Ionbond has opened its new coating service center for automotive components in ChengDu, Sichuan Province, China. This operation - the fourth Ionbond coating center in China - is the second facility on the mainland primarily focused on the automotive market. Ionbond ChengDu will build on the success and experience of the Ionbond Wuxi facility which introduced activities for automotive components to China in 2012. The ChengDu site primarily provides DLC coatings for components in engines and injection systems for passenger cars and light trucks.
“This new facility was built to serve the growing need for low friction coatings on automotive components manufactured in western China. It is equipped with the latest manufacturing and testing equipment and follows best practice processes as they are established in other Ionbond automotive component coating centers in Europe and North America, as well as in its sister facility in Wuxi.” says André Hieke, segment head automotive.
Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coatings allow for a significant reduction of power consuming friction in order to meet the increasingly stringent regulations for emission reductions put in place by the Chinese government.
Ionbond has been in the business for coatings of automotive components in Europe for over 25 years, serving OEM and top tier system suppliers in the industry from its coating centers in Venlo NL and Humpolec CZ. Ionbond was recognized with the “Bosch Global Supplier Award 2015” for its technology leadership and quality of the coatings services. In 2014 Ionbond was added to the list of Bosch preferred suppliers.