Zircotec secures further volume OEM orders for motorcycle-specific exhaust coatings
Aesthetic and durability characteristics see ceramic finish selected over paint for two new special edition European market motorcycles.
Plasma-spray specialist Zircotec has secured a further two key orders for its Endurance Range ceramic coating developed for motorcycles. Applied using Zircotec’s proprietary process, the improved durability and aesthetic attributes have led to two orders of over 2,000 units, highlighting the increases in capacity the firm has achieved in the past 18 months.
“Motorcycle manufacturers have come to Zircotec seeking contemporary exhaust finishes that will last,” adds sales director Peter Whyman. “Enquiries from the sector are up threefold in the past year. Chrome can look dated and quickly tarnishes whilst paint can’t withstand the heat cycling experienced on exhausts. Our ceramic exhaust coating not only passes stringent OEM durability tests but we can offer a range of different colours and textures that complement today’s styling trends. With surface temperature reductions of close to 25 percent and an extremely robust finish, our heat resistant coating has added appeal for motorcycle applications.”
Investment of over £250,000 in the last 18 months has enabled the Oxfordshire firm to expand capacity and handle the higher-volume demanded by OEMs, with batches of 500 parts per week regularly being processed for one motorcycle OEM. “Our flexible process means we can now handle OEM quantities, making it ideal for motorcycle manufacturers looking to offer differentiation, perhaps for a special edition or limited run,” adds Whyman.
The firm now offers four colours with the option of different textures providing something exclusive for OEMs needing a differentiator. “The range is expanding and we are able to create derivatives so OEMs can even have a bespoke finish for themselves.”
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Zircotec www.zircotec.com offers a wide range of plasma-sprayed ceramic and metallic coatings that protect components against the effects of heat, wear, abrasion and corrosion. Lightweight and easily packaged, Zircotec’s technologies can be applied to a broad range of different materials including metals and composites. Proven in F1 and the nuclear industry, the technology is now trusted by car and motorcycle manufacturers, industrial users, car enthusiasts and an increasing range of other applications to effectively manage heat and wear, enhancing performance and reliability. ZircoFlex® offers for the first time, a truly flexible ceramic heat shield material.