IXO-Models are made in China by Sonic International. Their aim when first developing IXO models was to combine advanced manufacturing techniques with sound diecast model car experts, to make an exceptional brand.
Every year, very limited number of car models will be selected to be reproduced in the IXO Models range.
The first step is to get permission from the car manufacturer or the team owner and then to prepare all the documentation needed to reproduce the model (CAD computer data, factory drawings, photos, etc.). For the racing models, the product-developing team will attend the most prestigious races (such as Rally Monte Carlo or Le Mans 24 hours) or Car Shows to provide the necessary documentation.
This information is then distributed to the Engineering Department where a team of sculptors will create a 3-dimensional model. Once the model prototype and all technical drawings are prepared, all tools required will be produced.
Manufacturing die-cast model cars requires highly sophisticated steel tools. The tooling process takes several months and only after numerous tests, the tools are finally approved.
The metal body will be produced through a die-cast injection machine, where the melted zamak (zinc alloy) will be sent inside the mould at a temperature of 470 degrees. These die-cast bodies will be trimmed and polished in a centrifugal drum containing ceramic stones.
The production planning and schedule of each IXO Model, which each consists of more than 50 different parts, is then carefully monitored. Most of these parts, including the plastic parts, are hand painted to give the models the most sophisticated finish.www.ixomodels.com