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Turnkey colour solution conquer the automotive industry

CPS Color : 28 August, 2006  (New Product)
Automotive manufacturers are interested in ways to offer a wider range of colour schemes for their cars. Plastics (including artificial leather) and leather contribute a large share of the interior elements that could have varying colours. Unfortunately, the current manufacturing practices in the plastics and leather industries were designed for large colour batches.
The revolutionary turnkey colour solutions developed by CPS COLOR are the first tool that allows plastics and leather manufacturers to break the colour barrier and provide small colour batches in a cost-effective way.

The traditional colouring processes in the plastics and leather industries are labor-intensive and hard to manage. The colour must be adjusted for every batch by testing a pigment mix, adjusting it, and testing again until it is released for production. The CPS COLOR turnkey colour solutions for the plastics and leather industries (Auricolor and Maestro, respectively) are different. They are based on standardised colourants and controlled dispensing, much like the technology used by paint retailers to produce customer-specific paints. Auricolor and Maestro produce exactly the desired colour in one step by using colourants that are fully controlled for colour and colour strength. The process takes minutes rather than hours and yields completely reproducible results.

Controlled processes, predictable high-quality results
With the traditional 'trial and error' colouring processes, suppliers of leather and artificial leather are never sure how long it will take to create a usable pigment mix. This forces them to keep a high level of intermediate stocks for rapid delivery. The unpredictability also makes it hard to achieve a full utilisation of their coating lines. And for leather finishers the variance in pigment mixes may make it necessary to coat a hide two or three times before the shade is within specifications, while every additional treatment affects the leather's characteristics.

The fully controlled and predictable processes of the turnkey colour solutions by CPS COLOR eliminate the need for intermediate stocks, thus freeing invested capital, and make it easier to manage the coating line to full utilisation. And because every hide is coated correctly the first time, the natural look and feel of the leather, valued so much by car buyers, is protected as much as possible.

Environmental benefits
In designing its systems for the leather and plastics industries CPS COLOR applied its extensive technological knowledge to realize a minimal impact on the environment. The colourant system for leather, Maestro, is completely waterbased and contains no volatile organic components, alkyl phenol ethoxylate or glycol, so that it does not release any volatile components into the car interior.

In the system for plastics, Auricolor, the standardised colourants are based on a commonly used phtalate-holding plasticiser. Anticipating future environmental restrictions CPS COLOR also developed a phtalate-free alternative.

Turnkey colour solutions : the competitive edge
Turnkey colour solutions give automotive leather producers and plastics processors complete control of the tinting process. This directly translates into increased efficiency, more stable product characteristics, and a reduction of resources used and waste produced. In view of the importance of colour for consumers, turnkey colour solutions create a powerful competitive advantage for car manufacturers and their suppliers.
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