Chrome plating without toxic Cr(VI). Eco-Friendly electroplating for automotive plastic parts.
The project freeCr6plat is funded by the SME Instrument of the EU Commission. The project was selected in the call of May 2018, and it has started on 1st of September 2018 with the number of grant agreement 829535. The project is being developed by Avanzare Innovacion Tecnologica SL, a Spanish SME, a leader in the field of Nanotechnology.
Plating plastic is a common technology used in order to reduce the weight of a car, and so that plated parts have an appealing appearance together with good corrosion resistance. For many years, the technology was based on the use of a high content of a toxic and cancer-causing compound called chromium (VI), which is a heavy metal (i.e. of high density) and is a probed carcinogenic compound. It is considered toxic for plants, animals, and humans. EU has restricted their use under REACH directive, however, due to the lack of alternatives, this technology is still in use.
freeCr6plat proposes a revolutionary technology for plating plastics, eliminating the use of chromium (VI), and creating an eco-friendly methodology for electroplating. The project is focused generally on many industries and especially on the automotive industry, where chromium (VI), is used usually and which is one of the most profitable markets for electroplated parts. The project offers a unique and complete solution to the removal of this toxic material. Moreover, one of the most important advantages of the project is that the proposed technology does not imply a change in the facilities, only in the chemicals used for obtaining the same results.
freeCr6plat is not only an environmentally friendly technology by eliminating the chromium (VI), but the technology also reduces the use of chemical compounds in a 30%, the use of water in 35% and a reduction of energy consumption in 50%. Further, this new treatment has several properties that make it superior to the use of Chromium (VI) such as quality and flexibility, high adhesion, and a resistant and appealing finishing. Besides that, the technology can be applied in a wide range of plastic materials. In addition, the solution helps reduce the timing of the process in a 25%, together with a 20% reduction of cost in water treatment.
freeCr6plat is based on proprietary Molecular Self Assembly (SAM) nanotechnology creating a market innovation for plating many types of polymer and reducing the huge environmental impact of those toxic substances. The process is based on different steps: mild oxidation in order to create roughness in the surface to help in the second step of self-assembly of bifunctional molecules, after that the deposition of the layer of nickel electroless that will help in the following steps of creating the final electroplated sample.
freeCr6plat started in the year 2006 with the participation of Avanzare Innovacion Tecnologica SL in ECOSAM project funded by EU Commission under the umbrella of FP6 Programme. The technology was validated in the laboratory 2009. Avanzare participated in SAMDOKAN project of the Eco-innovation Programme from 2012 to 2015, where the first attempts to industrialization were developed. Avanzare Innovacion Tecnologica SL will proceed with the freeCr6plat industrialization of the process, and it will develop the first attempts to place the product in the market after the final testing and the certification of the product.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 829535
Avanzare Innovacion Tecnologica SL has been selected with his project freeCr6plat in the SME instrument call during the cut-off of 23 May 2018. The first meeting of the project took place in its facilities on 24th September 2018.
The meeting paved the basis for the development of the different goals of the project, and the departments involved in the project participated in the meeting. In WP2 and WP3, it is involved the technical department; WP4, WP5 and WP6 will be developed by financial and commercial department. WP1 and WP7 will be coordinated by the Management board.
Avanzare is co-exibiting at Chinaplas (24-27th April 2018) with one of its Chinese Sales Partners: H.J Unkel International Trading.
CHINAPLAS is the largest plastics and rubber fair in the Asia Pacific region and one of the top International Plastics shows in the world. The 32nd International Exhibition on Plastics and Rubber Industries (Chinaplas 2018) is taking place at The National Exhibition and Convention Center, Hongqiao, Shanghai (NECC) (No.333 Songze Avenue Road, Qingpu District, Shanghai, PR China)
CHINAPLAS is the largest plastics and rubber fair in the Asia Pacific region and one of the top International Plastics shows in the world. The 32nd International Exhibition on Plastics and Rubber Industries (Chinaplas 2018) is taking place in the National Exhibition and Convention Center, Hongqiao, Shanghai (NECC) (No.333 Songze Avenue Road, Qingpu District, Shanghai, PR China)
Join our team at H.J Unkel International Trading booth 8.2 J01. to learn the latest developments on antistatic additives for rubber and plastic.
Avanzare will be attending JEC World 2017 together with its Technical Partner Ashland-Hall 5A booth L41
JEC World held at Paris 14-16 of March is the largest composites show in the world that covers the whole composites value chain from raw materials to processors to final products. This relevant date on the industry calendar will be the prefect scenario for getting to know first-hand the new conductive Derakane specially developed for ATEX tanks. This new resin base combines excellent anti-corrosion performance, with the best in class epoxy vinyl ester mechanical properties and graphene’s electrical conductivity, with low-dosage requirement, which prevent mechanical properties deterioration.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 829535.