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Research and Markets

February 10, 2016 09:36 ET

Markets in Wear Coatings -- New Legislative Initiatives Leading to Growing Interest in Chromium-Free Coatings

DUBLIN, IRELAND --(Marketwired - February 10, 2016) - Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Markets in Wear Coatings: Hard Chrome and its Alternatives -- 2016" report to their offering.

This new report is a comprehensive examination of hard chrome wear coatings and chrome replacement. It discusses the various technologies and the industries in which they will, and won't, be used.

Hard chrome plating has overcome increasing obstacles to market growth in recent years. Industry downsizing and consolidation following toughened legislation led to the closure or offshore relocation of as many as half of the chrome plating shops in North America, but the remaining chrome plating industry has been stable for several years. Most chrome plating shops, having accommodated new regulations, are now thriving and profitable.

A number of alternatives to hard chrome are available. The chief substitute is thermal spray, in particular high-velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF), often favored due to its high strength and wear resistance and fast turnaround time. Some of the industry has begun transitioning to high-velocity air-fueled (HVAF) and high energy plasma spray. Thermal spray as a rule, however, faces fundamental limitations such as high cost, low throughput and difficulty with complex shapes or non-line of sight situations.

The big news is that hard trivalent chrome, long sought as a more health- and environmentally-friendly alternative to hex chrome, is now a commercial reality. Hard trivalent chrome coatings have been demonstrated in large scale production and the technology is now available.

The impact will be significant on established markets for hex chrome plating, since it's among the most economical and easily implemented hex chrome substitute. The good news for chrome platers is that they can convert to hard trivalent chrome coatings with relative ease and remain at the forefront of wear coating technology.

However, new legislative initiatives, particularly REACH in Europe, have made many nervous about any chromium content at all in their coatings, leading to growing interest in chromium-free coatings.

For wear coating markets, the picture is wildly uncertain. Users face wild swings in the cost of raw materials and uneven economic growth. Coating demand in the oil and gas sector went from frenzied to dormant in a short couple of years as a worldwide glut reduced demand for coatings.

Report Structure:

Executive Summary

1: Introduction

2: The Hard Chrome Plating Industry

3: Hard Chrome Markets and Market Drivers

4: Alternative Technologies to Hexavalent Chrome Plating

5: Markets for Chrome Alternatives

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