CHV: Kawasaki Hydrographic Painting

A paper-thin decal becomes liquid ink to decorate any surface at Kawasaki's factory

We recently toured the cavernous Kawasaki Motors plant in Lincoln, Nebraska. Within the endless production lines—making products ranging from ATVs to subway cars—we found the company uses several fascinating industrial processes. This is the first of our series of videos from the plant where we visited the Hydrographics Department to see how a paper-thin ink decal is liquified and transferred to a surface—a technique reminiscent of paper marbling, entirely innovative and quite magical.