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					Analytical Services Network Event
        Warwick University

              Bob Lilley
    Quality & Engineering Director

          Monday 14 March 2011

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                 Paintbox Overview

• Paintbox is a privately owned UK company which was
  established in 1989 by James Sharp (MD and major
  shareholder)
• Initially Paintbox provided specialist bespoke contract
  painting services to the motor sport industry
• The business has grown over the past 20 years
  developing its market from motor sport, through high
  volume teletronics to its position today as a first tier
  automotive supplier of interior and exterior painted
  components, assemblies and modules
• Performance paint application remains at the core of the
  business and is its key USP; however we are exploring
  diversification opportunities

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                         Manufacturing
                          Locations
                                       •Space                          65,000 ft2
                                       •Employees                      174
                                       •Processes
                                               •Robot Painting
                                               •Manual Painting
                                               •Assembly
                                               •Sequencing




•Space          55,000 ft2
•Employees      122
•Processes
   •Manual Painting
   •Assembly
   •Sequencing


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Customers




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                       Painting Capabilities

Paint
• £10M investment in equipment
• Robotic Spraying
• Manual Spraying
• Exterior Finishes
• Interior Finishes
• Specialist Finishes
• Water and Solvent borne
• Small trim to large body panels
• Emission controls
Assembly
• High & Low Volume
• Manual Assembly
• Semi Automated Assembly
• Sequencing
• Error Proofing (POKA YOKE)
• Bar Code Identification

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                        Full Service Supplier



•   Design capability
•   Lean Manufacturing
•   Procurement
•   Engineering                          Laboratory Services:
•   Tooling Management                   • Functional
•   Supplier Technical Assistance            • Environmental
•   Quality Management                       • Overload
                                             • Durability
•   Project Management                       •
                                         • Paint Salt Spray
                                             • X-Rite
                                             • Film Build Analysis
                                             • Adhesion
                                             • Abrasion
                                             • Gloss
                                             • Chemical Resistance
                                             • Hardness

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         Why and What University
           Links are in Place?
• Paintbox is paint applications lead and tends to focus
  on meeting a specific customer programme
  requirement
• Paintbox relies heavily on the paint suppliers for
  innovations in terms of new paint systems
• We have to outsources more detailed chemical
  analysis when investigating system failures
• Thus through forging links with academic institutes
  Paintbox will ‘up its game’ in a number of areas



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                      Diversification Strategy Lead to
                     Support of PhD Research Project

•   Paintbox is collaborating with Warwick University supporting a PhD Student
    working on Organic Photovoltaic development. One of the initial research
    objectives is to investigate conventional spraying of conducting primers
•   Paintbox is building a robot based cell to support the development trials




         Laboratory Set-up                              Development Cell

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                       Opportunities
• Projects/analytical services:
    – Surface topography to support optimisation of e-coat and primer
      polishing to maximise adhesion performance of liquid metal paint
      system
    – Extension of the analysis of current paint systems and processes
      {material selection, potential contamination, cleaning efficiency, process
      robustness}
    – One-off analysis to support root cause investigations
• Other potential projects:
    –   Non-contact real time colour measurement
    –   Integrated IT and RFID projects
    –   Painting (tinted clear-coat) of chromed surfaces
    –   Paint waste recycling
• Potential opportunities being considered:
    – 3 month student placement with defined project
    – Further PhD student support in areas other than Organic solar cells
    – Commercial arrangements for analytical services

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                   Closing Comments

• Paintbox is successful but recognises the need
  to ‘up its game’ with greater focus on technology
• Links with academic institutions are supporting
  our diversification and technology focus
• Our academic links over the past 12 months
  have forced us to look internally at our skill base
   – As an example for the first time we have degree level
     Chemist within the laboratory
• We will forge closer University ties throughout
  2011

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Thank you




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