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DuPont CoatingSolutions, American Trim collaborate on innovative coating technology



By Tim Wright



Published January 14, 2008
DuPont CoatingSolutions and American Trim have teamed up to promote an innovative coating technology. American Trim recently took delivery of a physical vapor deposition chamber (PVD) that allows for the processing of a chrome-like finish without the use of hexavalent chrome. The PVD process employs a base powder coating supplied by DuPont, which serves as a protective, functional layer and smoothes out the surface. Therefore, no sanding or buffing is required on rough parts, like castings. The PVD chamber is utilized to deposit the very thin layer of metal. Parts are then coated with a clear acrylic topcoat for protection of the metal layer and added durability.

This technology represents added potential for coatings for numerous industries. The PVD process was primarily designed for decorative finishing in the heavy duty truck and automotive industries, but there is added interest from other markets such as appliances, recreational vehicles, furniture and building products. PVD coating provides a viable alternative to the traditional method of applying chrome and electroplating. In most instances, the
result is a less expensive and better performing, chrome look.

“We are very excited to partner with DuPont, who clearly sees the potential in this market and we look forward to furthering this relationship between us as well as our current and future OEM partners," said John Swigard, director of marketing, American Trim. "This represents another step in our dedication to expand this
technology with development programs and to further the knowledge base on new, larger part capabilities.”


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