With every aspect of the car in transition, new technologies and new materials are coming into play. For example, reducing the weight of the vehicle means not just shifting from steel to aluminum, but also using thinner glass substrates for automotive glazing. And with the shift to EVs, the focus is on using energy as efficiently as possible to maximize battery performance. This means not just moving to lighter-weight vehicles, but also finding better ways to control cabin temperature, for example through solar-controlled and low-emission glass and using electrochromic coatings to shade interior spaces for both comfort and privacy.
Last but not least comes the look of the car. Chrome plays a significant role in the aesthetics, but the process of applying it has many drawbacks. Vacuum coating technologies provide a clean and sustainable alternative for metalizing 3D plastic components and trim parts. In comparison to classical electroplating, vacuum coating processes drastically reduce water and energy consumption and fully eliminate harmful chemicals. As for the coatings on the exterior, by producing these on highly efficient bead mills ensures minimal energy is required for maximum effect.
As the car industry transitions from the internal combustion engine to the EV, and as old conventions are questioned and new approaches developed, Bühler’s aim is to support customers with solutions that enable them to drive forward change and to play their part in providing sustainable mobility to people the world over.