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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.

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Mar 25, 2022

Developing the QPS programs

ZinKlad and COVENTEC

The first big challenge for the QPS program is the merger of ZinKlad and COVENTEC. Both programs are well known in the market have an excellent reputation at OEM level and in the entire supply chain. Both programs stand for highest quality, reliable processes, and best customer support. 

When having a closer look to both programs, there is just a small overlap, but a big part of addition, that makes the program even more complete. Before any changes take place, it is important to analyze both programs thoroughly, identify the benefits and develop the best future structure out of it. The best out of two worlds! But whatever we plan, we will make sure that no current approvals will get lost and that the automotive industry accepts the proposed changes. We will keep you regularly posted in the next newsletters. 

Replacing hexavalent chromium

Demonstration of decorative chromium plating finishes

The replacement of hexavalent chromium in the automotive industry arrived at the next level, especially for decorative applications, like plating on plastics (POP) and decorative chromium plating on metals.

We believe that this is a good point in time, to extend the DecoKlad program accordingly. The recent acquisitions provided us with additional processes and additional experts – a nice recipe for further growth in a more demanding market. 

Light metals

Car being manufactured

With the fast-growing demand for light weight construction, the use of light materials, especially Aluminum, will increase more and more in the future. Our global Light Metal Solutions (LMS) team has already many good solutions in their portfolio, that can fulfil the high requirements of the automotive industry, and the LMS R&D team work on future solutions that will represent a new state of the art in the industry. We already working on a QPS program for light metals. It currently has the working title 'AluKlad'. 

In the next newsletters, we will give you a more detailed introduction of the different QPS systems.