Powder vs. E-coat Costs
Q. We are going to paint our stampings with either e-coat or powder. Which is cheaper? —A.G.
A. It depends. The material cost of applying powder or e-coat, for the same conditions of performance and quality, will depend on many specific factors, including film thickness, weight, square footage and geometry of the parts, annual volumes, and environmental costs. Typically, the larger the part and the greater the environmental costs, the more the cost analysis will favor the powder.
PPG launched the first use of waterborne compact paint technology in a U.S. automotive manufacturing plant at the BMW assembly plant in Spartanburg, S.C. This painting process has turned out to be a 2012 award winner and has opened up a new way for auto manufacturers to go leaner and become more efficient in their operations.
Young professionals are a vital asset to the finishing industry. Products Finishing is recognizing the industry’s top young talent through an annual 40-Under-40 program.
This paper is a peer-reviewed and edited version of a presentation delivered at NASF SUR/FIN 2012 in Las Vegas, Nev., on June 13, 2012.