Dr. Michael Koerner, Research Fellow for Axalta Coatings Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, won the SURCAR Technology Achievement Award in recognition for his presentation titled: “Exterior Colourcoats for Digital Printing”. The presentation explained research combining coating technology with digital paint application. The Award was received at SURCAR’s inaugural North America conference in Detroit, Michigan.
As the demand for multi-toned and customised vehicles increases, automotive OEMs continue to show interest in digital printing for exterior colourcoat applications. Dr. Koerner and his colleagues at Axalta are working on applications that could provide the automotive coatings industry with the ability to print various coatings and colours directly onto a vehicle body, which would increase OEMs’ accuracy, styling capabilities and effectively help to eliminate the waste that happens with current atomised spray application techniques.
“Digital printing technology has the potential to impact multiple facets of the automotive industry from reducing OEMs’ energy and material consumption to precision paint application for the autonomous vehicle market to customer-driven customization during the car buying process,” said Dr. Koerner. “We have made good progress in understanding how to control jetting for precise drop targeting, however, paint is not ink and vehicles are not made of paper, so the coordinated development of advances in both new paint formulations and applicator design are essential to making this technology a reality.”
Axalta first highlighted key learnings from the print industry that may be applicable for the automotive industry at the annual Future of Coatings Under Study (FOCUS) conference earlier this year.
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