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Decorative Metal Strip maintains color during bending.

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October 18, 2006 - Delivered already color-coated, Sandvik Decorex(TM) is offered in thicknesses up to 0.8 mm and widths to 370 mm in various stainless steel material grades. Adhesion between base material and color coating make it possible for product to be cold formed and bent to close radii without affecting color quality. All available surface finishes are fingerprint- and scratch-resistant, meeting pencil hardness tests to ISO 15184 or ASTM D3363 standards.

Sandvik Materials Technology, Strip Products Div.

2235 Dewey Ave., Benton Harbor, MI, 49022, USA

Original Press Release

New Decorative Metal Strip Increases Productivity

Press release date: September 26, 2006

Sandvik Decorex(TM) - the innovative, colour coated strip material from Sandvik Materials Technology, is providing productivity benefits for decorative component producers in the consumer electronics, domestic appliance, automotive and interior design industries.

The material combines an extensive and exclusive colour range and various surface finishes with the excellent processing properties and technical benefits of stainless steel strip.

All strip is delivered ready colour coated. Excellent adhesion between the base material and the colour coating make it possible for Sandvik Decorex strip to be cold formed and bent to close radii without affecting the colour quality. Compared with processes relying on a final colour coating operation - particularly if it is outsourced - this removes process steps, shortens production times and means less material tied up in production and stock.

Colour stability also improves production yields, particularly when compared, for example, with wet processes such as anodizing. Sandvik Decorex has complete colour consistency along the whole strip length and from batch to batch. It means that components can be designed enabling producers to take advantage of economical, reliable and repeatable processing.

In addition, close control of the Sandvik production processes mean that very tight flatness and colour layer tolerances are achieved. This has particular productivity benefits during blanking, stamping, deep drawing, punching and grinding operations.

The net result is that although Sandvik Decorex stainless steel strip is sometimes initially more expensive, the combination of reduced processing times, increased productivity and yield means that the final component cost is lower.

All Sandvik Decorex surface finishes are scratch resistant and meet the toughest pencil hardness tests according to ISO 15184 or ASTM D3363 standards. Surfaces are also fingerprint resistant. Even with the Sandvik Decorex bright finish, fingerprints can be removed by a simple wipe-over.

Special manufacturing processes have been developed by Sandvik Materials Technology to apply the high quality layers of colour coating to the stainless steel strip. The new technology uses a roll-to-roll process where single or multiple layer coatings can be applied to one or both sides of the strip.

Sandvik Decorex is available in thicknesses up to 0.8mm and in strip widths up to 370mm and in a range of stainless steel material grades.

Issued by: Nyans Communications Stowe House 1688 High Street Knowle Solihull West Midlands B93 0LY UK Tel: +44 (0)1564 777231 Fax: +44 (0)1564 778080 Contact: Terry Forsythe Email: terry@nyans.co.uk

On behalf of: Sandvik Materials Technology Company PO Box 1220 Scranton PA, 18501 USA Tel: 1-570-585-7701 Fax: 1-570-585-7686 Internet: smt.sandvik.com/us

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