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  • Meeting directives, such as ELV REACh and RoHS continues to be essential requirements. QPS delivers on all of these needs. QPS complies with the conditions set forth in the ISO 9001: 2015.


    QPS helps automotive engineers to specify the right products in a sustainable world. The steady evolution of the program has enabled many global OEM’s to specify ever-higher performance standards and represents:

    • Approved applicators: Applying these products to a common audited standard ensures the same coating performance throughout the applicator base.
    • High performance: Exceeding the high demands for corrosion resistance and exceptionally consistent torque and tension characteristics.
    • Global consistency: Wherever ZinKlad, DecoKlad or XMAPP standards are applied, applicators know they are using the same high-performance products.

    What do we do?

    QPS flow chart

    We supply and develop QPS standards that meet and exceed OEM specifications. We validate applicators processes by conducting audits, carrying out inspections and testing the production output to make sure they meet pre-defined QPS standards and agreed technical requirements.

    We monitor and report results on a global scale to be able to service and continuously improve performance. 

    Why do we do what we do?

    We believe that we are able to assure a global consistent performance at a local level meeting the global OEM requirements with a select number of world class applicators.

    How do we do what we do?

    ESI Automotive has developed a unique Quality Performance System called QPS that tackles the challenges for high-performance automotive coatings. OEM’s can be confident that the same coatings and consistent performance are available worldwide.


Engine and transmission

Our technology extends the life of both engine and transmission components

Surface coatings are used on engine valves, fasteners, fuel injector components, and gears. They improve factors including corrosion resistance, wear-resistance, and improve conductivity.

Additionally, when light metals are used our technology provides exceptional paint adhesion and resistance to galvanic corrosion. These factors help in meeting component service life and reducing fuel consumption.

Engine valves

Engine valve shafts are typically plated with 5 - 8 µm micro – cracked hard chromium to a hardness of more than 900 HV0.1. This coating delivers wear, and corrosion protection, as well as attaining low friction requirements. Combined, these benefits offer longer component life compared to untreated shafts.


Located under the hood and around the engine, powertrain fasteners need to provide excellent performance and durability. For example, corrosion resistance and friction requirements can vary across the engine and transmission systems – our extensive range of coatings can be tailored to fit these changing needs. ZinKlad 250 is recommended in this application as it offers the following benefits:

  • Exceptionally adherent coating
  • Heat resistant protective coating
  • Low film thickness with good abrasion resistance
  • Retains corrosion protection after manufacturing operations


ZinKlad is our exclusive quality system. With different performance levels and approved by automotive OEMs this methodology offers the following benefits:

  • OEM approved and certified coatings
  • Different levels of performance to match diverse requirements and specifications
  • Worldwide consistency; with a global network of approved applicators

Fuel injector components

Fuel injector components are typically Hardchrome plated within very tight thickness tolerances with an average of 5 - 8 µm chromium. This coating offers wear and corrosion protection, satisfying low friction requirements.


With higher standards for automotive components for reliability and service life, electroless nickel using boron-nitride technology is a great option. The coating achieves precise uniformity in parts of great complexity and difficult geometry. This combines with enhanced hardness for durability and excellent corrosion protection.