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Bottom-up revolution: 'Stick-on' paint helps carmakers go green

Japanese company develops tech that sharply cuts power use for body coating

A car coated with Fu-se Vacuum Forming's color film technology. 

HIGASHI-OSAKA, Japan -- A scrappy Osaka company with special technology for heating plastic film has a proposition to big automakers: go green by adopting its environmentally friendly method to "paint" car bodies.

Fu-se Vacuum Forming has developed a device that applies colored film to car bodies. The simple one-step pressing process is expected to slash electricity consumption by more than two-thirds compared with the regular coating method, which involves repeating painting and drying.

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