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Requirement for White Brass Electroplating


Q. My company is an injection moulder of plastics packaging for the cosmetic industry based in London,England. We have a need to find a company based in England who is capable of white brass electroplating onto ABS Plastic mouldings which we produce.The mouldings are approx. 100 mm dia. and look a bit like a very small car hubcap which has a radius of approx. 200mm. Is it possible that you know anyone who can help or an association like yours here in the UK that we can approach.

- Wembley London England


A. Sir:

All I can say is "WOW." It has been over 20 years since I have heard of white brass being offered on the open market. It was offered during a nickel shortage, for application on parts in lieu of nickel plating. As I recall it even used specially made alloy anodes of Zinc and a small amount of Copper.

The manufacturer of the process was DuPont, but they have been out of that market for decades. I suggest that you scan the plating process suppliers in the U.K., first to see who might even still make this. Then, you may find someone who is using it.

Ed Budman

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Ed Budman
- Pennsylvania

August 21, 2012

A. Hi.

Is it possible that "white brass" and "white bronze" are the same thing? With leachable nickel forbidden jewelry and similar items in the European Union, white bronze plating has become quite popular as a nickel substitute -- not only in England, but in India and many places.


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