Thermal spray technology is being widely used in the automotive industry. Some applications in transmission and engine parts have already been developed to the large volume production stage, where cost efficiency, productivity and quality are the main driving factors. Also developed, are small volume applications for the high performance car market, such as: Formula 1, Le Mans, Touring and Nascar – where thermal spray coatings are providing specialised functions, ie. controlled coefficient of friction, lubrication, clearance control, electrical insulation or prolong component longevity by preventing wear, scuffing, corrosion.

Main applications of thermal spray coatings in Automotive industry include:

  • Synchronising rings
  • Shift forks
  • Piston rings
  • Engine blocks
  • Cylinder liners
  • Turbochargers
  • Oxygen sensors
  • Alternator covers
  • Con rods

Thermal spray technologies used in Automotive Industry: