Applied Coating Technologies
Applied Coating Technologies are a Made in the Midlands Silver Member
Founded in year 2000 by Dr. Yasin Zaka, and Christine Hancock, ACT was established with the aim of providing superior levels of quality and service in the application of cosmetic and EMI/RFI shielding coatings to a wide range of industries. Later, robotic spraying lines were introduced and we started supplying the automotive sector with coated parts for interior and exterior trim.
Today, the company operates on two sites, within 1.5 miles from each other. A Business Unit structure has been developed to ensure that all customers receive the price and service levels they expect.
The EMI Shielding and Cosmetic Finishing Business Units are both based at our Park Lane site. Park Lane is a 17k sq.,ft site, conveniently located just off J2 of the M5. The plant includes 9 manual spray booths and one staubli robot for EMI Shielding and 9 fully enclosed manual spray booths for decorative finishing.
The Automotive Business Unit operates from our Tipton Road site. Tipton Road is a 32k sq.ft facility housing three fully robotic spraying lines, currently supplying projects for a number of Tier one and two automotive manufacturers.
ACT is the UK market leader in the application of conductive paints for EMI/RFI shielding. We supply into a wide range of sectors, including defence, medical, aerospace and instrumentation, and have the capability to meet the production demands of low to high volumes projects.
Using paints loaded with either nickel, copper or silver particles, ACT can tailor a solution to meet both performance and price requirements.
Paints can be applied directly to a wide range of engineering plastics and adhesion promoting primers are available for more complex substrates. The coatings are usually required selectively onto internal surfaces of enclosures and high precision electroformed masking jigs are used to ensure accuracy and repeatability.
By applying a surface coating, the colour, feel, wear resistance and perceived value of a product can be enhanced. Increasingly OEMs are recognising these benefits and specifying functional and decorative coatings to differentiate and add value to their products.
ACT’s dedicated business unit can help customers choose the best paint and finish for their requirements. Both solvent and water-based paints are available and can be applied to most engineering polymers. As a result, ACT paints a wide range of plastic parts and components and serves virtually any sector that uses plastic parts and requires a cosmetic
Cosmetic finishing for Automotive Market
ACT can meet the demands of the automotive sector for low and high volume production runs and provides coatings and services to some of Europe’s most recognisable automotive brands, including BMW, JLR, and Volvo.
Whether supplied through our manual finishing for small volumes, or robotics for high volume requirements, we apply the same level of service and support to every production run.
Coatings are applied for interior and exterior trim and range from single-coat finishes to more complex 3-coat gloss finishes. Examples of current parts coated, include:
-Dashboard air vent bezels painted in metallic silver
-Name badges painted in ‘Atlas Chrome’ for exterior trim
-Dashboard and door trim components painted in standard colour ranges
ACT currently operates 3 robotic spraying lines. Each line includes IR or Thermal curing capabilities and has dedicated 2k mixing technology. The latest line was commissioned in 2015 and incorporates the latest ABB robot and de-ionising unit. It has been designed to spray water-based paints to parts up to 1.5m in length.