Skip to main content


  • 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.

Car gearbox with cutaway

Phosphating coatings

How do you protect high strength steel fasteners without inducing hydrogen embrittlement?*

A major trend in automotive fastening technology is smaller parts using high strength steel fasteners to reduce component weight. The expanding new categories of fasteners   replace traditional permanent joining methods, such as adhesives, rivets, and welding, which inherently do not allow component disassembly.  Additionally new powertrain, gearbox, and fastener designs are being investigated for use in electrical vehicles. 

In these applications KeyKote phosphate solutions provide corrosion and wear resistance. These coatings readily absorb oil and other lubricants, providing predictable coefficient of friction properties. Read more about the phosphate coatings in our article published in Fastener and Fixing magazine.

Types of KeyKote phosphate coatings 

Automotive engineers can choose between 3 types of coating:

  1. Heavy weight zinc phosphate, recommended for corrosion resistance.
  2. Manganese phosphate gives excellent wear resistance.
  3. Micro-crystalline zinc phosphate recommended for predictable coefficient of friction properties.

Our sustainable processes are nickel-free, an important consideration for applicators as it reduces sludge formation to meet local waste water discharge criteria.

To find out more about protecting your high tensile fasteners, contact us today.

*HE also known as hydrogen assisted cracking (HAC) and hydrogen-induced cracking (HIC), describes the embrittling of metal after being exposed to hydrogen.