Hexavalent hard chrome plating is a method of surface finishing used to apply a layer of chromium to metal objects.
Hexavalent chromium is a hazardous substance that presents substantial health and environmental dangers, and this technique uses a solution containing it. Using an electrolytic solution, a layer of chromium is applied to the surface of the object being plated during the plating procedure itself.
The resulting chrome coating is tough, long-lasting, and corrosion-resistant, which makes it perfect for uses where the item will be exposed to challenging conditions. Hexavalent chromium, however, is used in the plating process at great environmental and health risk.
Alternative plating techniques have been developed that use less hazardous substances, including trivalent chromium, to reduce these concerns. Sometimes these alternate plating methods are referred to as “green” or “eco-friendly” methods.
It’s crucial to remember that you should take the proper safety precautions to prevent exposure to yourself and others if you’re working with hexavalent chromium.
This could entail using personal protection equipment (PPE) including gloves, goggles, and a respirator as well as making sure the chemical is handled and ventilated properly.
Global hexavalent hard chrome plating market accounted for $XX Billion in 2022 and is anticipated to reach $XX Billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of XX% from 2023 to 2030.
In March a report on the market for hexavalent hard chrome plating was released. California proposed in May to stop the development of any new chromic acid anodizing or hard chromium electroplating facilities as of and to switch existing decorative chromium electroplating operations to trivalent chromium by January.
Many manufacturers are requesting trivalent chromium to comply with new regulations. Due to its broad application breadth, recent development, escalating trends, merger and acquisition activity, and other factors the hexavalent hard chrome plating market is anticipated to grow extremely quickly.
The California South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has announced in new financing for initiatives to reduce emissions from hexavalent chromium facilities, according to RadTech – The Association for UV & EB Technology.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulatory plan includes a future restriction on using hexavalent chromium for metal plating and chromic acid anodizing activities, therefore the incentive programme was started in preparation of that regulatory proposal.
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