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By Chris Doyle | Dec 20, 2017
Metal Decoration Guide

The use of metal components helps to add a sleek, stunning, and high-end aesthetic to any product. Metal nameplates, labels, and components have an influence on how your product is perceived and serve as a representation of your brand, which is why the design process for these components so crucial. Recently, GM Nameplate (GMN) hosted a webinar on decoration techniques that can be used to create a metal component that will stand out from the crowd. Following the webinar, we decided to compile the topics that were presented into a quick reference guide that you can use to aid you when designing your next metal component. This step-by-step resource will walk you through various eye-catching metal decoration techniques, from embossing and printing options to the latest industry trends, as well as provide you with essential tips and considerations to keep in mind throughout each stage of the development process.

To download this free reference guide, click here.

Rich Smylie, GMN
By Richard Smylie | Sep 22, 2015
Sill plates or liftgate trims from GMN Automotive

We recently shared information about our Monroe Division’s roll coating line and the benefits it offers in the automotive industry. Thanks to our roll coating line and metal fabrication capabilities, we are excited to share that GMN Automotive now offers a new ornamentation capability – liftgate trim.

Recently GMN Automotive produced two liftgate trims for new Lincoln vehicles. The parts required aggressive performance standards which could be achieved thanks to GMN Automotive’s industry leading custom-formulated coating technologies and fabrication capabilities. The liftgate trims cover the leading edge into the back of the vehicle. The stainless steel design will not dent, making it the perfect fit for the vehicle application.

To start, the GMN Automotive team utilized the roll coating line to pre-decorate stainless steel sheets. Once roll coated the sheets were fabricated to meet the liftgate design, including embossed characters and a deep part profile.

GMN Automotive’s in-house chemist and tool designer worked together to overcome all design and functional challenges. Our chemist had to develop a coating hard enough to meet the aggressive scratch and mar performance test requirements and flexible enough to allow the deep profile without cracking the coating. The tool designer had to develop the tool progression so that the severity of each forming operation did not exceed the coatings flexibility.

Thanks to our capabilities and in-house design support, GMN Automotive was the obvious choice for the new liftgate trims!