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Decorative & Plating on Plastics

With the focus on design flexibility, decorative plated plastics (POP) enable style and functionality in exterior and interior applications

POP plating solutions are applied to plastics and light metals (aluminum) to full fill specific automotive requirements. From Interior body trim, frames, door handles and exterior mirror cases, front grills, and emblems we partner with you to deliver the industry’s most stylish and functional finishes.

Plating of lighterweight plastics

Many plastic materials are being made even lighter using glass bubble or other technology, additionally, plastics such as Polyvinylchloride (PVC) and Polyurethane (PUR) are more often used due to the increasing use of electronics applications.

Some of the plastics are more challenging to plate, especially when decorative bright appearances are desired. Apart from Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene/Polycarbonate (ABS/PC) and Polyacrylate (PA) also Polypropylene (PP) is being looked more frequently for reducing weight. Link to general automotive presentation portfolio

Composite plastics

Composites are a combination of polymers and a reinforcing material offering high strength-to-weight ratio. The performance is mostly driven by the type, orientation, and content of the reinforcement (glass/carbon fiber). These composites require special sequences to allow plating. Decorative uniform satin finishes are very popular on these substrates. 

Chromium plating

Within the field of automotive decorative coatings, there is a trend from plastic to light metals such as aluminum, plated with copper, nickel, chromium for decorative purposes, and high corrosion performance. 

ESI Automotive lightweighting solutions, for more efficient cars.