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Integrated paint processes

Wednesday, 9 November 2011 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal

When it comes to automotive coating, so-called integrated paint processes (IPP) are on everyone’s lips these days. According to numerous sources, these systems will be the key technology for vehicle finishing.

BMW, for instance, is using IPP for auto body painting at its "Mini” site in Oxford, UK, and its "X” models in Spartanburg, USA.
The benefit of this process: it dispenses with the filler coat application and subsequent drying phase, thus shortening the whole process. The functions of the filler are assumed by the basecoat. An entire coating step can be omitted, leading to a decrease in energy consumption and emissions and eventually to more sustainable and efficient manufacturing.
As its supporters like to add, integrated paint processes offer considerable benefits in terms of time and costs without any loss of quality. Sounds great, doesn’t it? I would be interested what you think about this technology - does it offer only benefits, what challenges have to be overcome, what advances have been made so far?

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Kirsten Wrede
European Coatings Journal
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