Coupled with wear resistance, corrosion

Coupled with wear resistance, corrosion resistance is another important factor engineers choose electroless nickel coatings.

The choice of phosphrous level will depend on the specific exposure conditions. For example low phosphrous deposits perform best in strongly alkaline conditions and high phosphorous are better suited to neutral or acidic conditions.

Which ever type of electroless nickel coating is preferred the deposit must be free of porosity, to provide a continuous barrier coating to the underlying substrate.

Read more about benefits of electroless nickel coatings…


Annual German ZinKlad Meeting 2013

ZinKlad logo

25th April 2013 was the date for the annual meeting of the German ZinKlad “club“. This annual gathering facilitates open discussion between all the German ZinKlad Approved Platers and the MacDermid sales, technical and OEM teams.

German ZinKlad Applicators

German ZinKlad Applicators

This year, there was a special surprise as MacDermid Sales Director, Michael Barz, handed out engraved metallic ZAP certificates to mark more than 10 years success of the ZinKlad program in Germany!

The meeting started by Managing Director, Thomas Dyllus, explaining the structure and sales growth of MacDermid GmbH. He also outlined the strategy of innovation and collaboration with the major global automotive manufactures. Both key points which benefit the platers themselves by generating new business potential and technologies which can fulfill these opportunities.

The discussion then turned to the global perspective. European Marketing Manager Mr. Mark Baker highlighted some key successes from the past year in the ZinKlad program which included:

• The rise to some 70 ZAP worldwide including 30 in Europe
• Approval by GM for ZinKlad 1000
• John Deere entering the approval process for ZinKlad 250
• New ZAPs in the emerging India and Thailand markets
• Ford approval of ZinKlad 1000 (S450) and changes to the S437 program which exclusively calls out ZinKlad 96 and 250

Finally this discussion was finished by outlining the ZinKlad vision for the next decade, continued global availability, compliance and performance improvement.

OEM Key Account Managers Otfried Bertram (VW) and Rainer Lakner (BMW/Daimler) then took the opportunity to update the delegates with the latest data from the German automotive industry. This included production, sales and longer term strategies.
They also dedicated time to the success of the MacDermid zinc-nickel Enviralloy NiFlex 12 coated fluid transfer tubes which are post plate deformed. Along with the synergistic TriPass ELV 3100 and HydroKlad Si, this coating is fully approved to VW TL244. As the coating is able to meet the performance specification after post plate deformation, this represents a major cost saving for the automotive
tube supply chain.

The agenda then turned to what tomorrow holds in store for the platers of sacrificial coatings. Christian Zimmermann, Global Anti-corrosion Junior Product Manager introduced the REACH legislation, and in particular how it relates to cobalt containing trivalent passivates. As this (cobalt) material may be prohibited in future, MacDermid already have cobalt free passivation systems working in the field. The new 7000 range of TriPass trivalent chromium passivates can be applied to both zinc and zinc alloys and operate in both rack and barrel.

A new zinc-nickel was then introduced, Enviralloy Ni-Speed. A bright zinc-nickel for rack plating which is designed to overcome deficiencies with current processes, namely brightness and plating speed. By adopting this new process platers can give a better appearance to their zinc-nickel plated parts and produce them in a shorter plating time, thus increasing production capacity.

ZinKlad certificate

ZinKlad metal certificate

The meeting concluded with an open discussion by the Platers before being presented with the new engraved plaques. Everyone agreed that the meeting had added value to their current perspective of the German automotive requirements. They all look forward to the next meeting in 2014, and of course hanging the new plaques on their reception walls!For further information, please contact Michael Barz –

Wear resistance is a primary benefit of

Wear resistance is a primary benefit of electroless nickel coatings. This attribute is used by engineers to prolong the life of many components including gears, cylinder liners and fuel injection systems.

Generally speaking an electroless nickel wear resistance is related to its hardness. The hardness of the most popular medium phosphorous electroless nickel systems is between 450 and 600 HV (no heat treatment). This gives an equivalent wear resistance of 22 – 26 mg / 1000 cycles when measured by the Taber Wear Index (TWI).

The hardness is increased to over 900 HV by heat treating the deposit, resulting in reduced weight loss when measured by the TWI to less than 18 mg/1000 cycles.

Q-Klad builds on the success of MacDermi

Q-Klad builds on the success of MacDermid’s partnership programs with use of new control techniques that address the weaknesses inherent in current supply chain. These control measures address the critically important quality factors that major global OEM’s seek to standardise with regards to decorative chrome finishes, namely colour and satin. Q-Klad’s aim is to deliver consistency of these finishes that is both controlled and measurable. Each and every Q-Klad applicator has identical output measuring capability, providing the first genuine global network of assured finishing capability.

Satin finishes and dark chromium have be

Satin finishes and dark chromium have become highly desirable finishes for many automotive companies and continue to gain popularity as stylists seek to differentiate designs and brands.

Combined they consitute the MacDermid Fashion Finish range, extensively specified by leading global automotive manufacturers.

High Phosphorus Electroless Nickel is us

High Phosphorus Electroless Nickel is used extensively in onshore and offshore drilling applications. This coating provides exceptional corrosion protection, critical when components require protection for many years in harsh environments.

MacDermid has a full range of high phosphorus electroless nickel processes that are ELV, RoHS and WEEE compliant. We also offer processes that are completely cadmium and lead free.

