The first big challenge for the QPS program is the merger of ZinKlad and COVENTEC. Both programs are well known in the market have an excellent reputation at OEM level and in the entire supply chain. Both programs stand for highest quality, reliable processes, and best customer support.
When having a closer look to both programs, there is just a small overlap, but a big part of addition, that makes the program even more complete. Before any changes take place, it is important to analyze both programs thoroughly, identify the benefits and develop the best future structure out of it. The best out of two worlds! But whatever we plan, we will make sure that no current approvals will get lost and that the automotive industry accepts the proposed changes. We will keep you regularly posted in the next newsletters.
The replacement of hexavalent chromium in the automotive industry arrived at the next level, especially for decorative applications, like plating on plastics (POP) and decorative chromium plating on metals.
We believe that this is a good point in time, to extend the DecoKlad program accordingly. The recent acquisitions provided us with additional processes and additional experts – a nice recipe for further growth in a more demanding market.
With the fast-growing demand for light weight construction, the use of light materials, especially Aluminum, will increase more and more in the future. Our global Light Metal Solutions (LMS) team has already many good solutions in their portfolio, that can fulfil the high requirements of the automotive industry, and the LMS R&D team work on future solutions that will represent a new state of the art in the industry. We already working on a QPS program for light metals. It currently has the working title 'AluKlad'.
In the next newsletters, we will give you a more detailed introduction of the different QPS systems.