General Metal Finishing at Atotech
The right finish for every requirement
Leading functional and decorative surface finishing solutions
In our world of surface finishing, functionality and design are key. But we don’t believe in making our customers choose one over the other – it is our mission to ensure that they get the best of both worlds. Our decorative and functional surface-finishing solutions are the result of unceasing research and development efforts. A highly skilled team of experts, working in an inspiring professional environment, is committed to ensuring that our technologies perform to the utmost.
At home in major industries
Functional and decorative plating is used in all major industries to build better products
We offer perfectly matched processes for each and every step of the entire spectrum of decorative and functional surface finishing applications — from pretreatment to final sealing.
Not surprisingly, our technology can be found virtually everywhere. Many components in cars rely on our processes, such as decorative trim components, fasteners, shock absorber rods, and brake components.
And given our wide variety of design options and functional properties, our technology is found in numerous other items, including shower heads and fittings, washing machines, -fashion and jewelry articles, and many more.
As a supplier, we are an invaluable partner to countless industries, which look to us for both functional and decorative solutions.
Our automotive competence
Understanding the automotive industry
We pay special attention to the needs and demands of automotive manufacturers, OEMs, and their suppliers. Our product range offers technology that covers the entire spectrum of decorative and functional surface treatments.Explore our automotive competence
Our automotive experts
Let our global experts support your business
Our global OEM team is the interface between customers, OEMs, Tiers and Atotech. Located in various countries, our experts are only a heartbeat away from OEMs/Tiers worldwide to identify future technologies, allowing us to tailor products and features to the industry’s needs and demands.
The industry’s approved choice
Our global automotive approvals
MKS’ Atotech processes fulfill the requirements of a substantial number of OEM specifications and are approved by automotive manufacturers and Tiers worldwide.
Our AAA program
Atotech Automotive Applicators for corrosion protection coatings
A cornerstone of our automotive approach is the global network of certified applicators – known as the Atotech Automotive Applicators (AAA) program.
With our extensive experience in electroplating, we are committed to developing sustainable and highly efficient plating solutions for c-Si solar cell grid metallization and have developed production proven processes that meet industry requirements. The low carbon emission of photovoltaic systems makes them a key component in the transition to clean energy today, and they will become even more important in the future.
Cocooning is back, actively shaping design trends and how we interact with our home environment. But regardless of taste or style, one thing remains unchanged: the growing role of bathrooms and kitchens. Metal surfaces are currently experiencing a revival in both these home areas. Whether chrome or steel, bright or brushed colors – metals create a visual impact that can vary from elegant to minimalistic.
For the white goods industry, we offer a truly comprehensive product range for both painted and plated surfaces. We are dedicated to developing processes and products that conserve natural resources such as water and energy, minimize or eliminate waste generation, and reduce operating costs. In providing innovative processes, our paint support technologies enable corporations to achieve sustainability targets and to reduce the CO₂ footprint. Our paint pretreatment and paint removal solutions provide a truly superior approach for the white goods industry.
We are driving the hydrogen industry forward by tackling its technical challenges head-on. From generation to storage, transport, and conversion technology, we specialize in providing highly effective surface finishing solutions. Our focus is on delivering exceptional corrosion protection for metal substrates, even in the harshest environments. With our expertise, we have developed groundbreaking pretreatment solutions and reliable plating processes. These ensure clean and conductive surfaces, essential for optimal hydrogen technology applications. Together, let’s unlock the full potential of hydrogen technology with MKS’s cutting-edge solutions.
“Our key success factors to be an ideal surface-finishing solutions partner are customer-driven R&D efforts, strong relationships with our diverse customer base, and a local presence through TechCenters – all driven by superior technical expertise.”
Gertjan van der Wal
Vice President & General Manager, General Metal Finishing
Our technical and service centers
Helping customers stay one step ahead
With our global TechCenter network, customer support is always close by. Our expert teams provide first-class support and consultation for every technical requirement.
We run 13 TechCenters in the General Metal Finishing business unit. They are in Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, India, Canada, the USA, and Brazil.