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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.

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We meet environmental automotive directives

Meeting directives and compliance

Around the world environmental concerns are driving local authorities to introduce legislative measures. These include the surface coating industry which has responded by introducing technology which is not only compliant but reduces consumption of commodities such as water.

At ESI Automotive, our technology exceeds the latest international requirements which include:

ELV - End Of Life Vehicles

Chromium plating is carried out with our hexavalent chromium-free technology. To further improve corrosion resistance, our chromium-free post dip is recommended.

OEM and Industry specific restricted materials lists

Our copper / nickel / chromium finishes meet the demanding performance requirements of the world’s leading OEMs. The exceptional corrosion resistance provided by both systems in conjunction with multilayer nickel and chromium enable the coating to withstand extreme conditions, both inside and out of the vehicle!

PFOS – Perfluorooctanesulfonate

As well as being completely free from hexavalent chromium, our TRILYTE chromium plating technology and evolve etching process for plastics, are both PFOS-free.

REACh - Registration, Evaluation and Approval of Chemicals 

A regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. Our processes are designed to be compliant with this legislation, including  evolve etching process for plastics and ANKOR zero discharge plating equipment for hard chrome plated shock absorbers.

RoHS - Restriction of Hazardous Substances

This restricts the use of specific hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products (known as EEE). Surface finishing technology is often applied to grounding fasteners and connectors to maintain conductivity throughout the component life. ZinKlad 750 and NiKlad electroless nickel finishes are free from lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium , polybrominated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and phthalates.

Closely related to this is WEEE, the Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE Directive) for electronic equipment such as computers and cell phones. Being free of the materials outlined above, our surface finishing technology is WEEE compliant.

Waste-water reduction

Plating line waste-water discharge limits are constantly being reduced. Our products and processes are designed to significantly reduce 'environmental footprint', giving improved environmental compliance and sustainability.