A bold new investment in metal finishing is underway at Wales’ largest trade powder coating company Euro Quality Coatings Limited.
To compliment their existing powder coating production lines, a strategic decision has been made with the planned installation of an Electrophoretic paint (e-coat) plant.
This new division, which is to be located on the same Wentloog Corporate Park site in Cardiff as the existing powder coating and paint stripping plants, will allow EQC to offer an even greater breadth of finishing processes to those companies seeking high quality aesthetic finishes on a multitude of products.
This investment of approximately £450,000, assisted by the single investment fund through the Welsh Assembly Government, will be the only facility of its kind in South Wales available commercially. First production is planned for Mid November 2010.
The Electrophoretic painting (e-coat) process is widely used in the automotive industry for corrosion protection as it offers the ability to deposit a uniform coating over an entire component including those with bends, cavities or areas which would be hard to coat with a conventional powder coat or wet spray painting process.
This process is also known as Electrocoating, E Coating, Electrophoretic Deposition (EPD), KTL, Cathodic Dip Painting (CDP) and Electrodeposition.
As well as the automotive industry, the e-coat process has applications in many other sectors such as leisure goods, domestic appliances and architectural components.
The e-coat process can be used to produce a basic coating in its own right by giving excellent corrosion protection to components not requiring a more decorative finish. It can also be used in conjunction with a powder coated finish on components that need a higher degree of protection and a more robust and aesthetic finish.