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Soliant Wins '08 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Bumper Program
LANCASTER, S.C., July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Soliant's Fluorex(R) Paintfilm - the proven paintless product - has been selected for the '08 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 2 DR and 4 DR front and rear bumper cover program. Soliant estimates the program will include 50,000 parts per year based on current published industry sales information and projections. "The Jeep Wrangler is the icon of the brand," said Chrysler Group spokesman Markus Mainka, in a June 27, 2007 Detroit News article referencing Wrangler sales being up 85% compared to last year and "Soliant Fluorex(R) Paintfilm is the icon in the paintless finishing market," said John Cupstid, Director of Sales for Soliant. "The Jeep Wrangler is designed to be rugged and Soliant Paintfilm has proven its ruggedness on over 40,000,000 parts in the field over the past 5 years," continues Cupstid. Soliant Fluorex(R) Paintfilm provides a high gloss Class A finish, with outstanding stone and chip resistance, weather resistance, and enhanced impact resistance giving automakers added value on exterior parts and components.
For this application, Soliant's paintfilm is being supplied as a thick sheet laminate for thermoforming. Bright Silver Metallic is the color selected for the Jeep Wrangler Sahara bumper covers. Soliant won the program over other "paintless" products being touted in the marketplace. While Soliant's paintfilm product has been proven in years of use, many of these highly touted "new products" have failed to measure up to the requirements in the industry. Soliant's paintfilm product is currently used on many programs at essentially all of the major OEM suppliers.
Soliant can match any color, including metallics and pearlescents, and has matched 1,400 different colors and finishes, including "chameleon colors" that appear to change from different light and angles.
Paintfilm Versatility Drives Cost Savings
In addition to offering greater durability, Soliant Fluorex(R) paintfilm is also driving major manufacturing cost savings. Soliant's paintfilms eliminate the expensive painting step and are not limited to specific resins or processes. Soliant's paintfilms can be used with extrusion, thermoforming, injection molding and compression molding enabling multiple parts to be processed with one film. The versatility of Soliant Fluorex(R) paintfilm also gives automakers the ability to achieve multiple looks and decorating options with the same tool and process. The biggest cost save results in new plants as there is no need to install or maintain a painting facility which can be millions of dollars. Further cost saves result as there are also no environmental compliance issues.
Paintfilm Wins Environmental Award
Soliant Fluorex(R) paintfilm is an environmentally sustainable technology. Paintfilms are thermoplastic and are recyclable, so any scrap can be reground into the resin stream. Soliant won the Environmental Award in the "Emerging Technologies" category at SPE-GPEC 2006 (Society of Plastics Engineers - Global Plastics Environmental Conference), for their paintfilm process. Soliant demonstrated a 98% reduction in VOC emissions based on an analysis of the production and use of their product compared to traditional vehicle painting. Soliant met all GPEC Award Criteria including leadership in plastics and the environment, generating significant economic value, and creating new markets (paint alternatives) that will benefit the environment and the quality of life. The environment and consumers benefit as use of Soliant Fluorex(R) paintfilm encourages the use of lighter weight materials on automotive vehicles which results in better fuel economy.
Soliant LLC is headquartered in Lancaster, South Carolina with sales offices in Detroit and The Netherlands. The company has an R & D facility in Lancaster that is developing products to meet growing market demands and to support customers. The Fluorex(R) paintfilms and coatings are well known in the industry and have been in use for over 20 years. They are used in the automotive, heavy truck, appliance, recreational, consumer electronics, marine, architectural and signage industry on a variety of parts and components.
Source: Soliant LLC