Transition Period – From ECHELON to Zen-Xero
As glass coatings became well known in the market, we have sought to develop a new product that is superior to the traditional glass
The durability has now become so common for glass coatings that we came to think that true value-added products were becoming needed. By utilizing our development techniques, experiences, and knowledge gained in the past, the Zen-Xero was developed in late 2010, as an uncompromised and best product of FE Trade. Since then, Zen-Xero has replaced ECHELON as the brand name of the coating series for overseas markets.
It is no exaggeration to say that this product is the ultimate product that covers every element needed in glass coatings. Zen-Xero has the uncompromised quality in the hardness of coating, a thickness of the coating, weather-resistant capability, and glossiness. Furthermore, as a new added-value, Zen-Xero delivers high water repellency by providing a 110° water contact angle with amazing durability.
For the base material, polysilazane is used, which is not a material that simply hardens into glass. Since there was a belief that a coating material which hardens into a hard glass is superior to any other materials, it can be said that Zen-Xero was quite extraordinary. Since the emergence of this product, we were able to offer a range of products from standards to high-end levels within the Zen-Xero brand to meet various needs. Moreover, we will continue to work on meeting new demands and expanding the share within the automotive market more and more.
Then, there was the appearance of NANO-FIL. Until then, glass coatings including FE-1043 were thought to be special because of its hard coating layer. However, by focusing on the main purpose of glass coatings and improving the weak points of FE-1043, NANO-FIL was born. NANO-FIL has a special property, a “flexible” glass layer, which delivers excellent performance such as by focusing on decreasing the damage done by the surrounding environment or the lack of compatibility of the coating layer with the paint. With these characteristic properties, NANO-FIL has overcome the weak points of traditional glass coatings.
Until now, glass coatings were thought to be applicable to only the auto body or windshields, but there were growing demands for durable and high quality coatings for other vehicle parts as well. We have then started to develop products by focusing on a new concept to enable the Zen-Xero coatings to “armor the whole car with glass”.
To achieve this, we developed coatings for paint protection films and interior and exterior parts of cars in 2013 and 2014.