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Final Report - ECOSAM (The development of a novel hexavalent chrome free environmentally sustainable pre treatment for plastic surfaces using molecular self assembly nano technology)

Project ID: 32367
Funded under: FP6-SME

Abstract

The need to reduce weight and improve fuel efficiency in automobiles is the biggest driving force for the increased use of electroplated plastics. Materials selected for this project was based on the recommendations of the industrial electroplaters and end users. ECOSAM's main objective was to develop a novel surface pre-treatment method for chrome plating on a broad range of plastics.

The developed ECOSAM process is capable of being used to successfully plate polypropylene that on average has a cost which is almost half that of the conventional ABS used today. That is the cost of PP is 50 % less than ABS. Their final report includes images and graphs as well as detailed accounts of how the project realised their objectives.

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Record Number: 11957 / Last updated on: 2011-04-14
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