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VENUS - A new type of chrome-free coating

Reference number
Coordinator Provexa AB
Funding from Vinnova SEK 1 283 000
Project duration March 2019 - April 2020
Status Completed
Venture Innovationsprojekt i företag 2018
Call Innovationsprojekt i företag - hösten 2018

Purpose and goal

The purpose of the project is to replace chrome plating with a new type of chrome-free coating possessing the same functionality but based on low dimensional carbon material. The goals were to decrease the environmental impact, costs and extend the service life. The project reached the goals with Venus, a coating giving 3-5 times better service life than regular chrome plating. During the project a new direction was discovered and developed: a coating that is both chromium- and nickel-free. This can be achieved, but it more research and development is needed.

Expected results and effects

Several tests were conducted both by RISE, which compared the obtained values to different vehicles standards, and by furniture manufacturers. The results confirmed the Venus coating is a good match, finish and colour, to decorative chrome. It also meets requirements for abrasion resistance, gloss, adhesion and achieves better ductility and corrosion resistance than regular chrome plating. Venus is somewhat softer than chrome but using the right application it still meets customer needs. Finally, it gives an extend service life and reduces the environmental impact.

Planned approach and implementation

We developed a strong collaboration with the consultants, institutes and university that participated in the project. Regular meetings were arranged (approximately once a month) where the relevant participants were presents. During those meetings results were shared and discussed to find the best way to move forward in the project. This allowed us to converge quickly toward the best method and results. The project was slightly delayed mainly due to the lead time to receive key material.

The project description has been provided by the project members themselves and the text has not been looked at by our editors.

Last updated 19 June 2020

Reference number 2018-05148

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