CANTON, Mich. - Material Sciences is expanding the reach of its RepliKote decorative metals, a specialty line of prefinished coils or sheets that emulate exotic metals, stone, wood and designer patterns for panels, partitions, casework, and furniture,
 
Material Sciences says RepliKote can be shaped, by conventional methods, into stunningly realistic exterior and interior panels, partitions, casework, furniture, equipment and appliances. Produced at MSC facilities in Toronto, Ontario, and Elk Grove Village, Illinois, RepliKote materials yield significant cost savings and quality improvements across multiple manufacturing, architectural, construction and design segments.
 
"We're especially proud of the environmental properties of RepliKote," said Michael Noble, chief commercial officer of Material Sciences Corporation, noting that MSC has always been in the forefront of steel- and aluminum-based coated and laminated materials. "Given resource depletion and the destruction associated with mines, quarries and rainforest harvests, our RepliKote systems emulate exotic finishes that are actually more consistent in appearance and performance than precious, and rapidly diminishing, natural substances.
 
 RepliKote prefinished metals from Material Sciences Corporation offer manufacturers, architects, builders and designers an alternative decorative surface that mimics wood, stone and metals. An unlimited range of patterns and finishes designed by the customer can also be incorporated into RepliKote products.
 
"Anything that can be imagined, we can reproduce on steel or aluminum,"  Noble says. "For example, this year we offer a new faux stainless steel finish. As an alternative to the real thing, our product can replace more expensive materials on exposed surfaces of commercial washers and dryers, thereby avoiding the high cost and inherent negatives of stainless, like fingerprinting."
 
Noble says wmall-scale appliances – dormitory refrigerators, microwave ovens and RV food preparation devices – are another application, as well as vending machines and fountain drink dispensers.
 
"On a larger scale, elevator manufacturers are looking at several RepliKote applications, including woodgrains and textures for cab walls and faux stainless for doors," according to Noble. 
 
Citing a popular new look for homes, apartments and condos, Mr. Noble indicated that "industrial chic" walls, shelving, cabinets, even furnishings, can be easily accomplished with RepliKote.
 
"Even residential entry doors can feature a wide range of weather-resistant RepliKote designer colors on the outside, with a choice of painted, woodgrain or metallic finishes on the interior surface," Noble says.
 
The availability of three natural series emulating wood, stone and metal opens up a new world of creative, cost-effective options to manufacturers, architects, builders and designers. Further expanding possibilities is the image line, which prints artwork, patterns, photographs and more on a choice of metal substrates. All RepliKote materials can be custom finished with specific coatings to maximize longevity and functionality.
 
A website section exploring properties of RepliKote is at www.materialsciencescorp.com/products/replikote  
 
Material Sciences Corporation (MSC) provides advanced solutions in metals, metal products and metal processing across a diverse array of end-use markets. Specialties include electrogalvanazing, continuous coil-coating, laminating, acoustic composites and supply chain management. Headquartered in Canton, Michigan, Material Sciences Corporation has operations in Elk Grove Village, Illinois; East Chicago, Indiana; Walbridge and Canfield, Ohio; and Toronto, Ontario.  SOURCE Material Sciences Corporation

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