Soliant LLC in Lancaster, S.C., a maker of paint-replacement films for in-mold decorating, has been winning awards for its “bright film” technology, which looks like chrome, since the film was introduced three years ago. In March, Soliant won an SPE Environmental Award for replacing chrome plating in large truck parts. The patented film is made from a clear fluoropolymer onto which a discontinuous layer of “islands” of indium alloy is deposited by vacuum sputtering. These “islands” allow the chrome finish to stretch during thermoforming. The finished film is 0.003 in. thick and laminated with heat-reactive adhesive onto substrates such as TPO, ABS, PC, PVC, or PC/ABS. TPO is particularly significant because low-surface-energy polyolefins cannot easily be chrome plated. Soliant laminates the film in a Class 10,000 clean room onto substrates up to 0.040 in. thick, which can be preformed and inserted into an injection mold. Customers also produce thicker sheet laminates for thermoforming. Soliant’s film is used commercially in several truck bumpers and grilles, including the Kenworth truck pictured, with Aero Bright bumper thermoformed by Hendrickson Bumper & Trim, Joliet, Ill. It will soon appear on its first car grille. (803) 285-9401 • www.paintfi lm.com
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