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13th March 2019, Paris

OAS and Polkima sign supply agreement

The incorporation of Onto into the production process will remove the requirement for sanding prior to painting. © Oxford Advanced Surfaces

The incorporation of Onto into the production process will remove the requirement for sanding prior to painting. © Oxford Advanced Surfaces

Oxford Advanced Surfaces (OAS), a leading innovative expert in surface treatment, and Polkima have announced a supply agreement for OAS’s Onto product at JEC World, which takes place in Paris this week. The use of Onto in Polkima’s production process is expected to reduce surface preparation time by 90%, speeding up this part of the production process 10-fold, leading to significant cost savings, as well as faster processing and improved quality.

“This Supply Agreement demonstrates a significant step forward in the continued commercialisation of our Onto™ surface treatment technology into volume manufacturing and transportation. We welcome the opportunity to partner with Polkima and we look forward to developing the relationship further,” commented Jon-Paul Griffiths, Oxford Advanced Surfaces Managing Director.

Turkey’s Polkima is an industry leader in the manufacture of composite components for commercial vehicles and off-highway vehicles OEM’s, and a leading innovator in production methods and processes. Polkima will implement the use of Onto in surface preparation for the painting of composite components initially for commercial vehicles.

The incorporation of Onto into the production process will remove the requirement for sanding prior to painting. Sanding or abrasion as a surface preparation is slow and labour intensive, risks damaging parts (over-sanding produces scrap parts) and dirty (all the dust that is removed needs to be extracted and workers need to wear respiration PPE). Oxford Advanced Surfaces has been supplying Formula 1 teams with its Onto range of specialist adhesion promoters since 2014.

 “Onto will enable us to reduce the labour time required to prepare parts for painting by 90%, with a huge cost saving. This allows a significant productivity improvement in our ability to paint composite parts,” said Anthony Gallia, Polkima Chairman.

The patented technology of Onto has been deployed in demanding applications in automotive, transportation, motorsport, defence and sporting goods, and is specifically designed to exploit the maximum potential of modern materials. It provides a practical approach to surface preparation that reduces processing time, reduces cost, improves adhesion, and is easily repeatable, the manufacturer explains.

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