Frome Chrome to Nickel

The choice of nickel :
durability, strength and versatility

Parce que le chromage-dur risque d’être définitivement banni par la réglementation dès 2024, Verbrugge a fait le choix, il y-a 20 ans déjà, de développer les revêtements de nickel chimique.



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.

High hardness

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.

Specialized injection mold designed for the precise manufacturing of covers for cups. With special attention to quality and durability, this mold optimizes the manufacturing process, thanks to high-phosphorus electroless nickel plating.
Pieces arranged on a workbench, cooling after the heat treatment. This crucial step ensures thermal stabilization, enhancing the adhesion of nickel to the pieces. The attention to the cooling phase guarantees optimal quality for each component coming out of the heat treatment process.

Wear and abrasion resistance

Electroless nickel plating is a coating that is sometimes more resistant to all forms of wear than chrome plating: adhesive, abrasive, corrosive, fatigue, electric wear and cavitation erosion. Nickel-plated parts are therefore able to withstand a wide range of stresses, even in the most demanding corrosive environments.

An non-toxic alternative

Unlike traditional chrome plating, electroless nickel plating does not use carcinogenic substances such as hexavalent chromium (Cr6+). That makes it a more environmentally-friendly and healthier alternative. You can therefore benefit from exceptional performance without compromising your commitment to sustainable development.

Versatility and regularity

Electroless nickel plating can adhere to a wider range of materials than chrome plating: steels and cast irons, of course, but also aluminium and copper alloys. This electrolysis-free process is much better suited to complex-shaped parts, onto which it will deposit with exemplary precision. This versatility makes it the ideal solution for a wide range of applications.

“High performance” nickel plating

High phosphorus electroless nickel is a high-end surface treatment that will optimize the performance and reliability of your machines. Whatever your industrial sector, it will meet your needs due to its unique properties of corrosion resistance, durability and precision.

Substantial half-arch piece, undergoing electroless nickel plating followed by a hardening heat treatment. This sequence of processes aims to provide corrosion protection and strengthen the structure of the piece for optimal mechanical resistance. The piece is ready to face rigorous conditions after this combination of treatments.

If you’re looking for an alternative to chrome plating that offers high hardness and wear resistance while resisting corrosion, electroless nickel plating is the solution. At Verbrugge, we are there to meet your specific needs and provide you with high-quality coating solutions that exceed your expectations.

Choose durability, strength and versatility.