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Uniform Color Company has been coloring automotive parts since 1981. The automotive marketplace requires stringent color control, advanced formulations to meet intense ultra violet exposure requirements as well as color harmony in polyolefins and several engineering resins.  UCC, with its expertise in coloring both interior and exterior parts, has become known as the number one supplier of custom color masterbatch to the North American automotive market.

In the automotive market, a thorough understanding of the OEM’s color pallet, testing requirements and part approval process is imperative in supplying a quality color masterbatch to the converter. UCC is not just a color supplier but a true partner in the supply chain.

Auto interiorColor matched auto tail light

Automotive OEM’s We Supply Include:

  • BMW
  • Chrysler
  • Ford
  • General Motors
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Kia
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Renault
  • Subaru
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen

UCC has automotive approvals in a variety of polymers. These polymers include but are not limited to: ABS, PP, Filled PP, PA, Glass-Filled PA, Cu Stabilized PA, Cu Stabilized Glass-Filled PA, PC/ABS, PA/ABS, SMA, PE, TPO, PP/PMMA, Ionomers, PBT, PC, POM, Polyester type TPE, Styrenic type TPE, Olefinic type TPE, Poyurethane type TPE, PPO, PPE, PMMA. In addition, UCC can formulate at various let down ratios as well as incorporate a number of special effects or functional additives.

Additives

Automobile Interior, Color ConcentrateAdditives can be incorporated into a color masterbatch formulation or provided as a stand alone additive masterbatch. UCC offers a variety of functional additives. Additives commonly found in automotive color masterbatch today include Ultraviolet Inhibitor, Anti-Oxidants, Scratch & Mar, Flow Modifiers, Nucleators, Impact Modifiers, Anti-Static Additives, Valve-Gated Tool Enhancer, Chemical Foaming Agents. Please visit the Additive Offerings page for more information.

Case Study

The Customer
North American Tier 1 Injection Molder

The Program
Major Auto OEM

The Challenge
Identify cost savings for the injection molder by converting the colorant from precolored compounded resin to masterbatch colorant and natural resin, blended at the injection molding machine.

The Colors
Ebony, Light Cashmere, Light Gray, Cocoa

The Parts
IP Knee Bolster, Console Undercarriage, IP Glove Box Door Outer, Door Map Pocket, Door Trim Lower, Console Class A, IP Trim Panel Glove Box, Door Switch Plate, IP Side Panel

The Polymer/Specification
ABS

The Volume
894,000 lbs.

The Investment
$187,000 (Feeder/blenders and injection molding machine upgrades)

The Results
UCC successfully converted this program from precolored compounded resin to masterbatch and natural resin, blended at the injection molding machine. By doing so, the injection molder was able to store its natural resin in resin silos located on the exterior of the building (instead of storing 2000 lb. gaylord boxes of precolored compound in the warehouse). The molder has since added additional injection molding machines to the space that once housed precolored compound inventory.

The cost difference between precolored compound and masterbatch/natural resin resulted in an annual savings of $1,164,000. The molder received a return on its investment within two months of startup.