Physical Vapor Deposition
The PVD Process
PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) is the deposition of a metal onto a substrate through changes in the physical state of the metal while in a vacuum chamber. When used in conjunction with a UV coatings process, a basecoat is applied to the substrate, a very thin layer (700-1000 angstroms) of metal is deposited under vacuum, a topcoat is then applied to seal and encapsulate the underlying layers.
Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) has been used in automotive lighting applications (behind the lens) with thermal and UV cured systems since the mid 1980’s. Since that time, PVD has been used successfully for decorative applications on first and second surfaces in multiple industries.
The Fujikura Kasei Global Network’s coatings for PVD are quickly being utilized across virtually all industries. These coatings’ exceptional performance, plus their savings in time, money and floor space, is finding new applications every day.
Current PVD Markets include:
- Heavy Truck
- Home Appliances
- Cosmetics and Packaging Containers
- Plumbing, kitchen and bath fixtures
The Most Advanced Technology in Decorative Finishes
When choosing FGN PVD coating technologies, you are choosing the most advanced technology in decorative finishes available on the market. FGN basecoats for PVD provide a rich, mirror-like surface which allows a thin layer of metal to be deposited. The top coat applied over the PVD layer provides the performance characteristics needed to pass the OEM’s toughest requirements.
PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) Advantages
- Ability to achieve appearances that are not available using traditional chrome plating techniques
- PVD can be used on a large variety of plastic substrates and metals
- PVD offers a green approach to the decorative finishing process
- No hazardous waste – PVD coatings can be applied without the potentially harmful chemicals or hazardous waste associated with chrome plating
- No Hexavalent chromium – PVD is environmentally friendly and eliminates the chemical treatment normally associated with traditional chrome
A Global Leader in UV and PVD
The Fujikura Kasei Global Network is a global leader in the development and production of high performance coatings for a variety of industries including automotive, packaging and appliances. With over 20 years of UV experience, we are an industry leader in the design and development of high performance UV formulations, application support and line design.
The recent development of our exterior durable PVD coatings adds to this industry leader trend. In the automotive market, FGN companies are the leading suppliers for UV-curable coatings, including high performance UV basecoats and topcoats for metalized reflectors.
Several of our research and development labs are equipped with Hartec sputtering units which allows us to quickly create sample parts in order to meet your development time line. Our own A2La Certified Test Labs allow us to test to industrial standard specifications.