Door trim speaker grille via photochemical machining

Tongjin Technology is the market-leading supplier of photo-etched speaker grilles for world-renowned automotive marques, including BYD Auto, XPENG, NIO, Ford Motor, BAIC Group, GEELY, Chery, SAIC Volkswagen, Hyundai, Honda, and GAC Group. Our chemical etching process specialises in providing high-quality, high-aesthetic interior trim components.

A door speaker grille is a protective cover placed over the speaker that is built into a vehicle's door. Its primary functions are to protect the speaker from damage, prevent objects from coming into direct contact with the speaker cone, and integrate the speaker into the vehicle's interior aesthetic in a visually pleasing way. 

Door speaker grille

Functions and Features

1. Protection: The door speaker grille safeguards the speaker from physical harm. This is particularly important in a vehicle environment where items might get tossed around or passengers might accidentally kick or hit the door area where the speaker is located.

2. Acoustic Transparency: A well-designed door speaker grille allows sound to pass through with minimal distortion or obstruction. The grille's material and pattern are engineered to avoid negatively impacting sound quality, ensuring listeners enjoy clear, unimpeded audio.

3. Aesthetic Integration: Vehicle designers and manufacturers pay close attention to how speaker grilles look, striving for them to complement or enhance the vehicle's interior design. The appearance of the speaker grille can range from simple and functional to highly stylized and integrated with the vehicle's overall design theme.

4. Dust and Debris Barrier: Besides protecting against larger impacts, the grille also acts as a barrier against dust and small debris, ensuring the speaker components remain clean and functional over time.

Traditional Speaker Grille Manufacturing Process

Metal speaker grilles are commonly found in the interior of high-end and luxury vehicles, such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan, offering multiple functional purposes while enhancing a high-quality aesthetic appeal. Currently, the majority of new energy vehicles utilize metal speaker grilles, and due to the large demand, speaker grilles need to be mass-produced to ensure meeting the requirements of automotive manufacturers.

Up to now, speaker grilles have typically been manufactured using traditional stamping or punching methods. While stamping is favored for its ability to handle mass production, it can negatively impact the aesthetic characteristics of the speaker grille, resulting in burrs, stresses, scratches, and other part deformations.

Why Choose Etching Technology for Manufacturing Automotive Speaker Grilles?

Through chemical etching, engineers can break through the design limitations of speaker grilles. It enables the design of smaller mesh holes and gradient effects where the holes gradually enlarge from the center to the edges. It can economically incorporate any desired logo or pattern.

It's a versatile process capable of producing intricate grid patterns with almost any metal, adapting equally efficiently to small-scale and large-scale production runs.

Economical Mold and Prototype Design

Photochemical etching eliminates the need for expensive hard tooling and instead employs digitally produced phototools. This provides unlimited design flexibility and the ability to produce complex designs and intricate geometries at a fixed cost. Additionally, eliminating traditional hard tooling accelerates the process from prototype to production, significantly reducing costs and delivery times.

Accuracy and Precision

Chemical etching selectively removes material from the metal sheet using recyclable etchants. This non-thermal, non-contact process eliminates potential deformations, ensuring clean parts with 100% burr-free and stress-free surfaces. Furthermore, it offers unparalleled accuracy, with precision up to ±0.020mm and thickness ranging from 0.5mm to 1.0mm.

Materials and Design

Door speaker grilles are typically made from sturdy yet acoustically transparent materials such as metal (often aluminum), plastic, or fabric mesh. The choice of material may depend on the vehicle's design, the quality of the audio system, and overall interior aesthetics.

The design of a speaker grille can significantly vary, featuring simple patterns for purely functional purposes or intricate designs for more premium vehicle models. Some high-end cars might have custom-designed grilles that align with the branding of high-quality audio system manufacturers, such as Bose, Harman Kardon, or Bowers & Wilkins.

Customization and Replacement

While most vehicles come with factory-installed door speaker grilles that match the interior design, there is also a market for custom or replacement grilles. Custom grilles may offer enhanced aesthetics or specific features, such as LED lighting, to match the owner's personal taste or improve the vehicle's interior ambiance. Replacement grilles might be sought after for repair purposes or as a part of upgrading the vehicle's sound system.

In summary, a door speaker grille is a crucial component that combines functionality with design, contributing to both the protection of the audio equipment and the overall interior aesthetics of the vehicle. Whether stock or custom, these grilles play an essential role in the automotive audio experience.

Our product

Manufacturing premium quality perforated and formed speaker grill that are designed, engineered, coated and assembled specifically to meet the exacting standards of the global automotive industry.

Customer Reviews

I am extremely impressed with the precision...
Swapnil from United StatesWednesday, Jan 26, 2019
"I am extremely impressed with the precision and quality of the chemical etching performed by your team. The intricate designs on our metal components were etched flawlessly, exceeding our expectations. Thank you for delivering such a high-quality product."
Your chemical etching service has significantly improved the durability...
Sarah from United KingdomWednesday, Jan 20, 2020
"Your chemical etching service has significantly improved the durability and functionality of our products. The etched patterns not only enhance the aesthetics but also provide excellent grip and tactile feel. Our customers are thrilled with the results, and we couldn't be happier with your exceptional craftsmanship."
We have been relying on your chemical etching expertise for several projects...
Eduardo from ItalyWednesday, Mar 16, 2022
"We have been relying on your chemical etching expertise for several projects, and each time, you have consistently delivered outstanding results. Your attention to detail, quick turnaround time, and excellent customer service make you our preferred choice. Your commitment to excellence is commendable."
has given our brand a unique edge in the market...
Taner from TurkeyFriday, April 26, 2023
"The chemical etching performed by your team has given our brand a unique edge in the market. The intricate logos and designs etched onto our products have attracted significant attention and set us apart from our competitors. We appreciate your professionalism and skill."

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