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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.


We understand the importance of plastic substrates for reducing vehicle weight, its why our market leading hardcoat films and decorative coatings are already extensively used in automotive applications 

Smart surfaces in automotive interiors; what does the future hold?

The evolution of mobile phone design – moving away from buttons in favor of sleek smart screens with touch screen functionality – is making its way into automotive interior design, with smart surface embedded displays becoming an integral part of modern-day cars. Essentially, this means that display screens replace dials, and capacitive/touch control replace toggle switches.  

For this reason, the use of hardcoated films for interior applications is growing.

A benefit of hardcoated films for interior display screens is to reduce weight whilst maintaining the high quality of the multitasking interfaces. Varying gloss levels enable use of these surfaces at higher (brighter) and lower (darker) locations in the car interior. Additionally, capacitive touch surfaces (manufactured with hardcoated films) reduce complexity and therefore weight.

To find out more about how our hardcoated plastics can help with your design, click here.

Environmental compliance, the end of chromium plating, right?

As a design engineer, you already understand the benefits of chromium plated plastics. You know that car owners desire that quality and metallic feel that only plated plastic delivers. You also understand that environmental directives are challenging applicators to be REACh compliant and use less resources such as water.

Now you are designing the next generation vehicles and deciding on coatings for interior and exterior trim. You want to be sure that the applicator base can both meet the technical coating requirements while meeting those local environmental directives

At ESI Automotive we also understand this. Its why we introduced our hexavalent chromium-free evolve etching process for plastics and TRILYTE trivalent chromium plating technology. Both deliver performance to meet automotive requirements, even for exterior trim, while ensuring applicators can meet directives such as REACh.

For more information on our environmentally compliant decorative coatings, click here.