PolyOne recently collaborated with a global automotive OEM and its injection moulder to eliminate paint from a new vehicle’s interior. To support the transition to moulded-in-colour (MIC) parts, PolyOne provided metallic-effect Smartbatch FX masterbatch colourants for two PC/ABS side panels on the centre console of a compact SUV now entering commercial production.
Paint adds a great surface finish to automobile parts, but painting always adds cost, time, and additional logistics requirements. By using Smartbatch FX metallic masterbatches, the moulder was able to produce parts ready for assembly with no secondary processing required. Suitable for standard injection moulding machinery, Smartbatch FX reduces the cost per part by 30 % or more compared to painted parts. Lowered energy requirements vs. painting and the reduction of VOCs also make this masterbatch a more environmentally sustainable solution.
Transitioning from paint to the use of MIC with Smartbatch FX helps manufacturers in the automotive, appliance, consumer goods and other industries create attractive, durable parts at reduced cost. PolyOne’s metallic-effect masterbatches can be incorporated into pre-coloured compounds or dosed at a moulding machine.
To provide customers with additional information on making the switch from paint to molded-in-color parts, PolyOne has created an eBook titled, “Trend Report: Efficient Manufacturing And Molded-In Color.” It can be downloaded here: https://bit.ly/2yyOJCf