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Lafer is promoting its wide range of automotive application coatings and surface treatments at Engine Expo 2016.

DLC Lafer is a carbon-based coating, which offers very low application temperature, a friction coefficient amongst the lowest of existing coatings, as well as an elevated H/E ratio and excellent resistance to wear and fatigue. Due to its extremely low friction coefficient it finds use in the most demanding applications in the racing and aeronautics sectors. According to Lafer this coating has ‘excellent’ anti-adherent properties, with Lafer continuing to state that ‘for this reason it is in fact often used as an optimal substitute for PTFE (Teflon) boasting more advantages: non-toxicity, the same friction coefficient, increased hardness, excellent adhesion’.

In order to achieve this effect, sometimes it is not enough to just limit the friction coefficient, but the incompatibility between the coating chemicals and those of the product being molded is necessary. DLC Lafer is available in specific applications for  ABS, Polyethylene, PC and PET molded surfaces.

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards.

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