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Engine component manufacturer Bosch has granted Ionbond preferred supplier status for its reliable supply of automotive coating services. “Some processes are strategically important for our own performance, and component coating is one of those processes,” explains Tilmann Röhrborn, vice president purchasing at Bosch. “The preferred supplier status is only given to a few companies that add significant value to our engine solutions and Ionbond definitely fits that bill.”

 

Ionbond and Bosch have enjoyed a lengthy relationship. Thanks to increasingly strict European emissions standards, OEMs and suppliers are constantly seeking means with which to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. Tribological coatings from Ionbond, such as Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coatings, reduce friction and wear inside car engines and contribute significantly to this goal.

Bosch and Ionbond also collaborate when it comes to research and development. “We have our own strong R&D department,” explains Röhrborn, “but we appreciate very much that Ionbond is willing to share its extensive knowhow in the field of functional coatings with us in order to achieve the best co-engineering.” Ionbond’s manager of the automotive segment, André Hieke, agrees. "We value that our cooperation with Bosch is very solution-oriented; always looking for quality improvements. Therefore this cooperation brings out the best in both of us.”

“Our advantage is our global footprint,” Gerrit-Jan van der Kolk, Ionbond’s CTO, continues. “For our automotive customers we are able to deliver reproducible coatings on all continents, whether it is Asia, Europe or America. And of course the quality needs to be consistent and measurable, in line with the automotive TS16949 standard.” According to this standard, coatings must comply with many regulations concerning the uniformity of the coating, reliable delivery and very low reject levels. “Thanks to our scale of operations we can automate certain procedures to comply with the strict standards,” van der Kolk continues. “We are very proud that our efforts in this field have been recognized and awarded by Bosch.”

22 October 2014


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