Green Process for Plastic Chrome

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: 68HE0D18C0014
Agency Tracking Number: B175B-0008
Amount: $99,441.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 17-NCER-5B
Solicitation Number: SOL-NC-17-00028
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-10-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-03-31
Small Business Information
166 State Route 224, Van Etten, NY, 14889-9723
DUNS: 194661021
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Brazil
 Senior Scientist
 (607) 589-4429
 mbrazil@vergason.com
Business Contact
 Mark Fitch
Title: President
Phone: (607) 589-4429
Email: mfitch@vergason.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This green approach to manufacturing plastic with decorative chrome will eliminate health and environmental hazards from the chrome electroplating process. The US and global market for decorative chrome on plastic is 12 million m2/year and 84 million m2/year respectively, with 80% in automobile trim, 10% in appliances and 10% in sanitary fixtures. Without a viable commercial alternative, US providers have had to either meet strict US regulations for chrome electroplating at_x000D_ significant expense or offshore operations. The proposer’s PVD approach is very close to meeting all OEM requirements, with a clear path to clearing up the sole remaining problem. The proposed work addresses intermittent failure in high temperature and humidity, resulting in a green manufacturing process available to existing US supply chain providers: a PVD chrome on plastic that fully meets all OEM specifications. Hexavalent chrome, lead chromates, barium sulfate and metallic nickel will be completely eliminated from the production of plastic chrome parts, using less than half the electrical power. A modest reduction in manufacturing cost is anticipated. Broad acceptance of the technology is anticipated based on ongoing evaluations by OEMs in all three market segments, as well as existing Tier 1 and Tier 2 electroplating suppliers.

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