LAS VEGAS — Aduco International Inc. has introduced a program that tests the performance of its proprietary thermoformed Brahma truck caps. Aduco of Mansfield, Texas, announced its Brahma Tough Certification program at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show, held last month in Las Vegas.
At its 60,000-square-foot plant, Aduco thermoforms the caps from coextruded ABS sheet, manufactured by Primex Plastics Corp., according to J. Richard Negrey, Aduco president.
Bayer Corp. supplies the extrusion-grade resins: Lustran ABS serves as the substrate, and Centrex, a weatherable ABS-rubber blend, provides resistance to ultraviolet light.
Aduco's in-house tests for off-road conditions include a torsion test that twists and bounces the cap for up to 24 hours. Bayer tests the caps for accelerated weathering and thermal resistance at its Pittsburgh lab. Bayer also helped with the product's development, Negrey said.
The lightweight, durable ABS cap competes with fiberglass, which owns about 80 percent of the cap market for pickup trucks, Negrey said.
It is sold through conventional aftermarket channels, such as cap dealers, and through companies that purchase the caps disassembled in bulk, then assemble and custom paint them, according to Negrey.
Aduco acquired the Brahma trademark in October 1992, when it bought the assets of bankrupt Brahma Inc.
For 1996, Negrey said he expects sales for the cap, Aduco's only product, to total about $8 million. About half of that business is domestic, half foreign, to 40 countries, he said.
In Mansfield, the company has three thermoformers, a large, double-sided Schuman, and two smaller machines, he said. It employs 52.