Plating on plastic

The design, manufacturing, supply, and installation of plating on plastic plants.

John Cockerill has been supplying plating on plastic plants mainly to the automotive, aviation, medical, luxury, and other industries for decades. Our systems are used by the biggest manufacturers. We offer complete projects from planning and designing all the way to start-up and service during operations.

1st Plating
Final Plating
Post Treament
Final Rinse

Typical plating on plastic processes

Plastic is not a naturally conductive material, but it can still be electroplated. The first step is to create a conductive nickel or copper coating on a plastic part, after that the part can go through a normal electroplating process.

Metals suitable for plating on plastic: Nickel, Copper, Gold, Chrome

Typical products for plating on plastic

Plating on plastic has been widely used in the automotive industry for decades by OEM manufacturers, suppliers, and aftermarket parts suppliers. Plating on plastic is used in both interior and exterior parts. Nickel coating can enhance the corrosion and wear resistance of plastic parts. In-home electronics plating on plastic is used both decoratively and functionally. Plating on plastic is also used for example in kitchen and bathroom accessories, washbasin taps, household devices, and clothing like metallic-looking buttons.

Some types of plastics suitable for plating on plastic: Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), Teflon (PTFE), Polypropylene, Polystyrene, Polyethelene, Polyester, Silicone, Acrylic, Nylon, Bakelite, Epoxy

Typical plating on plastic plant

John Cockerill plating on plastic plants are typically fully automated turnkey deliveries that utilize our latest technologies in ventilation, multiple loading/unloading stations, and energy-efficient solutions. John Cockerill anodizing plants are always scaled and designed according to the needs of the customer and the maximum product dimensions in the treatment process.


John Cockerill industrial plating on plastic plants has a very high capacity thanks to effective process automation. Process automation can save up to 70 per cent in labour costs.

Process ventilation

Process ventilation can reduce heating/cooling costs by up to 90% compared to traditional ventilation systems.


Process ventilation and automation enhance occupational health and safety, as workers are less exposed to hazardous chemicals.

Automated transporter

Automated transporter moves batches from tank to tank controlled by a process automation system. The automated production control allows you to process different batches with different treatments at the same time. Automated systems optimize the capacity of the plant and eliminate human errors.

Process tanks

Stainless steel or plastic tanks can stand decades of heavy use with the strongest chemicals. Tanks are covered with lids when not loading or unloading, thus preventing the evaporation of fumes. Our engineering know-how allows us to choose the correct materials, methods, and structures for each chemical process.

Wastewater treatment

Wastewaters from surface treatment line are typically treated in an neutralization type plant.

Process automation

Process automation keeps workers away from dangerous chemicals, keeps the quality consistent, helps to report, and enhances efficiency.

John Cockerill Surface Treatment plating on plastic plants has an extremely high level of automation. The automated systems cover both process control and production control by constantly monitoring and adjusting chemical processes while also controlling material handling. As a result, payroll expenses can be reduced by up to 70 percent compared to manually operated plants. Automated plants are also much safer than manually operated plants.

Energy efficiency and environmental friendliness

Every aspect of our plants has been optimized with energy efficiency and environmental friendliness in mind. For example, our closed-circuit evaporation plants produce minimal or no emissions in addition to being tailored to our customers’ needs.

Galvatek’s meticulous design and production process lengthens the life of the plants even further and minimizes the lifetime running costs. We can guarantee a use-life of several decades for our drive motors and lifting motors, for example.

  • Lower electricity consumption
  • Minimal or no emissions
  • Optimized durability thanks to the best components and precision manufacturing