent.

Source: AkzoNobel

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