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In recent years, functional chrome plating has come under enormous pressure from the environmental agencies in North America and Europe to limit the discharge of certain substances such as chromic acid and PFOS/PFAS fume suppressants.

With Fumalock® Atotech has developed a fume suppressing process for functional hard chrome which is easier to control, operate and can comply with non-PFOS and non-PFAS legislation and directives. Fumalock® provides effective reduction of chromic acid mist during the plating operation, facilitates a safer working environment and can reduce the possibility of contaminating peripherals around the plating tank by chromic acid fumes.

Fumalock® can achieve up to two times lower values of emissions compared to existing processes. Additionally, Fumalock® possesses strong resistance to hard water and excellent tolerance to metal impurities.

We would like to invite you to our first webinar on the Fumalock® process and share with you details of the process operation and benefits during a 25-minute session:

• How fume suppressants work in functional hard chrome baths
• What is Fumalock®?
• Process chemistry
• Replenishment and control
• Summary
Global Product & Business Development Manager
Shakeel Akhtar, Global Product Manager & Business Development Manager WRC, has worked for Atotech for over 30 years. As a specialist in electroless nickel plating, he has extensive knowledge of surface finishing including functional chrome. At Atotech, Shakeel has held various positions such as R&D Development Chemist, Product Specialist, Global Application Manager, Technology Manager and Product Manager for Wear Resistant Coatings. He has gained extensive international experience serving customers around the world and was based in Singapore for six years. In his current position Shakeel oversees Atotech's global product range and business development opportunities for WRC.