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As the automotive industry evolves with a focus on lightweighting, increasing utilization of alternative substrates, and expanding the electric vehicle (EV) market, powder coating has kept pace through formulation of new powder types and low temperature curing technologies. But how have these changes impacted the chemistries used in support of the powder coating process?

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Times are changing and new trends emerging, like the trend we’ve observed in how vehicle OEMs need to guarantee that the product they deliver in one country is identical to the product they deliver in another. It’s a trend that has evolved from a ‘nice to have’ and ‘close enough is good enough,’ to one where only precise replication and consistency will do.

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Like many custom coaters, Prime Powder Coating serves just about every market where powder coating is required. But within their diverse customer base, the automotive market has proven to be a constant, even as the market evolves.

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Powder coatings play an integral part of the total coating solutions used in the automotive industry. Their function varies greatly depending on component environment and automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) requirements.

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Keith Dunham, CEO of Mississippi-based LockersMFG, grew up working in his father’s wholesale business, where they received locker components from manufacturers around the world and packed and shipped orders to customers.

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By Mike Maxwell Fluidized bed powder coating has been in use since its inception in the late 1950s. It is not difficult to find many examples of its ...

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The attitude that every step matters is the reason that Key-Link, a manufacturer of aluminum railing, fencing, and accessories, has been powder coating their products in-house for years. They want to control the process from start to finish.

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Over the years I have worked in OEM and job shop environments, from small family run businesses to large multi-national organizations, and a theme regarding how they identify themselves comes to light.

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A growing number of coating systems are being converted from liquid to powder and manufacturers are choosing to bring coating operations in-house for the first time.

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The home page of Kentwood Powder Coat’s website states boldly, “The Most Challenging Projects in Powder Coat” with expertise in challenging substrates, ultra tight tolerances, and large, heavy, awkward parts.

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