Seeking Next generation automotive coating technologies
Project Size 250,000 € · Deadline : 2019-12-27
We are working with a leading Tier 1 supplier of material solutions to the global automotive sector, and they are actively searching for step-change solutions and processes to address the rapidly changing marketplace for people transportation (including domestic cars, shared autonomous electric vehicles and municipal vehicles). The growing move to autonomous vehicles and future reliance on electric power offers both opportunities and challenges. Existing solutions use coatings to protect and decorate the vehicle, but the processes employed are costly in terms of time, labour and capital equipment, resulting in a significant cost for the manufacturer. Now OEMs are demanding quicker and more cost-effective solutions for vehicles that utilise a broader range of materials and are designed to be replaced more regularly, in some cases negating the need for decades of service. Whilst the emergence of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) necessitates cost efficiency for providers and therefore from the manufacturers, it also provides a new market for increased functionality of the car - as an informational, entertaining and socially responsible mode of transport.