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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.

Exterior car trim


Our materials offer the highest corrosion protection from the caliper through to the assembly of electronic components. Environmental legislation drives our innovation. Delivering compliant technology is critical for our global applicator base.

Car Door

Door Components

Surface treatments help to increase the lifespan of components such as strikers and latches. These coatings improve the quality and ultimate end-user experience. Specifying the correct protection helps to minimize warranty costs and mitigate the risk of field failure – ultimately, maintaining consistent and reliable performance.


Alloy wheels

Aluminum offers design freedom and the choice of self-color or chromium finishes. Natural aluminum finishes are preserved by a transparent conversion coating and lacquer. Chromium finishes are created using advanced adhesion techniques to ensure the plated layers last throughout the wheels natural life. esi automotive have developed the latest sustainable and compliant technology for both these finishing choices.

Car Front

Chromium trim

Most automotive body trim, grills, and mirrors are made from plastic substrates such as ABS and ABS alloys. To achieve the desired bright/satin chromium finish usually applied to these components they first need to be metalized. Today, more and more applicators are using MacDermid Enthone's ZERO chromium evolve plating on plastic and our decorative trivalent chromium plating solutions.


REACH compliant, hexavalent chromium-free coatings for exterior automotive trim 

Engineers looking at bright chrome chromium grill

Decorative chromium trim is still a critical factor in exterior car styling.

Our chromium-free etch and trivalent chromium plating processes comply with the latest environmental directives.

They meet most global OEM specifications for decorative coatings and offer designers choices with dark and black chromium plating processes.

Our decorative and fashion finishes guide contains the latest automotive specifications. It demonstrates the latest design trends and how to meet them. The guide contains over 120 global plated color standards. Why not request a download from our resource section today?



REACH legislation for hexavalent chromium

2 people inspecting chrome plated parts

Today automotive manufacturers are specifying that chromium plated components must meet the EU REACH* requirements. Essentially this means having plastic components treated and plated in processes which are hexavalent chromium-free. 

Chromium-free etching 

A plastic substrate component is ‘etched’ to ensure adhesion of the plated layers. Etching using our evolve chromium-free process means avoiding the use of hexavalent chromium. 

Trivalent chromium plating

The metallic chromium layer is plated using TRILYTE and Starlite trivalent chromium solutions. These technologies also have the advantage of having 90% less chromium in solution and being PFOS free.

These hexavalent chromium-free REACH compliant technologies meet automotive decorative specifications.

*Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals regulation 1907/2006, Annex XIV


Compliant trivalent chromium coatings which meet automotive specifications

Plated plastic parts must meet adhesion and corrosion resistance tests. Examples include; 

car interior Focus on door handle

Assessing adhesion 

Test method ASTM B533 assesses adhesion. It measures the force required to peel a metallic coating from a plastic substrate. Components etched in the evolve hexavalent chromium-free process meet these requirements.

Assessing corrosion resistance

CASS testing is used to determine a decorative coatings resistance to corrosion. ASTM B368 specifies the number of cycles without the coating showing premature corrosion. Trivalent chromium TRILYTE and Starlite plating processes meet this requirement for both exterior and interior vehicle applications.


Dark and black chromium plating processes are proven in production

Designers can choose from dark chromium through to ‘black’ chromium coatings.  These are all based on trivalent chromium plating solutions.  These choices all meet CASS* requirements. Dark coating are not available from hexavalent chromium plating solutions.

chromium plated automotive car door mirror wings

Dark chromium

Starlite and Twilite plating processes deliver a smoky, dark chromium coating. These processes meet over 25 global automotive specifications. They can be applied to both bright or satin finishes.

Black chromium

A black coating using TriMac Eclipse is our latest production proven coating. TriMac Eclipse is also based on trivalent chromium technology. It delivers a black coating while retaining the metallic feel of chromium.

*Copper-Accelerated Acetic Acid-Salt


What is cyclic corrosion testing?

A typical cyclic corrosion tests comprises of 24-hour cycles of salt fog, elevated temperatures and high humidity. They are regarded as more aggressive than traditional neutral salt spray (NSS) testing. Read more >

What is chromium plating for exterior?

Chromium (or chrome) plating is applied to exterior components to improve car aesthetics. Chromium actually forms a very small (0.3 microns to be precise) part of the total coating. The majority is plated copper and nickel (in total more than 50 microns). These improve ductility and provide the 'mirror' brightness. Chromium is also applied to interior components. Read more >

What is automotive surface finishing technology?

Surface coatings  are applied to a broad range of metal and non-metal surfaces.

These coatings have functional and decorative properties which include uses, such as:

  • Improving wear and tear.
  • Providing corrosion resistance.
  • Decorative uses, such as improving aesthetics.
What is ZinKlad?

ZinKlad is part of ESI Automotives' Quality Performance Systems. ZinKlad helps automotive engineers to specify the right products in a post hexavalent chromium-free world. The steady evolution of the ZinKlad program has enabled many global OEM’s to specify ever-higher performance standards.Specifically it tackles the challenges for high-performance automotive coatings of the future.  Read more >