Because hard chrome plating is at risk of being permanently banned by regulations from April 2024, Verbrugge chose to develop electroless nickel coatings 20 years ago.
Among the few substitutes for chrome-plating, electroless nickel plating stands out as a versatile solution that offers hardness and wear resistance similar to those of chrome, while offering far better corrosion resistance.
Nickel coatings with particle inclusions are likely to transcend the performance of hard chrome plating in the near future.
Electroless nickel plating can reach hardnesses of 850 to 1,000 Vickers (Hv 0.1). Such hardness is comparable to that of chrome plating which is often used for its wear resistance capabilities.