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PUR: KraussMaffei sells clear-coat system into Japan

Article-PUR: KraussMaffei sells clear-coat system into Japan

A Japanese automotive supplier will shortly launch the first Clear Coat Molding (CCM) system for two-component polyurethane coating of automotive parts in Japan. Supplier KraussMaffei (Munich; says the system has been adopted by a number of European automotive component suppliers since its launch in 2001, but this technology, which will coat wooden decor strips for high-end car interiors, is the first to begin operation in Japan.

Andrea Dietl, KM’s corporate communications and marketing manager, told MPW that while her company cannot name the Japanese supplier, European adopters of CCM include Novem, Sellner, Merkt, Mono, and others. The technology includes metering machine, mixing heads, robot, molds, and tooling and transmits a thin layer of clear PUR over wood veneers. KM says a key advantage over traditional varnishing is that parts are finished in only one cycle versus multiple coats. In production, a mixing head is mounted on a centrally positioned robot feeding molds maneuvered via a mold carrier. Dietl says KM is pursuing markets outside of automotive for the technology, including electronics.—[email protected]    

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