Chrome plate continues to take part in an significant role in a number of key manufacturing areas and Poeton expect this to continue well into the future.
- The articles to be plated with chromium are made the cathode in an electrolytic bath consisting of chromic acid and sulphuric acid while the anode is made of a plate of lead. During electrolysis chromium deposits on the article (cathode). Generally the articles are first plated with nickel and then subjected to chromium plating.
- In the manufacture of alloy steels (e.g.) chrome steel, chrome vanadium steel, stainless steel and tungsten steel.
- Chrome nickel steel is used for armour plates.
- Chromium salts are used as mordants and in the manufacture of coloured glass and pottery.
- Chromium compounds are used in dyeing as pigments and in tanning of leather.