Now it's clear – these individual parts make up a SIKU police car. Most German police cars feature blue stripes and, of course, so does our SIKU police car! The authentic print design is computer-controlled. The bodies are picked up by a robotic arm and placed in a printing mount. After the body is securely fixed in the mount, colour is applied with a soft embossing stamp. First of all, it's placed in a kind of stamping cushion to collect the colour, then it's imprinted on the body so the colour clings to the brand-new SIKU police car! Finally, the bodies are lined up in a box. The robotic arm has a laser as its “eye” to identify when to pick up and place down – genius!
Once the lacquer work is complete on the police vehicles, it's the turn of the children's ambulance. Alongside the fluorescent orange stripe, the body also features “AMBULANCE” on the engine bonnet. The lettering is mirrored, so the driver in the vehicle ahead can instantly see in the rear mirror that an emergency vehicle is behind and can let the ambulance pass in seconds – exactly like the original!