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Surface Preparation for Automotive Composite Part Reduced by Over 90% – JEC Announcement

14 March 2019

Surface Preparation for Automotive Composite Part Reduced by Over 90% – JEC Announcement

Oxford Advanced Surfaces (OAS), innovative experts in surface treatment, and Polkima A.S. announced at JEC that they have signed a supply agreement for OAS’s Onto product.

The use of Onto in Polkima’s production process will reduce surface preparation time by 90%, speeding up this part of the production process 10-fold, leading to significant cost savings as well as faster processing and improved quality.

Polkima is an industry leader in Turkey in the manufacture of composite components for commercial vehicles and off-highway vehicles OEM’s, and a leading innovator in production methods and processes. Polkima will implement the use of Onto in surface preparation for the painting of composite components initially for commercial vehicles.

The incorporation of Onto into the production process will remove the requirement for sanding prior to painting. Sanding or abrasion as a surface preparation is slow and labour intensive, risks damaging parts (over-sanding produces scrap parts) and dirty (all the dust that is removed needs to be extracted and workers need to wear respiration PPE).

Jon-Paul Griffiths, Oxford Advanced Surfaces Managing Director said, “This Supply Agreement demonstrates a significant step forward in the continued commercialisation of our Onto surface treatment technology into volume manufacturing and transportation. We welcome the opportunity to partner with Polkima and we look forward to developing the relationship further.”

Anthony Gallia, Polkima Chairman said, “Onto will enable us to reduce the labour time required to prepare parts for painting by 90%, with a huge cost saving. This allows a significant productivity improvement in our ability to paint composite parts.”

The unique patented technology of Onto has already been proven in demanding applications in automotive, transportation, motorsport, defense and sporting goods, and is specifically designed to exploit the maximum potential of modern materials. It provides a practical approach to surface preparation that reduces processing time, reduces cost, improves adhesion, and is easily repeatable.

Onto removes all the current issues with surface preparation with a simple process that works for composites and a wide range of engineering plastics.


Photo provided by Oxford Advanced Surfaces




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