AkzoNobel – Colour 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.
With automotive OEMs leaning towards larger wheels for certain models and a more ‘open’ design, brake calipers have become style accessories in their own right. Accent colours 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 brands.
Manufacturers of EVs – which require larger and more heavy-duty brake calipers and associated components to accommodate the vehicle’s increased power – are also turning this to their advantage, making the calipers a feature of their design. This is especially true of the higher-end models, where the colours, finishes and styles of the brake calipers are chosen to be in harmony with the overall design of the car, and offer a seamless connection with the brand.
Colours within the Interpon A1243 powder coatings range are driven by and matched to the designs and style demanded by automotive OEMs. Bespoke colours can also be made to order to complement body colours 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 offers resistance to chips and general wear and tear, as well as specific protection against UV light that stems from the wheels’ size and design.
Gustavo Carvalho, Automotive Global Segment Director of AkzoNobel Powder Coatings says 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 colour 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.” Gustavo Carvalho, AkzoNobel.
For more information about Interpon powder coatings for Automotive, visit https://automotive.
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