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Frequently Asked Questions

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 an aluminum component on a vehicle?

To enable car weight reduction, new alloys and castings have been developed. This allows design of aluminum brake calipers, chassis and drive train components. Read more >

What is ADAS technology?

ADAS stands for Advanced Driver-assistance Systems. There are 5 levels, with level 5 being completely autonomous. The technology trends which drive higher levels are miniaturization and enhanced reliability of components and the use of unique substrates. Read more >

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 >

What are lightweight materials for cars?

Lightweight materials for cars enable weight reduction. In production vehicles these are usually aluminum, high strength steels and plastics. Read more >

What are in-mold electronics?

In-mold electronics are the application of conductive inks on to thin plastic films. Typically, these are hardcoated and then formed into a 3D component.

With the increasing number of displays in cars combined with the rise of electric vehicles, the use of IME is helping to reduce the weight and complexity of parts, allowing manufacturers to extend the battery range even further. Read more >

What is Innolot solder?

Innolot is a patented solder alloy. The metallurgical approach behind the alloy’s development was to increase the creep-fatigue resistance compared to the standard SAC alloy.  Read more >

What do the ESI Automotive cars demonstrate?

ESI Automotive focuses on; extending power range and efficiency in electric vehicles (EVs); safety in radar and vision systems for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and Displays and in-mold electronic structures (D&IME), in particular, integrated touchscreen films. The hero car images highlight these main application areas. Read more >

Who is ESI Automotive?

The ESI Automotive initiative helps automotive manufacturers, their supply tiers, PCB board fabricators and surface finishing applicators to meet the evolving demands of the automotive industry. 

ESI Automotive have forged strong connections with automotive manufacturers all over the world. Those relationships led us to understand that the needs of the automotive industry are changing. These changes include integration of surface finishing technology, hardcoated films, advanced circuitry and joining materials.  Read more>