MOSCOW (MRC) -- Color expertise is at the heart of a new range of Interpon A1243 powder coatings to protect and enhance brake calipers, giving traditional and Electric Vehicle (EV) automotive manufacturers the style, they demand matched with superior levels of mechanical performance for life out on the road, said the company.
With automotive OEMs leaning towards larger wheels for certain models and a more ‘open’ design, brake calipers have become style accessories. Accent colors and finishes, especially bright yellows and reds but also electric blues and greens with metallic pigments and other special effects are particularly on trend, and especially popular for more sporting brand.
Colors within the Interpon A1243 powder coatings range are driven by and matched to the designs and style demanded by automotive OEMs. Bespoke colors can also be made to complement body colors and trim.
In terms of performance, the single coat Interpon A1243 combines superior mechanical properties with excellent protection against corrosion, chemicals (e.g., gasoline, brake fluid etc.), and brake dust, keeping the calipers easier to clean and looking better for longer. The powder coating also resists chips and general wear and tear, and specific protection against UV light that stems from the wheels’ size and design.
Gustavo Carvalho, Automotive Global Segment director said that the innovation behind the new range is significant. “OEMs demand high performance and protection against brake dust and harsh chemicals and oils that brake calipers are subjected to. That’s standard.”
“But what they also want is color and style, and that’s where our true innovation and experience counts, working in partnership with the OEMs and going the extra mile with coatings that combine exceptional appearance with the tough, durable finish for life on the road,” added Carvalho.
We remind, AkzoNobel is to further strengthen its China position after reaching an agreement with Sherwin-Williams to acquire its Chinese Decorative Paints business. Completion, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected in the second half of 2023. The business has an annual revenue of about EUR100 million and employs around 300 people. The transaction includes the Huarun brand, which has a long history and is well recognized in China.