Film Insert Moulding (FIM) is a versatil

Film Insert Moulding (FIM) is a versatile and cost effective method of decorating and manufacturing durable plastic parts, it is an advanced form of In Mould Decoration (IMD) or In Mould Labelling (IML). The flat film is firstly reverse decorated (normally screen printed) then optionally formed, cut and finally back injection moulded. With FIM you can easily integrate components such as lens and body into a single unit using just one of our hardcoated films.

Electroless nickel is often used to plat

Electroless nickel is often used to plate brake pistons to improve wear resistance. Typically a bright, ELV compliant medium phosphorus electroless is used. This deposit can be heat treated to further increase the hardness of the deposit. A bright electroless nickel deposit is preferred as this deposit reduces friction.

NiKlad ELV 835, a very high speed, bright 4 – 7% phosphorous electroless nickel, combines high hardness and wear resistance both with good corrosion protection. This makes it ideal for this application. Read more…

MacDermid companies team up for Automotive Interiors Expo 2013

MacDermid companies team up for Automotive Interiors Expo 2013

Hall 3, Stand A5425


MacDermid Autotype will be teaming up with MacDermid Industrial for Automotive Interiors Expo 2013 to demonstrate how the latest film insert moulding and coating solutions improve the quality and production processes of automotive interior design.  Automotive Interiors Expo 2013, which takes place at Messe Stuttgart, Germany from 4-6 June, is a key event for the automotive interiors community, bringing together the world’s leading manufacturers in a highly specialised exhibition.

XMAPP, QKlad, MacDermid, Autotype

XMAPP and Q-Klad logos

MacDermid Autotype, a manufacturer of specialised films, and MacDermid Industrial, a specialty chemical manufacturer, aim to fire the imagination of designers and stylists to the potential of FIM and chemical coatings to producing cost-effective, impactful and robust finishes.  “We aim to show visitors that, together, our two companies can provide solutions for automotive interior designers, from hard-coated film for dashboards to attractive, resilient metallics for the detailing of features such as door handles and gear knobs,” explains Alan Gardner, Global Marketing Manager, MacDermid Industrial, who will be presenting at the event.  “These features, quite frankly, add a lot of value and, from a design point of view, can make or break a sale. We want to inspire OEM designers to build these solutions into the design during the early stages. By considering our products at this phase, stunning effects can be created allowing them to deliver quality parts that can be tough as well as aesthetically pleasing.”

Automotive Interiors Expo 2013 is dedicated to the latest developments and product launches for the Automotive community.  The event brings together car designers and manufacturers, styling houses, and the full spectrum of car interiors suppliers all under one roof and so the solutions presented on the MacDermid stand are set to be a focus of attention throughout the show.

For further information contact Joanna Locke, MacDermid Autotype, Grove Road, Wantage, Oxon.  OX12 7BZ.  Tel: 01235 771111.  Fax: 01235 771196.

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About MacDermid Autotype

MacDermid Autotype is the leading global innovator, designer, developer and manufacturer of specialised screen print chemicals and films. In recent years MacDermid Autotype products have brought screen printing to new levels of control and repeatability, reinforcing the benefits of the process for many demanding industrial printing applications.

MacDermid Autotype also manufacture a wide range of speciality films for membrane switches, touch switches and Film Insert Moulding (FIM) products for the automotive, telecommunications and domestic appliance sector. With specialist expertise in precision coating technology, MacDermid Autotype transforms and enhances the performance of films for many high technology and demanding applications.   MacDermid Autotype’s most recent launches have been hardcoated films for the membrane touch switch market, offering unique steel finishes to silky soft to the touch textures.

The company is part of MacDermid Group Inc., a leading global provider of high value-added specialty chemicals and technical services. MacDermid serves the metal and plastics finishing, electronics, oil production and drilling, and graphic arts markets. Established in 1922 MacDermid employs over 2,000 people in operating facilities located in over 24 countries.

About MacDermid Industrial Solutions

MacDermid Industrial Solutions is in the international business of researching, developing, manufacturing, marketing, and servicing, for optimum profit to us and our customers, specialty chemicals and coatings for  metal and plastic substrates– in accordance with accepted ecologic and social considerations. We are a key component of the surface finishing supply chain for industries including aerospace, automotive, electronics, plumbing and tubular furniture.

MacDermid was founded in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1922 by a Scottish immigrant named Archie J. MacDermid. Archie sold the company to the employees, led by Harold Leever, in 1959. Harold believed that people were the company’s most important asset. Harold had a deep respect and affection for the “family” of workers. He left MacDermid with a strong legacy of caring about our employees, and a well stated Philosophy that outlines our core beliefs. In the 60’s and 70’s, MacDermid expanded from its metal finishing roots into plating on plastics and electronics, and also expanded globally into Europe and Asia. Beginning in the mid-80’s MacDermid invested in a number of acquisitions increasing its reach into the current business and expanded into new markets.

MacDermid have updated the finish protoc

MacDermid have updated the finish protocol for ZinKlad 250 – Ford S437. From April 2013, Torque ‘N’ Tension 08 and 15 will be the preferred topcoats. Additionally ZinKlad 96 is now added as S437U for zinc plated and trivalent passivated finishes without a topcoat.

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