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Chromium is widely used in electroplating but its use presents significant challenges due to the toxicity of hexavalent chromium (Cr VI), known for its harmful effects on human health and the environment. In response to these concerns, trivalent chromium (Cr III) has emerged as a sustainable and safe solution to replace hexavalent chromium.

The toxicity of hexavalent chromium

Hexavalent chromium has been used for a long time in electroplating for its excellent mechanical strength and substrate adhesion properties. However, hexavalent chromium has been classified as carcinogenic and poses a threat to human health and the environment, which is why its use is expected to be banned in the near future.

Trivalent chromium as a safe and sustainable alternative

In response to these concerns, trivalent chromium has gained popularity as a safer and sustainable alternative. Trivalent chromium is a form of chromium with significantly lower toxicity. Major chemical manufacturers have developed the process over the years, making it a high-performance and attractive choice for the electroplating industry.

Advantages of trivalent chromium

Safety: Trivalent chromium is less toxic and presents a lower risk to human health and the environment than hexavalent chromium.

Regulatory compliance: The use of trivalent chromium helps companies comply with the strictest environmental regulations and occupational safety laws.

Effectiveness: Trivalent chromium is effective in protecting against corrosion, increasing mechanical strength and producing high-quality chrome coatings.

Cost reduction: Using trivalent chromium may lead to a reduction in costs associated with hazardous waste management and safety requirements.

Sustainability: The switch to trivalent chromium is an important step towards more sustainable production, reducing the environmental impact and improving the reputation of companies.

Applications of trivalent chrome in electroplating

Trivalent chrome is suitable for a wide range of electroplating applications, including tapware, furniture and automotive.

OMIG at the forefront in driving electroplating towards greater sustainability

The transition to trivalent chromium in electroplating is a crucial step towards a more sustainable and safer future for the industry. This safer alternative contributes to protecting human health and the environment and also to ensuring compliance with upcoming regulatory changes while reducing the costs associated with hazardous waste management. Electroplating with trivalent chromium is a tangible demonstration of how innovation can improve the sustainability of industrial practices.

OMIG is by the side of customers and chemical manufacturers in the evolution of increasingly more sustainable electroplating solutions.

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