Chromium-free plating plastic solutions tackle impending legislation


September 21, 2017 is a critical date for automakers if they employ chrome-plated components in their vehicles. This is the sunset date set by REACH legislation inb Europe to eliminate the use of chromium trioxide. Thankfully, materials and machinery suppliers are already working on solutions to enable the shiny metal finish to be reproduced.

For example, Dow Electronic Materials has developed the chromium-free Ecoposit etching solution to replace chromic acid etching used in the pre-treatment of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and polycarbonate (PC)-ABS in the plating-on-plastics (POP) industry.

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