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Du Pont licenses automotive coatings technology to German company
Article Type: Industrial news From: Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Volume 55, Issue 3.
Bollig & Kemper, a German manufacturer of coatings for the European auto industry, has signed a license agreement for Du Pont EcoConcept, a patented coatings technology that enables auto manufacturers to realize substantial reductions in energy use, environmental emissions and capital costs.
Under the license agreement, the cologne-based paint maker will manufacture and sell water-based basecoats for use in the EcoConcept process at automotive manufacturing plants in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.
EcoConcept eliminates one complete coating layer, the primer surfacer, and combines it into a single environmentally compliant water-based basecoat. As a result, a spray booth and curing oven are eliminated from the auto production line.
The technology reduces energy consumption and solvent emissions related to the painting process by approximately 25 percent. Carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by 45-50km per vehicle built. The combination of two coats into one reduces production time and saves on the cost of equipment needed for the conventional three-coat process.
For more details, please visit: www.dupont.com