Surface functionalization for automobiles represents one of the key opportunity segments in the metal finishing market globally. As corrosion and wear reduce the lifespan of metals used in auto bodies, proper surface preparation and functionalization is a must do step to improve the life of metals and also to improve the top coat bonding and aesthetic properties of automobiles. As increasing legislation on vehicle lightweighting is encouraging the introduction of aluminum, carbon fiber composites, and other lightweight materials as main automotive body parts in everyday vehicles; industry is also looking into innovative surface preparation techniques to incorporate such new materials more during “body in white."
The High-Tech Materials TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on various materials across industries. Some material technologies include lightweight materials, bio–based materials, ceramics, smart materials, fibers, nanomaterials, responsive materials, polymers, woven and non woven materials, polymers and plastics and packaging materials.
The Materials and Coatings cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries.
Keywords: Automobile surface preparation, collision repair, automobile OEM, aluminum repair, lightweight vehicle, phosphating, electroplating, blasting, dustless blasting, laser-surface preparation