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By Gerry Gallagher | May 20, 2015
Thin domed Lensclad badging and ornamentation

GM Nameplate has had the opportunity to work with one of the oldest luxury four wheel drive vehicles in the automotive industry. The iconic brand, Land Rover, is in the process of making great strides into the Chinese automotive industry and the team at GMN’s China facility is helping bring their badge to life by manufacturing their steering wheel ornamentation.

The steering when badge utilizes lensclad thin doming, a manufacturing process that adds a protective urethane coating over the top of the part.  Due to the complexity of manufacturing thin domed parts, Land Rover China had been importing their nameplate badges from a European supplier.  Through collaboration with GMN China, a domestic manufacturing solution was possible, without the high cost of sourcing overseas. This has dramatically simplified Land Rover’s supply chain for vehicles in the Chinese market.

In addition to high cosmetic standards, the part needed to pass stringent automotive specification requirements. Land Rover needed to ensure that their branding would stand up to heavy use and look just as good after years of use as it did when it rolled out of the factory. To do so, GMN’s parts were tested to the highest performance standards. The badging from GMN stood up to extreme conditions including resistance to scuffing, scraping, and moisture. 

The Land Rover badging is created from a mirror finish aluminum that is screen printed with Land Rover’s corporate color “British Racing Green.” Below the thin doming, there is a subtle emboss on the perimeter of the font. Together with the mirror finish, it gives off an understated luxury, which is in line with Land Rover’s design language and identity.

The customer is delighted with the quality of the airbag ornamentation and our ability to distinguish them from the rest of the competition. This is a prime example of GMN’s total solution to successfully integrate out various processes to create a unique look for our customer.

While GMN’s North American automotive team, GMN Automotive, has been manufacturing automotive badging and ornamentation for years, this was GMN China’s first foray into the product category. While the project required a relatively short time from the development to manufacturing, it was a resounding success. GMN is the first supplier in China that is able to produce a thin doming nameplate that can pass Land Rover’s stringent testing.

Duncan Carswell, GMN
By Duncan Carswell | Mar 23, 2015
Ford Explorer platinum badge

Get a sneak peak of the Ford Explorer’s new, limited edition badging on the vehicle’s Facebook page. The Ford emblem, which is done in soft metallic silver, is designed to commemorate the icon brand’s anniversary as part of their Platinum series.

For the new Ford Platinum, GMN’s automotive group worked to develop a number of nameplate prototypes with varied tone and texture. The photo shows a few of the options that were provided. In the end, Ford selected a lightly textured, domed nameplate in a dark brushed gray with contrasting bright chrome. 

According to Ford, the Explorer Platinum will be available this summer, when you can see the new badging for yourself. To see Ford’s final badge selection, visit the Ford Facebook post. You can also learn more from Ford’s news page.  

By Chris Doyle | Dec 10, 2014
Custom metal nameplates for SonoSite

We recently posted about the front panel integration we provide for ultrasound device manufacturer SonoSite. In addition to providing the front panel integration for SonoSite’s X-Porte device, we also provided various badging, die cut components, and labels for their other ultrasound units. One of the most interesting nameplates that we provide can be found on the back of the monitor housing of the X-Porte Kiosk unit.

The nameplate features reflective chrome electroform and custom color matching. Using a specialty adhesive, the nameplate is adhered to the back of the monitor.

The team at GMN collaborated with SonoSite to achieve the most cost effective design that met all the aesthetic and technical requirements. We also created two other badges for SonoSite’s units.

Our work with SonoSite is a great example of how our diverse capabilities can fulfill the needs of our customers in many areas.