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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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Press Release

Jan 31, 2022

MacDermid Enthone acquires HSO

MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions Announces Acquisition of Chemical Developer HSO Herbert Schmidt GmbH & Co. KG.

Waterbury, CT – January 27, 2022 – MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions, a global leading manufacturer of chemical compounds used in surface finishing applications, has acquired HSO Herbert Schmidt GmbH & Co. KG. a privately-held multinational developer of technology for surface treatment. 

Founded in 1936, HSO develops and manufactures highly specialized chemicals for the surface finishing industry, specializing in the field of plating on plastics and sustainable plating technologies. The business is headquartered in Solingen, Germany and has its products distributed in 29 countries. HSO’s product range includes technologies for plating on a wide array of substrates including plastics, aluminum alloys, and a variety of metals. 

“We are very excited to announce the acquisition of HSO. Their corporate values and strong commitment to technology make us very similar and compatible.  This addition further supports our ongoing efforts to provide solutions which lead our customers, industry, and the markets we serve to a sustainable future. With this combination we reconfirm our commitment to the surface finishing market and continue our strategy of continual investment to enable our customers’ enhanced competitiveness. HSO brings with it a talented and experienced team that can add immediate value to our customers,” said Richard Lynch, Senior Vice President of MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions. 

This acquisition follows the recent addition of Coventya to the MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions business and represents another step in our commitment to invest in innovative technologies, solutions, products, and services for the plating and surface finishing industries. 

MacDermid Enthone acquires Herbert Schmidt
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About MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions

MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions innovates and manufactures chemical compounds for all surface coating applications including cleaning, activating, brightening, electro and electroless plating, phosphating, anti-tarnishing and rust inhibiting. Our products improve the durability and aesthetics of both metal and plastic surfaces. End use applications for our treatments include aerospace, automotive, electronics, luxury goods, oil & gas, and sanitary fittings. In these industries, MacDermid Enthone is the supply chain partner who adds value to your business. 

MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions is a business unit of Element Solutions Inc (NYSE: ESI). Element Solutions Inc is a leading specialty chemicals company whose businesses supply a broad range of solutions that enhance the products people use every day.