Full-service supplier of Advanced paint solutions and associated services

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Paint Application

Paintbox specialises in paint application and related paint solutions.

Our commitment to technical excellence and our ability to meet stringent quality standards set us apart from our competitors.

We offer a range of advanced paint application methods, including proprietary techniques, which are supported by industry-renowned body colour matching capabilities.

Our paint application technologies include:

  • Robotic spraying
  • Manual spraying
  • Exterior
  • Interior
  • Specialist finishes
  • Water-borne
  • Solvent-borne
  • UV technologies
  • We are continually working to develop new paint processes, and are dedicated to employing best-in-class emission controls at our paint facilities.

    Paintbox has just installed new paint capabilities at its Banbury plant based around the latest ‘slide-through’ paint booths that feature an integrated bake oven.

    The new area comprises:

  • A composite preparation area
  • A dedicated ‘post-paint’ polishing area
  • The expanded facility allows Paintbox even greater operational flexibility and to paint bespoke/short-run specialist vehicles and a wider range of components that are not suitable for automated or robotic painting.


    Assembly

    As part of our comprehensive supply and support service, Paintbox can provide a range of expert high- and low-volume assembly services, including:

    • Manual assembly
    • Semi-automated assembly
    • Ultrasonic welding
    • Error proofing (go/no-go systems)
    • Hole punching and machining
    • Barcode tracking

    To expand its assembly capabilities Paintbox has recently installed a six axis ABB robot (pictured) with three interchangeable process stations.

    Capable of processing parts in a painted or unpainted condition, the robot currently punches and machines bumpers and sills. New processes under development include ultrasonic cutting and welding.


    Engineering

    Paintbox is a leading Tier 1 supplier for automotive OEMs and we offer a wide range of high-quality products and engineering capabilities.

    Our products include exterior trim, front and rear fascia systems, body kits, closure systems, grille assemblies, roof systems and structural components.

    Design & Development

    Paintbox works with specialist technical partners to ensure that our customers’ stringent quality standards are met and that they receive the highest standard of service.

    Our first step is to work closely with our clients and technical partners to establish a design proposition. On release of the relevant data, we typically assume full responsibility for turning the agreed design into a tool construction, working with our expert tooling partners.

    Next, drawing on our multi-product sector expertise, we ensure the design can be manufactured to the required quality standard.

    Rapid Prototyping

    Paintbox works with a small group of expert rapid prototype partners to provide high-quality rapid prototyping services to OEMs and their Tier 1 suppliers.

    These specialist partners use state-of-the-art technology to provide detailed components during the design and development phase of customer projects, helping to ensure high-quality results.

    Tool Design & Manufacture

    Paintbox partners with a select network of toolmakers to provide advanced tool design and manufacturing services.

    Our highly experienced tooling project managers co-ordinate all activities for our customers, overseeing the entire development process, from design to manufacture. This service includes onsite management support at the toolmaker locations and at customer production facilities.

    By combining effective tool design data with the best manufacturing capabilities, we can develop prototype and production tools throughout Europe and Asia for our customers.

    We use techniques, such as mould-flow analysis, computer-aided engineering and detailed General Assembly drawings analysis, to provide tooling solutions prior to major investment in tooling.


    Project Management

    Paintbox offers an expert project management service. Our highly experienced team oversees the entire project management process, from nomination by an OEM to availability of the parts and modules for launch.

    We have developed our own Project Management Process (PPMP) for new product introduction. The process is based on the principles of APQP/PPAP and Prince 2 methodologies, and is designed to complement our own business management system (TS16949) and to be overlaid into customers’ project management systems.

    The Paintbox PPMP includes:

    • Component development
    • Cube validation
    • Colour development
    • Testing and validation
    • Prototype/production tools
    • Supplier integration

    Supply Chain Management

    Procurement

    The specialist Paintbox procurement team has extensive experience of setting up supply chains for Paintbox-sourced components and OEM-specified suppliers.

    We source tooling from the UK, China and Europe depending on the technical, commercial and timing requirements of each project.

    Our tooling experience encompasses injection-mould tools, RIM, vacuum-forming tooling, gauges, jigs, die cast and press tooling, simple assembly fixtures and complex automated and poke-yoke assembly machines.

    We have established global supply chains that bring in a wide range of components, ranging from electronic modules to die-cast components.

    Balancing commercial, quality, timing and risk factors to provide optimal solutions, Paintbox has the flexibility to manage the supply chains that deliver the best results for our customers.

    EDI/sequencing

    Providing Tier 1 supplier activities such as just-in-time and just-in-sequence services requires sophisticated electronic order management capabilities.

    Paintbox uses cutting-edge technology to ensure the highest standard of management and service. EDI, MRP and ERP systems form the backbone of our communications provision.


    Quality

    The guarantee of quality is a foundation on which Paintbox is built. We have a reputation for the high quality of our services and we work hard to maintain it.

    We invest in the best personnel, state-of-the-art systems and technology and comprehensive in-house testing facilities to ensure that we always meet the exacting standards of our customers.

    Laboratory Scope

    Paintbox offers advanced in-house laboratory facilities. Automotive testing is usually carried out internally and our technology includes environmental cycling test equipment with real-time quality monitoring capability.

    Laboratory Investigation Expertise

    Our laboratory investigation expertise gives us the power to develop innovative application control solutions. We have advanced diagnostic capabilities, with microscopes and a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer at our disposal. Areas of problem-solving include polymer mould defects, environmental stress cracking and solvent attack.

    Q gate methodology

    Paintbox employs the Q gate process to ensure consistent quality across customer products. This process is used in cases where Process Failure Mode Effects analysis has identified as high risk. The Q gate process is based on multiple standardised method inspections and using up to five Q gates from raw moulding to the finished article, the process delivers an extremely effective PPM.


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