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Hauzer acquires "Cromatipic", chroming system for automotive market

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

IHI Hauzer Techno Coating in The Netherlands has acquired the intellectual property rights and trade marks for "Cromatipic", formerly owned by Sidasa Engineering in Spain.

The Hauzer headquarters are in Venlo, The Netherlands. Source: Peter von Bechen/

The Hauzer headquarters are in Venlo, The Netherlands. Source: Peter von Bechen/

All responsibilities, ownership of process, technology and factory engineering have been included in this transaction and Hauzer will be supplier of consumables to all "Cromatipic" users worldwide.

Technology replaces electroplating

"Cromatipic" is an environmentally friendly technology that replaces electroplating on varied plastic substrates and future aluminium alloys for many applications. The technology uses only two process steps, where electroplating needs many more. With the technology a flexible chrome layer is applied that needs no top coat. The end result passes all common automotive requirements for automotive interior and exterior parts. The technology has already been proven and delivered in combination with the inline production platform the "Metalliner".

Leading supplier of PVD

IHI Hauzer Techno Coating belongs to the IHI Group, that has headquarters in Japan, and is a leading supplier of Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) technology and equipment for the tool, tribological and decorative markets worldwide. "Cromatipic" is a worthwhile addition to Hauzer’s portfolio that will serve existing and new customers, especially in the automotive market.

Services in metal and non-metal applications

For the IHI Group as a whole, the acquisition is a step further towards state-of-the-art solutions for global challenges in the automotive industry. Going forward, IHI Hauzer Techno Coating and its sister companies such as IHI Ionbond AG, IMS and VTN will work together to provide a comprehensive portfolio of services in both metal and non-metal applications, furthering IHI’s ambition of becoming a global leader in heat treatment and surface treatment technology markets which are expected to show significant future growth.

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