Ever since the earthquake & tsunami wiped out the Japanese Paint Pigment plant in 2011, no American vehicle companies have been able to have those bright paint colors that we saw before 2011.
That factory is up & running again, but Ram has not taken advantage of it, except for that beautiful BLUE
we no longer have the brilliant Greens, Oranges, Yellows, etc.
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“Merck KGaA has lost production of a metallic automotive paint pigment called Xirallic because its factory is 28 miles from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant that was damaged by the earthquake and tsunami”. Read the full article here
Xirallic pearl pigments have that extra colored “sparkle” that helps auto makers sell cars. This particular factory owned by a German company was the principle supplier of black and red pearl pigments. New vehicles painted with those colors will be come scarce until the company can relocate production or if a competitor is able to reproduce the technology.