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Hexavalent chromium has been used in the plating industry for about a century. Having been listed as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) in the European Union, its use now requires authorization under REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals).

This classification marked a turning point in the plating industry, which has accelerated the search for alternative plating processes that do not contain hexavalent chromium compounds like chromium trioxide. While Cr(VI)-free chromium processes have been established as viable substitutes in the market for some time due to the additional properties they bring - broader color spectrum and increased corrosion resistance - the introduction of a Cr(VI)-free etching process for plastics has remained a challenge for chemical suppliers for many years.

As a pioneer in the promotion of sustainable technologies, Atotech has invested heavily in the development of Cr(VI)-free technologies. Today, we can offer Covertron®, a production-proven, REACH-compliant, Cr(VI)-free etching process for plastics, already installed at multiple customers around the world. Combined with our well-known TriChrome® family of trivalent chromium plating processes a Cr(VI)-free future for the electroplating industry is a reality within our reach.

In this webinar, Christelle Virion and Dr. Ernesto Salazar will share insights and update you on the very complex situation regarding REACH authorization for chromium trioxide, followed by an introduction of Atotech’s REACH-compliant process solutions for decorative chromium that are available today, concluding with an outlook on the supply chain.

Topics that will be covered in the webinar:

• REACH update
• Atotech processes for decorative Cr(VI)-free chromium plating
- Covertron®
- TriChrome®
• Technical performance
• Field status and outlook
Global Product Manager DECO/PoP
Christelle Virion, graduated chemical engineer, started her career at Atotech France in 2002 as Sales and Technical Engineer. Over the last 20 years, Christelle has worked in different fields at Atotech. From 2006 to 2009, she supported the Paint Support Technology business unit as a Global Technical Engineer. From 2009 to 2011, she served as Global Product Manager in the Corrosion Resistant Coatings business unit. Since 2012, Christelle has been Global Product Manager for Decorative Coatings and Plating on Plastics.

Global Product Director DECO/PoP
Dr. Ernesto Salazar, PhD in chemical engineering and postgraduate in marketing, has worked in the electroplating industry for more than 30 years. He began his career in 1991 as Product Marketing Manager for PCB manufacturing at Atotech in Spain. This was followed by positions as Technical Manager for both the General Metal Finishing (GMF) and Electronics (EL) business units and Business Manager for GMF. Since 2009, Ernesto has been responsible for Atotech's Decorative Coatings and Plating on Plastics business development as Global Product Director.