Unrivaled Performance

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Highest corrosion protection from the caliper through to the assembly of electronic components.


Environmental legislation drives our innovation. Delivering compliant technology is critical for our global applicator base.


Globally available surface finishing assembly processes and application expertise for the complete braking system.


Creating sustainable surface finishing solutions that maximize the safety, durability and beauty of automotive systems.


Discover the current trends impacting the brake market  

 e-MOBILITY      NEW GENERATION ZINC PLATING      regenerative Braking


Zinc - Zinc Alloy Plating

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The choice of zinc plating process will depend on the specific application and corrosion resistance required.

ZinKlad 240 Brake

Where exceptional corrosion resistance of more than 1000 hours to base metal corrosion and minimal white corrosion products is required, zinc-nickel plated from ZINCROLYTE KCl-Ni is the #1 choice.

ZinKlad 1000 Brake

Corrosion protection up to more than 480 h of red corrosion is achieved with zinc based Kenlevel coatings and dedicated PERMA PASS and ENSEAL post treatment processes.

With either choice the unique ZinKlad Brake quality assurance program warrants that OEM and tier1 requirements are consistently met, globally.”

Wear Resistant Coatings

Hard Chromium

Wear resistant chromium finishes are available for piston finishing with the majority of pistons being finished with ANKOR 1111. This process provides crack-free chromium coatings with a corrosion resistance of up to 96 h in salt spray and wear resistance from 700 to 750 HV0.1 hardness. No hydrogen is transferred into the coating or substrate from ANKOR 1111. Micro cracked chromium is also available for use with and without nickel underlayers from ANKOR 1127.

Electroless Nickel

Our ELV compliant electroless nickel processes meet automotive specifications for wear resistance and corrosion protection requirements.

High phosphorus deposits are recommended to deliver the maximum corrosion resistance possible from an electroless nickel coating. Where a design engineer needs to achieve the best wear resistance, medium phosphorous electroless nickels are the preferred choice.

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Anodizing and Conversion Coatings

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Aluminum components can be anodized by using Oxidite processes. This additional treatment increases the corrosion protection, wear resistance and improves appearance. Furthermore, the anodized surfaces for decorative reasons can be colored during the anodizing process or painted afterwards.

Chromium-free conversion coatings such as Iridite NCP, provide corrosion protection equal to chromate finishes on most aluminum alloys. The coating can be used as a final finish and can also serve as a base for high performance topcoats, powder paints, lacquers, or as a base for rubber bonding and is completely free of chromium and does not contain cobalt.


Surface Preparation for Cast Iron


Grey cast iron containing high levels of graphite carbon presents special requirements to the post treatment. Removing oils, oxides and carbon residues is a critical stage in achieving the desired corrosion resistance. In particular, failure to sufficiently remove carbon and other contaminants from the surface can result in insufficient plating results.

MacDermid Enthone KeyKote and ACTANE pre-treatment systems have been designed to prepare a clean and active metallic surface which will allow immediate initiation in the electroplating process. The first stages remove oils from the porous substrate. After removing oxides and residuals from the casting process, the next stage ensures the surface is smut-free with support from ultrasonic and electrolytic cleaning. The surface can now be activated for the subsequent plating process.

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