Enthone Receives European Patent For Plating-On-Plastics Chromium-Free Etches

Similar patents pertaining to plating-on-plastics applications are pending in the United States and in other countries.

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Enthone was granted a European patent for chromium-free etches for plastic substrates, which covers chemical processes for the preparation treatment and etching of plastic surfaces.

Current and emerging environmental regulations, such as the European REACH chemical regulatory No. 1907/2006 will have a significant impact on plating-on-plastics (POP) applicators. The anticipated regulations are expected to result in further restrictions of plating chemistries that will pose new industry challenges to develop processes that meet stringent OEM performance standards, while meeting regulatory requirements for worker safety and the environment.

To ensure compliance with these pending regulations, over the last several years Enthone has taken the lead to develop technologies specially formulated for POP substrates without making use of chromium (VI) etches.

Vice President of Global Marketing Henri Sep said, “To ensure value creation for our customers and the industries we serve, Enthone is committed to protecting its intellectual property and most especially its patented technology innovations. We continue to respect third party rights and expect the same high standards of business practice from competitors and our partners.”