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Carbon Motors' Patrol Vehicle Will Be First Car with 100% Paintfilm Exterior

August 28, 2008  | 

Carbon Motors Corp. this week announced its plan for the Carbon Motors 'E7' law enforcement vehicle to be the world's first car with a 100-percent paintfilm thermoplastic exterior developed with Fluorex Paintfilm from Soliant, LLC. The homeland security company announced plans to develop a production facility in North America and a concept demonstration vehicle by the end of this year.

The Soliant's Fluorex Paintfilm that will be used in the vehicle's production is on more than 50 million components worldwide, demonstrating durability as well as chip, weather, and chemical resistance.

"Our law enforcement officers deserve the best technologies, and we have to be both fiscally responsible and environmentally conscientious with our manufacturing," said Alan J. Bratt, Executive Vice President and Chief Production Officer of Carbon Motors Corp. "Including Soliant Fluorex Paintfilm technology in our supply base brings added value to our vehicles, streamlines production and enhances environmental sustainability."

Virtually every major automotive original equipment manufacturer uses Soliant Fluorex Paintfilm on exterior components such as fascias, door steps, rocker panels, stone guards, body side moldings, A pillars, roofing strips and window surrounds. This is the first time an entire automotive exterior surface with paintfilm will be produced, primarily because legacy automakers have infrastructure for traditional paint and may be reluctant to change.

The exterior body panels for the Carbon Motors E7 law enforcement vehicle will be produced with combined technology from Soliant, the world leader in paintfilm technology, and BASF, a leading global chemical company. The thermoplastic body panels will include an enhanced UV-cured film technology with added scratch and mar resistance allowing for the coating of a vehicle to be held to a minimal cost with less of an environmental impact.

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