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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.


High strength steel

Corrosion protection of steel is an important feature to maintain functionality in demanding applications. Our Anti-corrosion coatings provide a uniform black/silver appearance, modify friction / conductivity characteristics as well as improving abrasion resistance and paint adhesion.



The polymers that are being used for decorative trim, electronic components, displays and in-mold electronics are modified to provide; style, individuality, functionality, value, and reliability in various automotive applications. Our surface coatings are applied to plastics to improve aesthetics, haptic feel, and durability.



Aluminum is used in Chassis, battery packs, thermal management systems, powertrain, interior and exterior parts. For many automotive applications the performance needs to be further enhanced using various surface technologies.


We understand protecting and enhancing aluminum, plastic and high strength steels. 

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For over 50 years we have been developing technology which treats these materials. Today, our compliant products exceed most automotive requirements:

  • Protecting aluminum in vehicles from corrosion
  • Plating plastic chromium vehicle trim
  • Protecting steel fasteners from substrate and contact corrosion

For a company which supplies products and expertise worldwide for all these needs. ESI Automotive. Already on it.


About surface coatings used in reducing vehicle weight

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Aluminum surface treatments

Aluminum in vehicles needs protecting. It also needs coatings which improve paint adhesion. These coatings must provide both corrosion resistance and meet organic coating adhesion tests. They must also be free of hexavalent chromium.

Our Iridite conversion coatings and Oxidite anodizing products are proven over many years. They are all chromium-free.

Plating on Plastics (POP)

Describes the electroplating of decorative metals onto ABS* based plastic.

First the ABS need is metalized. This achieved by etching the surface. Then coating the roughened surface with traces of a precious metal. This process provides 'seeds' for depositing the copper, nickel and chromium layers.

Coatings for high strength steels

High strength steel needs coatings to provide corrosion resistance. On threaded fasteners they should meet predefined coefficient of friction ranges. Being high strength, coatings should also prevent the risk of hydrogen embrittlement.

For example, ZinKlad 1000 coatings have a high a surface hardness of 500 HVN. This makes them ideal for self-thread cutting threads, as they will not be removed on assembly.

*Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)


Worldwide supplier of surface treatment technology

We are a global supplier of innovative chemicals for surface treatment of aluminum, plastics and high strength steel.

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With dedicated OEM and Tier 1 teams, we provide expertise. This enables automotive engineers to specify compliant coating technology.
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Our state-of-the art integrated technology enhances future automotive designs and meets environmental regulations.

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A single information point across the automotive supply chain. We provide expertise in coatings for applications such as powertrain, interior / exterior trim and chassis components.











Quality Performance Systems

We supply and develop QPS standards that meet and exceed OEM specifications.

We validate applicators by 

  • Auditing
  • Inspecting
  • Testing 

We track and report results on a global scale to be able to service and improve performance. 

QPS flow chart



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 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 >