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Electroless Nickel Plating Technical Manager Steve Whitehead, looks at some of the industries where Electroless Nickel Plating is helping to create durable, high-performance coatings.

When and where to use Electroless Nickel Plating are questions we are often asked by customers. Electroless Nickel Plating is most widely specified because of its superior protection against corrosion and abrasion, as it creates a hard, silver-coloured coating made up of nickel alloyed with phosphorus. This lustrous finish has a high aesthetic appeal, making Electroless Nickel Plating appropriate for products that also require an attractive end product.

These performance and aesthetic properties make Electroless Nickel Plating suitable for use in a wide range of industries, including:

Aerospace & Defence

High-quality components for aerospace and defence must be produced consistently to the highest industry standards. We have many years of experience in supplying specialist types of nickel coating to aerospace and defence, including high phosphorous Electroless Nickel Plating, which offers the best corrosion protection and resistance in highly challenging environments.

Energy & renewables

Demand for renewable energy continues to grow and with it the need for reliable, low-maintenance equipment. Customers in this sector know that the equipment used to generate solar, wind and nuclear power must operate in challenging, remote environments, where uptime must be maximised.

Electroless Nickel Plating offers an effective way of protecting and extending the service life of power generation system parts and components. It is an integral part of ensuring peak performance of assets and the safety of personnel.


Electroless Nickel Plating of surgical instruments improves the performance and longevity of the finished product.


The use of Electroless Nickel Plating in industrial applications to provide protection from wear and abrasion, resistance against corrosion, and to add hardness is now widespread.

Our Ni-PTFE plating combines some of the hardness qualities of Electroless Nickel with the lubricity of Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), extending its use into automotive, machinery, engineering and mould & die industries.


It is the corrosion-resistant properties of Electroless Nickel Plating that make it highly suitable for subsea, marine, and offshore applications. Our high-phosphorus diffused electroless nickel plating meets the strict requirements of underwater, on and off-shore applications because of its superior corrosion and wear resistance in extreme conditions.”

If you would like more information about Electroless Nickel Plating from CBE+, please contact us at 01246 859200.