Secures biggest ever single contract
Prestige automotive manufacturer commits to £1m deal for exhaust tail pipe coating from Zircotec.
Heat management specialist Zircotec has secured its biggest ever single contract, to supply an
ultra-durable ceramic performance coatings for the exhaust tail pipes of a premium European supercar. The £1m contract is for Zircotec’s Ultimate Range™. The coating has been specified to protect nearby carbon fibre components from heat whilst providing a long lasting cosmetic finish that has been developed to suit vehicle styling requirements.
“Our Ultimate Range was developed to provide the maximum resistance to corrosion, stone chips and general wear and tear. It will continue to look good year after year, protecting surrounding panels and paintwork from high temperatures,” explained Zircotec Group Sales Director Graeme Barette. “Maintaining the long-term appearance of the tail pipe without the usual deterioration has a disproportionate effect on a car’s cosmetics, helping to prolong the showroom fresh look and distinguishing a premium vehicle from a more mainstream product.”
The components will be shipped from the specialist exhaust manufacturer to Zircotec’s technical facility in Oxfordshire, UK, where the patented ceramic based performance coating is applied. The parts are quality checked to the customer’s standards and shipped directly to the vehicle manufacturer for installation.
Because Zircotec’s performance coatings are plasma-sprayed, using a proprietary process originally developed for the nuclear industry, they are more strongly adherent than any painted finish. The coating is in effect “welded” in place, providing an effective thermal barrier as well as a cosmetically durable surface. Zircotec’s Ultimate Range performance coating is available in a range of colours and surface textures. To ensure consistently high quality across a large production run, Zircotec has further evolved its advanced automated manufacturing processes. This has also led to increased efficiency, with shorter lead times, greater productivity and lower unit costs.
“Having seen our successful previous applications on limited volume vehicles, the bigger manufacturers are now recognising the advantages of Zircotec coatings,” said Barette. “The increase in demand, coupled with our expanded capacity to deliver series production quantities, has made our Ultimate Range one of the fastest growing part of our business.”
About Zircotec performance coatings
Zircotec is a specialist heat management company that was formally part of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, based near Oxford. Its expertise in thermal barrier technologies was originally developed for the nuclear industry and many of its scientists and engineers have remained with Zircotec since its nuclear origins.
The company’s products include: plasma-sprayed thermal barrier performance coatings; exhaust system coatings; inlet manifold coatings; heat shield materials; wear resistant, anti-corrosion and aesthetic coatings; ceramic coatings and metal coatings for carbon composites and high-temperature plastics; and specialist plasma-sprayed ceramic products. Zircotec increasingly provides consultancy in thermal management to leading motorsport teams, vehicle manufacturers and companies operating in a number of other fields, including the aerospace, marine, and oil and gas industries. It is accredited to ISO9001: 2008 Quality Standard.