FCI and Impact Coatings Enter Sales Agreement

FCI, a supplier of connectors and interconnect systems, has been evaluating Silver MaxPhase, Impact Coatings’ gold plating replacement technology, and the companies have agreed to commercialize the contact finishing solution.

FCI, a supplier of connectors and interconnect systems, has been evaluating Silver MaxPhase, Impact Coatings’ gold plating replacement technology, and the companies have agreed to commercialize the contact finishing solution.

As part of the two-year agreement, FCI will market and sell Impact Coatings’ patented contact coating Silver MaxPhase. FCI’s customers include some of the world’s largest electronics companies. Impact Coatings will support FCI with technical knowhow, sales support, and production capacity for prototype samples.

For Impact Coatings, the agreement creates a powerful channel to major end-customers. FCI has better access to end-customers with respect to select Silver MaxPhase over regular gold plating. FCI obtains exclusive rights to promote Silver MaxPhase to certain application areas set out in the agreement.

The Silver MaxPhase finish replaces gold finish for electrical contacts. Impact says its finishing solution leads to both reduced cost and better electrical conductivity. Silver MaxPhase is being coated using physical vapor deposition instead of electroplating, resulting in a significant reduction of hazardous substances, and the ability to set up production without the environmental licenses required for plating.