Carolina Color’s G2 product line reduces overall cost for recreational vehicles’ plastic parts—with lower letdown ratios, higher loadings of additives and lower production costs due to ease of use when compared to other colorant options.
The market for recreational vehicles, such as ATV, jet skis, and motorcycles, etc., has grown dramatically in the past decade. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association
(RVIA), shipments in 2015 are expected to reach approximately 365,000 units. This could be the highest total since 2006—marking six consecutive years of growth. 1
With this kind of growth comes competition. As such, plastic molders for components for these products are always looking for better ways to improve production and at the same time reduce product cost. Yet, they still keep customers pleased with their great esthetics and performance.
Photo Caption: Carolina Color’s G2 and G3 product lines both meet the need to lower letdown ratios, higher loadings of additives and lower production costs due to ease of use when compared to other colorant options for recreational vehicle plastic part manufacturers.
Another challenge for many recreational vehicle manufacturers is meeting the regulations of the Federal Clean Air Act. The act is designed to reduce hazardous air pollutant emissions. The rule regulates surface coating of miscellaneous metal and/or plastic parts. As such, many manufacturers have made the switch to in-mold coloring of plastic parts to avoid the headache associated with meeting the Federal Clean Air Act’s rules.
However, not all methods to in-mold colors have proven to reduce cost. Molders have found that using highly loaded colorant in solid pellet form has been able to reduce cost. The basic science behind new pellet technology is to add smaller quantities of more concentrated colorant to virgin resin to achieve the same end result as opposed to using larger amounts of conventional colorant. There are numerous benefits to doing so, not the least of which is improved physical properties.
In 2008, Carolina Color patented a new product that has revolutionized the colorant industry. The G2 product line loads pigments and additives to levels never considered, let alone achieved in a commercial product. The idea of highly loaded “super concentrate” has circulated in the industry for some time but had fallen short of performance expectations on many levels. Not only has G2 brought new cost-saving possibilities when using concentrated color, the pellets are also exceptionally well dispersed and effectively distribute in both large and small parts.
Key attributes of patented G2 Color include:
- Up to 30 percent cost-to-color reduction
- Highest pigment loaded custom colors in the industry
- Highest UV/custom colors in the industry
- Shipping within 5 to 7 days, with independently audited on-time delivery of 98.3%
- 1-10 percent cycle-time reduction
- Six Sigma/lean production methods
- Reduced environmental impact resulting from a reduction in production energy, packaging materials, and C02 emissions
Carolina Color’s North Carolina and Ohio locations provide customers with full-service production capabilities and complete laboratories for color matching, testing, and analytics. Carolina Color, a 3A1 Dun & Bradstreet-rated company, has one of the strongest balance sheets in the industry. The company’s core strength comes from its ability to innovate as well as maintain strong relationships with the finest suppliers of resins, pigments, dyes and additives.