The automotive industry depends heavily on surface treatment processes to assist in the vehicle build, safety requirements, and function of components within each vehicle. As a metals group, and in collaboration with our sister group company, Gulf Extrusions, we house various surface treatment processes to satisfy customer requirements as needed. Typical surface treatment processes include: anodising (various colours but predominantly silver or black is used for the automotive trade), powder coating and chrome-free chemical conversion coating (pre-treatment for E-coating).
Our Surface Treatment
Where necessary, aluminium extrusion products can be protected via an electrochemical technique known as “anodising”. This process converts the outer layer of the aluminium component (the surface) to aluminium oxide to passivate the surface; thus adding a protective film to create a corrosion-resistant and harder-wearing surface. During the process of anodising, the colour can be left natural (silver) or a colouring dye can be added during the anodising procedure (such as black). Alternatives to anodising include conversion coating (completed in-house) and later E-coating (electrical immersive painting) which, like anodising is good for vehicle bonding technology. And finally, powder coating protection from free-flowing dry powder paint can be applied electrostatically with varying colour options.
Explore Our Services
Our experienced cross-functional teams provide detailed technical guidance to customer extrusion profile designers to help make each project a success.
From customer design to tangible fabricated and finished components, we are here to make your automotive concepts a reality using various state-of-the-art production equipment and methods.
Design for Manufacture (DFM)
Essential to any project success is careful planning and customer design reviews. Our team provide guidance from the start of a project to ensure feasibility is met.
Covering prototyping to serial production, our in-house capability to create necessary tooling combined with our matured & reputable toolmaker network is a core part of our service delivery.
Our in-group spectrum of surface treatment options provides our customers with peace of mind as a “one-stop-shop” for a fully finished component, ready for assembly into vehicles around the world.
An often overlooked aspect of any project is the packaging and logistics of finished products. Our team are experienced in developing suitable packaging concepts in collaboration with our packaging supplier experts, to ensure safe transit of components around the globe.