Vacuum Metalizing

Concerned about the cost and impact of electroplating and coating?
Who wouldn't be? Chrome plating, coating and finishing are essential to the look, durability and quality of your product. But when the financial squeeze is on, investing extra dollars at this stage can really hurt. Not only that, it's getting pretty hard to ignore the health and environmental hazards associated with chrome plating. Hexavalent chromium (the acid in which chrome plating is done) is a known carcinogen. It was at the heart of the lawsuit that made Erin Brokovich famous. Chrome plating processes commonly involve significant use of cyanide. Chrome plating can cause hydrogen embrittlement - turning hardened steel parts into brittle glass. The list goes on.

What if you could use an alternative process that costs less and is safer for your workers and the environment?

Unlike the rest of the world's economic and environmental problems, this one has a solution. It's called vacuum metallizing and Décor Engineering is proud to be an Australian pioneer. From internal and external fittings for the automotive or aeronautical industry, large scale signs or one-off parts, or specialised lighting and electrical components, vacuum metallizing is now THE most cost effective and viable solution.

But won't vacuum metallizing compromise the quality and durability of finish?

Vacuum metallizing has come a long way since the 1960s. Originally developed to use for interior fittings of automobiles (dashboards / lights / armrests etc) the process generally didn't involve a top coat application. This meant that the high shine chrome effect rubbed off easily and fittings were susceptible to scratching.
Not any more. Just as outer body paint for cars (such as the super hard and durable 2pack paints) has progressed, so has vacuum metallizing. Décor Engineering excels in creating metal finishes that will last for ages and that look absolutely brilliant. Our top coats are able to be tinted to produce coloured chromes or imitation gold. And we're not alone. Read about how the world's leading automotive manufacturers are also switching to vacuum metallizing (LINK TO AUTOMOTIVE PAGE).
If weight is an issue then vacuum metallizing is your best option

Whenever performance is at stake, weight is crucial. Because vacuum metallizing adheres to plastic and a range of different light weight metals, you end up with the look and durability of chrome without the weight. As our fossil resources dwindle, fuel efficiency, sustainability and ecological responsibility are the new 'must haves' in every industry. Whatever can give your product the edge will be the difference between part of the 21st century economy and not. Get on board with this technology now and stay ahead of the pack.

Shielding using vacuum metallizing has incredibly wide application potential

Wireless and telecommunications industries, electronics, medical, military, computers, test equipment and aerospace. Vacuum metallized shielding can also be used as a vapour barrier for protecting moisture sensitive marine, military, electronic and telecommunications equipment.
If you want to save money, provide a safe environment for your staff and reduce your carbon footprint, vacuum metalizing is the only choice for your plating and coating needs. Décor Engineering has the largest capacity for vacuum metallizing in the southern hemisphere.Talk to us now about how this compelling technology can benefit your business - no matter what industry you are in.