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“Any Colour You Like”: How ENL’s New Paint Plant is Changing the Look of Our Products

Henry Ford famously promised his customers “Any colour you like. As long as it is black.”

The world has come a long way since the early days of the automotive industry. We are all used to having choices in everything we do, from endless box sets to stream to dozens of types of olive oil on the supermarket shelves.

And at ENL we are committed to giving our customers a similar range of choice when it comes to the colour and finish of their components.

Clearly, our expertly engineered plastic components already come in a range of colours introduced during the moulding process. However, if customers require a high-end finish for their products, for instance components for a car dashboard, then we need to do something slightly different.

Late last year, we realised that we were getting more and more enquiries from customers in industries like aerospace, defence, and automotive, who required high-end finishes for their plastic components.

This is a service that we have always offered, but without the facilities in-house we were previously reliant on trusted subcontractors to deliver specialist painting services.

That delivered goods of the required quality, but the problem was that our team was not in control of the process. That meant that when it came to issues like pricing, lead-in times, and quality control, ENL was not in the driving seat.

As a business committed to quality in everything that we do, we realised that it was the right time to invest in some new state-of-the-art equipment that would ensure that our customers could access an end-to-end service where we were able to meet all of their requirements.

That is why, late last year, we purchased a range of state-of-the-art equipment and opened up a new specialist paint plant at our Portsmouth factory.

This new paint plant is set to deliver a range of benefits for our customers. Our purchase of two advanced spray booths and a self-contained mix room now means that ENL enjoys full control over the painting process. The Italian CMC booth, with its cutting-edge technology and touch panel control, ensures precise application of enamel paints on various materials such as metal, polymers, and carbon fibre. This level of control guarantees consistent and flawless results, meeting the high-quality standards that our customers expect. Additionally, our new Romer Stove Oven is capable of reaching temperatures up to 230°C, ensuring the durability and longevity of painted parts.

With in-house expertise in priming and top coat painting, ENL can now supply painted parts that not only look great but also provide superior protection against environmental factors and wear. By employing advanced techniques and utilizing high-quality enamel paints, our painted components demonstrate exceptional resistance to corrosion, chemicals, and UV radiation.

And it is not just quality that is enhanced through our new facilities. The service that customers receive has been strengthened too. Because we are now in control of the entire process, we are able to manage costs, guarantee lead-in and delivery times, and develop bespoke solutions in partnership with our customers.

This new paint plant solidifies ENL’s position as a go-to supplier for the automotive, defence, and aerospace industries. It is just the latest example of our business investing in cutting-edge equipment to ensure that we can meet the customer needs of tomorrow as well as today.

ENL has built its reputation as a leading UK plastics business on the principles of quality and trust. Our new state-of-the-art specialist paint plant will strengthen that reputation, increasing ENL’s ability to handle complex projects and deliver consistently exceptional results.

We know from talking to our customers, that their businesses value reliability and quality above all else. That is precisely what this new innovation will deliver.

To find out more about how our new paint plant can help meet your business’s needs, get in touch with our expert team.

About ENL Group

ENL Group is based in Portsmouth, UK and Veľké Kostoľany, Slovakia. Established in 1958, we have been servicing UK-based and European companies for decades. Working with a secure supply chain, ENL provides quality components for quality-driven customers – with full certification for all of our products and quality checking at every stage.

Operating 24/7, we design, manufacture, and deliver critical components for our customers across the UK and Europe.

Contact Us for more information about ENL and how we can help your business.