What is plating?

Plating is a surface covering in which a metal is deposited on a conductive surface. Plating has been done for hundreds of years, but it is also critical for modern technology – Wikipedia

Plating is used to:

  • Add a decorative finish
  • Create corrosion inhibition
  • To improve solder-ability
  • To harden the surface
  • To improve durability
  • To alter conductivity
  • For radiation shielding
  • To improve paint adhesion
  • To reduce friction
  • Plus many other purposes


  • Corrosion resistant
  • Solderable
  • Conductive
  • Contact Resistant
  • Abrasion Resistant
  • Decorative Appearance
  • Non-stick Surface
  • The Full Service – etched, formed, heat treated and plated

There are many metal plating / finishing processes, our customers expect to receive a finished component or assembly, for this reason we can offer a range of plating / finishing processes to cover our customers requirements:

  • Alochrome
  • Anodised
  • Cad
  • Chromate
  • Electroless Nickel
  • Gold
  • Hard Anodise
  • Hot Tin Dip
  • Nickel
  • Nickel
  • Passivation
  • Silicon Coating!!!!!!!
  • Silver Plate
  • Tin Lead
  • Tin Plate
  • Zinc Plate
  • Also selective plating and many other options
Corrosion ResistanceZinc & its Alloys, Tin & its Alloys, Nickel (Electroless & Electrolytic), Gold & its Alloys, Chromium, Cadmium, Platinum group metals.
SolderabilityTin & its Alloys, Nickel (Electroless & Electrolytic), Gold & its Alloys. IDEA!!! Why not consider using a base metal with good solderability like Nickel Silver to eliminate the cost and time of an extra process?
ConductivityCopper & its Alloys, Gold & its Alloys, Silver.
Contact ResistanceGold & its Alloys, Platinum group alloys.
Abrasion ResistanceAbrasion Resistance
Black ColourationZinc & Black passivate, Black Chromium, PX3 Blacken (on Stainless Steel), Black anodise (on Aluminium).
Decorative AppearanceGold & its Alloys, Platinum group metals, Chromium, Cadmium, Zinc & its Alloys, Silver, Tin & its Alloys, Nickel.
Non-Stick SurfacesChromium
Softness & LubricityCadmium, Lead and its Alloys, Silver, Tin Alloys
Oil Retentiveness for LubricationChromium
Rubber & Sealant AdhesionCopper and its Alloys


Typical Properties for some Finishes

Photofabrication’s range of Additional Processes means we can offer Flat, Formed, Heat Treated, and Plated parts. Basically the Full Service!

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