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Decorated door spears

Brushed finish decorated spears

If you think it’s only the exterior of the car that matters, think again! More and more people are shifting their focus to the interior. After all, that’s where we spend our maximum time. Decorative accents and trims breathe a new visual identity into the vehicle, giving it a distinct personality. Armrests are a crucial […]

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Developing backlit graphic overlay solutions

Backlit graphic overlay for a PRNDL.

Backlit graphic overlays have become one of GMN Automotive’s core competencies. The utilization of backlit graphic overlays within your vehicle can add a dramatic visual effect or distinctive style to the interior environment. Applying the correct backlighting technologies to a graphic overlay ensures the illumination of the graphics and icons meet their design intent even […]

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Stainless steel mechanical finishes: brushing

Selectively brushed stainless steel sill plate.

GMN Automotive’s selective mechanical finishing capabilities include brushing, spinning, and texturing. Mechanical finishes are used to create contrast that can increase the perceived value of a part. In this blog, we will discuss the options available when choosing a brushed mechanical finish on metals such as stainless steel. Brushed metal is produced by abrading the […]

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Value-added assembly with GMN Automotive

Value-added assembly for PRNDL.

The various steps and processes that go into developing a product require companies to outsource numerous parts and services from several outside suppliers. Working with multiple suppliers can be challenging and expensive, with inconsistencies in quality standards, lead times, and communication methods. GMN Automotive can help you avoid this hassle with value-added solutions that limit […]

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Case study: custom nameplate for Polaris’ Victory Motorcycles

Custom nameplate made for Polaris' Victory Motorcycles.

At GMN Automotive, our extensive knowledge and capabilities allow us to create custom nameplate solutions that meet our customer’s visual and durability expectations. GMN was asked to manufacture a custom gas tank badge for Polaris’ Victory Motorcycles after they ran into problems with a previous supplier. The nameplate needed to satisfy stringent requirements including fitting […]

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Custom seven-colored steering wheel badge for Alfa Romeo

GMN Automotive created a custom seven-colored steering wheel badge for Alfa Romeo.

Alfa Romeo, a car brand of the FCA Group, contracted GM Nameplate (GMN) to manufacture a steering wheel badge containing seven custom colors. When screen printing seven colors that border one another, color deposition registration is essential to ensure the colors do not overlap or gap, thereby changing the visual in the overlapped area or […]

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General Motors’ footrest and gas pedal sporting enhancement

GMN Automotive created a sporting enhancement for General Motors' footrest and gas pedal.

When General Motors needed to add a sporting enhancement to their footrest and gas pedal, they selected GMN Automotive to supply the decorative stainless steel overlay. GMN Automotive is well-versed in decorative and sporting enhancements and is a trusted brand among the industry’s top car manufacturers. Footrest and gas pedal sporting enhancements are often seen […]

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GMN Automotive’s functional and visual coating and ink treatments

GMN Automotive provides a variety of coating and ink solutions.

GMN Automotive offers performance-driven coating and ink solutions to protect branding components from the severe environments they are required to endure. Whether a part resides on the vehicle’s interior, exterior, or under the hood, there are a variety of environmental conditions to consider to ensure the sustainability of a product over its lifetime. Within the […]

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Freightliner steering wheel badge

Freightliner steering wheel badge with new locking feature.

With the introduction of a new European law requiring large trucks to have driver airbags (DAB), existing steering wheel badge constructions no longer comply with the law as they do not have a locking feature. The locking feature secures the decorative badge to the corresponding cover in the event of deployment. GMN Automotive badges are […]

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Backlit ornamentation for automotive interiors

Lincoln backlit sill plate made by GMN Automotive.

As the content of today’s automotive cockpits contain an ever increasing amount of backlit ornamentation, GMN Automotive capabilities have expanded to support this evolution. GMN Automotive is experienced in providing backlit ornamentation for automotive interiors, including displays and branded sill plates. Backlit applications usually contain a shroud, a light pipe, and a light engine. A […]

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