In the home appliance industry, powder coatings are well recognized as being a high quality finish for both major and minor applications. In the appliance finishing industry, the advantages of high corrosion resistance with single coat application has resulted in powder coatings being used on a wide variety of electrical appliances, including:
air conditioners, clothes dryers, cookers, dishwashers, fans, freezers, microwave ovens, rice cookers, refrigerators, stereo components, television components, video components, washing machines, water coolers.
In addition to the major appliances noted powder coatings are also widely used for smaller appliances such as toasters, irons, can openers, juice extractors, food processors, vacuum cleaners and floor polishers.
Although powder coatings are not yet widely used on auto bodies, they are finding growing applications on components for both interior and exterior applications. In most automotive applications, powder coatings are used for auto performance characteristics as most auto producers still prefer the use of liquid coatings for those areas requiring optimum appearance. Current applications in the automotive industry include:
air filter housing, alloy road wheels, brake calipers & components, bright trim molding, bumper bars, door handles engine blocks-iron & alloy, mirror housings, motorcycle frames, oil filter housings, rocker covers, seat frames, steel wheels assemblies, stereo system, components suspension systems, underbody primer, windscreen wipers.
The furniture industry is a major market for powder coatings. Powder coatings are used extensively on both commercial and domestic furniture for both their performance and for their appearance.
The performance characteristics of powder coatings which make them so suited to the furniture industry include:
Powder coatings have developed a strong position in the architectural industry as a coating for aluminum profile, cladding and other building components
Computer casings, computer components, encapsulation, telecommunications equipment.