Cromatipic® proves to be a fully industrialized PVD chrome plating technology for plastics components, with zero process emissions, compliant with REACh for the year past 2024 and beyond.
The coating system is based on UV-lacquer and PVD-coating which complies with the most challenging industrial test requirements. Added decorative and functional features open new and attractive user benefits. With a large coating line in operation since 2017, Hauzer proves the mature and industrialized capability of the Cromatipic® technology.
The REACh directive 1907/2006 has brought about the need to develop chrome coating processes for plastics components that fulfil high needs of the automotive industry, but work without hexavalent chrome substances. Hauzer developed Cromatipic® to be a fully capable successor technology for chrome plating on plastics.
The REACh Committee of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) decided to allow companies using chromium trioxide (CrO3) substances in electroplating on plastic parts a maximum of 7 years to reassess the availability of safer alternatives or substitute the substance earlier when possible.
With the sunset date having passed on 21. Sept 2017, the authorization to use of hexavalent chrome solutions will therefore terminate in four years from now, on 21. Sept 2024.
The rapidly/shortly approaching date of the termination now triggers the need for the qualification of succeeding technologies for chrome plating on plastics. Cromatipic® is a dual layer made of UV-lacquer and PVD chrome coating, completely free of chromium chemistry. It is a fully capable process that complies with challenging testing standards. Cromatipic® is an industrialized technology that is applied on automotive components on an ongoing basis. It has achieved numerous validation processes in long term automotive applications. At the same time, the cost efficiency is compliant with current market pricing for chrome plating on plastics parts.
Cromatipic® not only complies with REACh, but is a real zero emission process. Both Cromatipic® sub-layers, the UV-lacquer coating and the PVD process do not produce environmental emissions. The PVD chrome coating is performed under high vacuum, which does not emit any waste substances. And the lacquering process is using a solvent-free paint (100% solid content) that has no VOCs. Old solvent-paint technologies needed an added regenerative thermal oxidization (RTO) process to destroy hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Such added burning off process is not needed with lacquer used in Cromatipic® technology – which complies with local and international environment regulations about VOCs emission. Therefore, attaining operational approval for a Cromatipic® coating line is easy.