Optimization of the qualitative properties of the paint or coating is one of the challenges faced by the automotive industry and its suppliers. On the one hand, this involves improving resistance to corrosion as well as other physical, chemical and mechanical stressing to which the various vehicle components are subjected. On the other hand, emphasis is also placed upon enhanced optics and haptics, which serve the purpose of vehicle individualization.
Rising cost pressures due to global competition and demand for environmentally sound production are making it necessary to lay out the painting process in a more efficient, resource-conserving manner. A further aspect which influences the painting process is the increasing mix of metals used in auto bodies and components — the result of the expanding use of lightweight construction strategies.