The HEXIS R&D laboratory is developing high performance self-adhesive films for the BWT-Alpine Formula 1 Team in the cradle of British motor racing at the village of Enstone, north of Oxford.
“A solid partnership between HEXIS and the BWT-Alpine F1 Team underlines a relationship of trust which has been made concrete by the training of the racing team’s technicians at [Hexis headquarters] Frontignan [southern France],” Hexis said
“The application of self-adhesive film requires a high level of technical expertise, even more so when applying it to a Formula 1 single-seater. HEXIS devised a customised colour to match the requirements of the Alpine racing team. Our Training Centre then hosted Alpine technicians to train them in the application of HEXIS self-adhesive films.
“It is a technical partnership that links the two entities – HEXIS and Alpine – in the supply of vinyl media. The Hexis R&D laboratory is currently developing high performance self-adhesive films for the team.
What kind of training did the Alpine technicians follow?
“Our training centre offers a number of professional and qualifying training courses. These range from training in the application of self-adhesive film for signage to training in window graphics as well as BODYFENCE training. The Alpine paint technicians were trained over several days in the application technique for full wraps.
“The Alpine technicians are expected to apply self-adhesive film to the Formula 1 single-seaters. However, this is not an easy task and the need for training was necessary for Alpine. This is why they turned to our Training Centre teams to accommodate them.
“The self-adhesive film fulfils a number of functions, they can be damaged during the races, particularly due to chips of tar; gravel; heat.
Which HEXIS self-adhesive films were used during the training?
“It is paramount that the self-adhesive film is applied with perfection to the single-seater. The technicians were trained with self-adhesive film from the SKINTAC range (HX190), laminated with our self-adhesive PC190S cast laminate.
“The SKINTAC range is specially dedicated for full wraps, it allows an immaculate finish. The laminate used is a premium cast laminate; ideal for protecting the self-adhesive prints on a vehicle. Thus, the result on the single-seater is impressive in terms of technique. Another advantage of this category of self-adhesive vinyls is that they are compatible with all printing systems."