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Industrial Electroplating

What is Industrial Electroplating?

Industrial electroplating is the process of plating one metal onto another using Electrolysis. It’s achieved by passing an electrical current between two electrodes immersed in an electrolyte solution where one of the electrodes is the substrate metal (item) you wish to plate.

Within the electrolyte solution are atoms of the metal you wish to use as a coating.

For example, if you want an item silver plated, you need a silver based solution, if it’s zinc nickel plating you require, you need a zinc nickel based solution.

When the electrical current is passed through the solution, the atoms break up and are deposited in a thin layer on the substrate electrode.


Why Choose Industrial Electroplating?

The purpose of industrial electroplating is to improve the properties of another material.

For example, by coating a cheaper metal part with a more expensive one, like copper or silver, you can improve its electrical conductivity.

This is a much more cost effective way to get the benefits of the expensive metal, without having to make whole parts and components out of it.

Since the 19th century, industrial electroplating has been used for a variety of reasons including to prevent corrosion of a substrate material, improve its solderability and electrical conductivity, and increase its durability or chemical resistance.

Proud To Deliver The Highest Standards In Electroplating

As industrial electroplating experts, we conform to O.E.M national and international standards, are ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 compliant, in addition to being members of the Institute of Materials Finishing (IMF) and the Surface Engineering Association (SEA).

We are equipped to supply everything from pre-production samples to full volume production and can arrange packing and delivery to meet your requirements.

Our lorries serve the West Midlands area and we have daily arrangements with couriers and haulage companies for fast delivery nationwide.

EC Williams Has Been Providing Quality Electroplating Since 1921

Founded by Mr Williams in 1921, EC Williams Ltd was established in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Our original mission was to supply expert silver plating services to jewellery makers and and silverware manufacturers.

Over the years we’ve transformed our 2,000 square metre site, completely rebuilding it into the modern purpose-built industrial electroplating factory that we now occupy.

We service many industries, from automotive to the engineering and electrical sectors, and supply a range of plant processes and plating services including:

  • Copper Plating
  • Nickel Plating
  • Silver Plating
  • Stayblack
  • Tin Plating
  • Zinc Nickel Plating
  • Zinc Plating


In addition to the above, we offer many other plating services, finishes, and process methods including zinc barrel plating.

Contact us for more information or get a quote now on 0121 236 2524