Session 7: Decorative Automotive Considerations
Recently, some automotive manufacturers have begun specifying decorative hexavalent-chrome-free processes for production of parts on their vehicles. These emerging global standards are observed by suppliers not only in Europe, but also in Asia or Americas. This presentation discusses this technology and how it addresses industry concerns in response to current and forecast regulations.
Advances & New Trends in Surface Finishes/Engineering
Plating on Plastics/Decorative Technology
Current and emerging environmental regulations have a significant impact on plating-on-plastics (POP) and Decorative Coatings (DECO) applicators. The anticipated regulations will cause further restrictions of plating chemistries. This will pose new challenges to develop processes that meet stringent OEM performance standards while also meeting regulatory requirements for worker safety and the environment.
To ensure compliance with these pending regulations, MacDermid Enthone has taken the lead to develop critical technologies for Plastic Substrates that do not contain chromium (VI) compounds.
These technologies are generically referred to as “chrome-free etches” and decorative trivalent chromium.