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The Renaissance of Automotive Ingenuity: Exploring Self-Healing Coatings and Body Material

Published in Automobile Saturday, 06 April 2024 16:41



Uday Narang – Chairman, Anglian Omega Group and Omega Seiki Mobility



In the relentless pursuit of automotive perfection, engineers and researchers are continually pushing the boundaries of innovation. Among the most intriguing developments on the horizon are self-healing coatings and body materials, poised to revolutionize the way we perceive and maintain our vehicles.


Self-healing coatings represent a significant leap forward in automotive paint technology. These coatings are engineered with special polymers containing dynamic bonds that possess the remarkable ability to repair minor scratches and chips. When subjected to a stimulus such as sunlight, these polymers undergo a process wherein their molecular structure breaks and reforms, effectively healing the damage and restoring the surface to its original state. This innovative approach not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of vehicles but also minimizes the need for costly and time-consuming touch-up procedures.


On the frontier of automotive materials science lies the concept of self-healing body materials—a futuristic innovation that promises to redefine the very fabric of vehicle construction. At the forefront of this research is a team of scientists at MIT, who are pioneering the development of self-healing carbon fibre for car bodies. This ground breaking material utilizes microscopic tubes embedded within the carbon fibre matrix to deliver healing agents to damaged areas. When a crack or other form of damage occurs, these tubes release the healing agents, which flow into the affected area and initiate a process of self-repair, effectively restoring the structural integrity of the vehicle's body.


The potential implications of self-healing coatings and body materials are vast and far-reaching. Beyond the obvious benefits of enhanced aesthetics and durability, these innovations have the power to reshape the automotive industry in profound ways. Consider, for instance, the impact on vehicle maintenance and ownership costs. With self-healing technology, the need for frequent touch-ups and repairs is greatly reduced, leading to significant savings for consumers over the lifespan of their vehicles. Moreover, the longevity of vehicle components is enhanced, resulting in fewer replacements and a reduced environmental footprint.


Furthermore, self-healing coatings and body materials have the potential to revolutionize the design and manufacturing processes of automobiles. By incorporating these innovative materials into vehicle construction, automakers can create lighter, stronger, and more resilient vehicles, thereby improving performance, fuel efficiency, and safety. Additionally, the integration of self-healing technology opens the door to new possibilities in automotive design, allowing for greater flexibility and creativity in shaping the vehicles of tomorrow.


As we stand on the cusp of this transformative technological revolution, it is essential to recognize the collaborative efforts of researchers, engineers, and automakers in driving innovation forward. While the full potential of self-healing coatings and body materials has yet to be realized, their promise as game-changing advancements in automotive engineering is undeniable. As we continue to embrace the possibilities of self-healing technology, we embark on a journey towards a future where vehicles are not just machines, but marvels of ingenuity and resilience.

Uday Narang

Uday Narang has been the driving force behind the growth and expansion of the Anglian Omega Group. Presently heading Anglian Omega Group which comprises of Omega Bright Steel, is one of India's largest Bright Bar steel manufacturing companies, Yashdeep Automotive, established in 1996 in Faridabad, has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality machine components for engines as well as power-trains, OBSC Perfection, is into Auto Components & Precision Industry, Aditi Power Equipment’s was formed in 2016 to manufacture high quality steel canopies for generator sets in India, ADM Technologies is a packaging services company, Khel Now is the World’s most exciting Social Platform connecting Sports Fans and Businesses. Anglian Infrastructure Development Private Limited ("AIDPL") is the commercial real estate and infrastructure development arm of Anglian Omega and Omega Seiki and Omega Seiki Mobility which is into Automotive components and EV manufacturing. Uday Narang is taking a lead role in expanding Asian and ASEAN markets in Automotive Parts, Steel & Infrastructure projects. He has more than 15 years of experience in the industry which has given him an incisive understanding of the operations of the companies as well as great insight into the larger trends. Uday Narang is a firm believer in collaborative leadership.


Mr. Narang came back to India in 2015. Realizing the problem of air pollution and decreasing per capita income of the drivers due to increasing fuel prices, Mr. Uday Narang conceptualized and introduced Electric Vehicle Company, Omega Seiki Mobility in 2018 and has been actively involved in the Electric Vehicle business since. Omega Seiki Mobility aims to create sustainable mobility solutions with integrated approach of connecting Automobiles and the Society. Under the leadership of Mr. Uday Narang, the brand’s focus is to eventually create a clean ecosystem with eco-friendly, safe and congestion free mobility. OSM is one of India’s leading clean energy incubators and has become synonymous with India’s sustainability success. The electric vehicle manufacturing company aims to fast-track future mobility, with green energy at its core, by implementing data-driven, smart engineering. 


Previously from 1992 to 2015 worked in Finance, Financial markets & management across Europe, United States & Asia. He has run & manages various hedge funds for over a decade. Previously he was also the President for Koch Enterprises in the US. He has led many organizations across Europe, United States & Asia from Startup to Mature Organizations.


Prior to his success in the corporate world, he obtained his BA (Economics), BS (Management) & MS (Management & Policy) from State University of New York at Stony Brook.


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