LAPEER, MI — Durakon Industries, a provider of thermoformed products and paint film technology for the automotive industry, announced that General Motors will begin high volume application of the company’s thermoformed paint film rocker panel.
Over the past several years, Durakon has focused on developing and introducing exterior automotive parts produced by combining thermoforming with paint film technology. Combining these technologies with substantial investments has resulted in a number of important benefits for OEM’s over traditional injection molded painted parts, according to the company. These advantages include enhanced durability, reduced tooling and piece costs, accelerated time to market and an environmentally friendly atmosphere.
“Our initial efforts and products were directed at niche vehicles or lower volume applications and those earlier results were impressive and lauded by the industry,” said Ed Gniewek, CEO of Durakon. “This decision by GM to expand use of our thermoformed paint film products to its high production Lucerne model reflects the level of design, technology and quality that we have been able to deliver to the industry on a consistent basis.”
It is expected that 250,000 rocker panels will be produced annually for GM and provided in 12 color pallets.
For more information about Durakon, go to: http://www.durakon.com .
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