The future of Hexavalent Chromium usage in Plating-On-Plastics (POP) is about to be defined
PRESS RELEASE JUNE 27, 2016
Progress on Applications for REACH Authorization of Several Uses of Chromium Trioxide – RAC and SEAC Draft Opinions
Very recently the committees RAC (Risk Assessment) and SEAC (Socio-Economic Analysis) have submitted their draft opinion for the future usage of hexavalent Chrome to ECHA.
In their draft opinion for functional chrome plating with decorative character, which includes the applications in Plating-On-Plastics, an authorization of 4 years is suggested. The authorization will start after the known sunset date in September 2017, leaving a rather short period for users to adopt more environmentally friendly technologies, while being faced with higher regulatory cost for compliance in the meantime.
The final decision will be communicated in September 2016 after consultation at ECHA level.
A full spectrum of electroplated finishes is applied to plastics for many different applications and industries. Primary end users in Europe are the automotive and sanitary industry.
The total surface of plated plastic in Europe is estimated at 80,000 m²/day or 20,000,000 m²/year.
Especially in the automotive industry we have seen a strong increasing demand for plated plastic parts over the last 10 years. Many plating shops have increased their capacity and have completed enormous investments into their workforce and equipment for improved POP capability. After the decision in September, there is now a risk that this production will be shifted to the non-European countries, in case no solutions are found and implemented.
COVENTYA has developed SILKEN BOND, a complete chrome free pre plate technology. SILKEN BOND is state of the art and can be integrated with minimal effort into existing POP plating lines.
Parts processed with the SILKEN BOND process have already been submitted to numerous automotive OEMs for various testing including adhesion tests for thermal shock and peel tests. All test requirements have been met and OEM approvals have been written and issued to COVENTYA.
One Industrial application has been operational and running production in a pilot line for more than 20 months with the original chemistry utilized for making up the process.
As a next step, Coventya is in the advanced planning phase with three customers for different industry segments to install new industrial scale POP plating lines using SILKEN BOND technology
These new plating lines are targeted to be in operation by the end of 2017.
It is exciting to see the future of Non-Chrome POP plating has just begun and will unveil its full potential in the years to come. For more information contact your local COVENTYA partner.
After intensive testing we obtained a new aerospace certification at MBDA for Lanthane 613.3 for use as an electroless conversion (BMS1999).
MBDA is the European leader for designing and producing sophisticated missiles and missile systems. This increases the number of prime aerospace approvals for this high performance conversion coating and sealer.
COVENTYA GmbH attended the O&S fair in Stuttgart
We would like to thank our customers and interested parties, who visited our booth on the O&S Fair in Stuttgart. Many visitors were present from 31st May until 02nd June.
For us it was a really successful fair with many positive contacts and we are looking forward to the next event.
The DRIVE OFF ROAD "SILKEN BOND ETCH" New Chrome VI free technology
We are pleased to present the special edition of Coventya Newsletter with a focus on Coventya’s Chrome free etch technology for plating on plastics. Coventya has developed a competitive, chrome free etch technology named SILKEN BOND for plating on plastic applications. The unique technology exceeds current regulations for use of hexavalent chromium.
Adhesion values are similar to parts processed with conventional chrome sulphuric etch.
The SILKEN BOND process is a state of the art and can be integrated with minimal effort into existing plating lines.
COVENTYA Singapore at the Fastener Taiwan 2016
COVENTYA Singapore will be present at the 4th Taiwan International Fastener Show (Fastener Taiwan 2016) will be held at Kaohsiung Exhibition Center from April 11 to 13th.
The event is organized by the Bureau of Foreign Trade, MOEA.
Please come and visit us at booth D 2434a! The COVENTYA Singapore team united with our devoted distributor NATURE TRADING CO., LTD will be happy to present our products and processes. More info on the event: http://www.fastenertaiwan.com.tw/zh_TW/index.html