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Coil Coating Reduces Costs for Transportation Products

CLEVELAND, OHIO – December 17, 2012 -- In today’s competitive environment, reducing costs is often the best path to remaining profitable. The transportation goods industry has been able to drastically reduce production costs by turning to prepainted metal for key parts. Below are some examples of industry cost savings:


1) Automotive manufacturers have discovered that using pre-primed substrates can produce big savings. By moving the priming process out of the plant, some in-process materials are no longer needed. Plus, there are no more wasteful primer oversprays from coating in-house. More importantly, eliminating some spraying operations not only saves product costs, but also reduces the cost of environmental compliance.


2) Motorcycle producers have found that they can stamp out gas tanks without the use of wet oils when they use metal strip that has been pre-treated with dry lubricants. Lubricating off premises saves several steps in the production process, again saving material and environment compliance costs.


3) Prepaint steel is used significantly in truck-trailer bodies. Because even the decorative stripes can be coil applied, this saves labor and produces a highly durable coating that can withstand the demands of constant exposure to the road and weather including dirt and diesel residue.


4) Tractor trailer manufacturers also have found savings by using steel coated with zinc rich weldable primers. The steel arrives at the plant cleaned, free of oil, and ready for further production and post painting, saving an enormous amount of work in-house.


6 Producers of trailer van panels have found that using prepainted steel with polyester and acrylic coatings, which can be silk-screened, perform beautifully on the road for many years.


5) Tractor Trailer manufacturers recently introduced aerodynamic chassis side skirts that are made with prepainted metal. The chassis side skirts pay for themselves with fuel efficiency improvements of 6% over the life of the tractor trailer.


In addition to the transportation product industry, many other industries including appliances, construction materials, furniture, and HVAC equipment have found similar cost savings and quality advantages with prepainted steel and aluminum. Learn more about applications and cost savings possible with prepainted metal at




Leslie Schraff


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