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Regulations Designed to Protect against the Safety and Environmental Hazards of Hexavalent Chrome Have Increased the Cost of Chrome Plating.

DUBLIN, Ireland -- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c38418) has announced the addition of Chrome Plating Alternatives Thermal Spray, Electroless Plating, and Others to their offering.

Chrome Plating Alternatives, a new study on alternatives to traditional chrome plating and their markets. This comprehensive examination of the subject discusses the various technologies, the industries in which they will-and won't-be used, and forecasts to 2011.

Chrome Plating Industry

--Environmental and health issues

--Effects of pollution control laws

--The industry today

--Drawbacks in hard chrome

--Economic factors

Chrome Plating Target Market Analysis

--Aerospace

--Decorative

--Industrial

Chrome Plating Alternatives

--Trivalent chrome

--Plasma spray

--High velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF)

--Electroless nickel boron plating

--Electroless nickel composite plating

--Electrodeposited nanocrystalline cobalt-phosphorus coating

--Electro-spark deposition

--Explosive bonding

--Physical vapor deposition (PVD)

--Intensified plasma-assisted processing

--Nickel-cobalt alloy coating

Market Demand

--Aerospace

Actuator hydraulics

Landing gear

Gas turbines

Other components

--Automotive

--Decorative

--General industry

--Heavy equipment

--Oil field applications

--Power industry

Background on Chrome Plating Alternatives

Used in a wide range of industries-aerospace, heavy equipment, automotive, papermaking, and others-chrome plating has become increasingly difficult in recent years. Regulations designed to protect against the safety and environmental hazards of hexavalent chrome have increased the cost of chrome plating and burdened facilities performing plating services.

Several alternatives to chrome plating are available. High-velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) is often favored due to its high performance, relatively low cost, and fast turnaround time. In fact, HVOF will dominate most chrome substitutions. However, several interesting new technologies may establish their own markets within a few years. These include electroless nickel composite plating, which can deposit diamond-composite coatings and is not restricted to line-of-sight geometries. Other emerging techniques include explosive bonding, which allows stainless-steel coatings, and electrodeposited nanocrystalline cobalt-phosphorus alloys specifically targeted at inner diameters.

Although many predicted that industry would make a sudden changeover from chrome plating to one of these new technologies that has failed to happen. Yet some market sectors have made-or are beginning to make-the switch.

And while industry downsizing and consolidation has led to the closure or offshore relocation of as many as half of the chrome plating shops in North America, the chrome plating market today is fairly stable:

--Many chrome plating shops are now thriving

--Many customers have little or no interest in giving up on chrome

--The legislative push toward alternatives has stabilized in North America

--Europe is ambivalent and Asia is largely unconcerned with regulating chrome plating

Suppliers of alternative coating/plating technologies are facing highly segmented markets where chrome plating users are resistant to making large capital investments.

Understand the Markets

Success for chrome plating alternatives will depend almost completely on economic competitiveness. At a time of tremendous flux and instability-within the supplier and user communities and the economy at large-the course of chrome alternatives in this decade is by no means clear. The success of chrome alternatives will depend on many factors and ultimately will come down to individual decisions based on economics. This market study Chrome Plating Alternatives examines each alternative technology in detail: its capabilities, its limitations, and its applications. It also explores the potential in each industry and forecasts market growth to 2011.

Chapters are as follows:

Chapter 1: Executive Summary

Chapter 2: Introduction

Chapter 3: The Chrome Plating Industry

Chapter 4: Market Drivers and Target Markets

Chapter 5: Chrome Plate Alternative Technologies

Chapter 6: Market Forecasts

List of Report Tables and Figures

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c38418
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