If a coating is intended to improve the properties of a base material, add new properties or protect the surface, electroplating continues to play a key role in many sectors as an effective and cost-efficient process. As a result of increasing customer requirements in terms of process transparency, high personnel and energy costs, and steadily growing demands regarding occupational and chemical safety, driven in particular by the European Chemicals Regulation REACH, the pressure to innovate is high. In order to address these challenges, we are working intensively on the digitalization of our coating processes and on fully automated, environmentally compatible and resource-efficient process technology. In collaboration with our customers and partners, we develop solutions for a wide range of issues, including the topics of Cr(VI) substitution, REACH-compliant pretreatment and coating of plastics, pretreatment for hybrid injection molding, coating development for multi-material systems, and electrochemical processes for the recycling of rare earths.
Rowena Duckstein M.Sc., Group Manager