Excellence in Electrocoating
How one shop’s line improvements cut expenditures by $400,000 per year.
The economic conditions of the past few years have been brutal to the automotive electrocoat industry, especially for captive shops like F&P America.
F&P (Troy, Ohio) is an international automotive systems supplier. Its roots started with parent company F-Tech in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, which was established in 1947 as a manufacturer of metal toys. In 1959, its relationship and initial business with Honda Motor Co. began when it started manufacturing motorcycle parts, eventually entering into automotive manufacturing as a Tier-One supplier for Honda.
To be a global partner with Honda, F-Tech expanded into North America in 1986, building its first plant in Canada. As demand for automotive parts increased, an additional plant in Ohio was needed.
Today, F&P America has approximately 1,000 quality-minded associates working together to serve such clients as Honda, Toyota and General Motors. The company’s line improvements—investments introduced into the system to make electrocoating operations more profitable—have cut expenditures by $400,000 per year.