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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.