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10-29-2008

KraussMaffei: First CCM Production System in Japan

A Japanese automotive supplier is shortly due to begin coating wooden decor strips for high-end car interiors using Clear Coat Molding (CCM). The metering machine, mixing heads, robot, moulds and tooling for the system were all supplied by KraussMaffei, Munich, Germany. This is the first CCM system to go into operation in Japan.

CCM applies a highly uniform, scratchproof, transparent coating to walnut or other wood veneers used as decor elements in luxury class vehicles. A very thin layer of glass-clear PU is flow-molded over the parts in the mould. The big advantage compared with conventional varnishing is that a CCM product takes only one work cycle to complete.

Since its market launch in 2001, CCM has become accepted technology, especially with European automotive component suppliers. The new system in Japan and a number of request for quotations from Asian companies indicate that the process is well on the way to becoming more widely used in Asia too.

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