Electroless Nickel Plating

Experience Superior Corrosion and Abrasion Resistance with Electroless Nickel Plating Services

When it comes to enhancing the lifespan and performance of parts in demanding environments, electroless nickel plating is a leading choice. At Hard Anodising, our autocatalytic nickel plating process is driven by a chemical reaction, ensuring uniform coverage and bolstering the resilience of your components.

The Electroless Nickel Plating Process

The process for ENP (electroless nickel plating) sets itself apart from traditional, electric-current reliant nickel plating by being entirely chemical. The primary catalyst in this process, Sodium Hypophosphite, instigates a chemical reaction. This reaction encourages the nickel ions within the solution to deposit onto the substrate surface, creating a Nickel-Phosphorus alloy.

The result is a robust and corrosion-resistant layer that offers uniformity, a key advantage over conventional electroplating methods. The chemical reaction ensures the plating solution reaches even the most intricate parts of the workpiece, ensuring a comprehensive and even coverage.

The Benefits of Electroless Nickel Plating

The uniform coverage is one of the most advantageous aspects of our electroless nickel plating and coating. This comprehensive plating approach ensures every part of your component is uniformly treated. But the benefits don’t stop at uniformity.

ENP also offers:

  • Exceptional Corrosion Resistance:
    The resulting Nickel-Phosphorus alloy creates a formidable barrier against corrosion, protecting your parts in even the most challenging conditions.
  • High Abrasion Resistance:
    This type of nickel plating is known for its hardness, which offers increased resistance against wear and tear, prolonging the life of your parts.
  • Natural Lubricity:
    In addition to its strength and corrosion resistance, the Nickel-Phosphorus alloy is naturally lubricious, improving the efficiency of moving parts and reducing wear from friction.
  • Enhanced Electrical Conductivity:
    The process produces coatings that are electrically conductive, a crucial factor for many electronic and electrical applications.
  • Aesthetic Versatility:
    Electroless nickel plating can range from a bright chrome-like finish to a silver-grey, offering a range of aesthetics to meet your requirements.

Industrial Electroless Nickel Plating

Our electroless nickel plating services have wide-reaching applications across numerous sectors. Industries such as automotive, motorsport, oil & gas, aerospace, and defence, which require highly durable and long-lasting components, will find our nickel plating services highly beneficial.

The nickel-phosphorus alloy’s unique properties, such as high hardness, corrosion resistance, and electrical conductivity, make it suitable for a range of applications within these industries. For instance, in the aerospace and defence sectors, where parts are exposed to harsh conditions and need to resist corrosion, electroless nickel plating offers reliable protection.

In the automotive and motorsport industries, the natural lubricity and high wear resistance of electroless nickel plating help improve the efficiency and longevity of critical components. In the oil and gas industry, where components are often exposed to corrosive substances, our nickel plating services offer reliable, long-lasting protection.

Invest in Superior Performance

As a leading provider of specialist metal finishing services, we take pride in our commitment to quality and reliability. To learn more about our electroless nickel plating services and how they can benefit your operations, contact us.

With Hard Anodising’s superior electroless nickel plating services, you’re not just enhancing the durability of your components; you’re investing in their longevity and performance. Catering to sectors from aerospace and automotive to motorsport, oil & gas, and defence, we’re here to meet your unique needs. Talk to our experts today to discuss your specific requirements.


Can Electroless Nickel Plating be applied to all materials?
It can be applied to most metals, and with the correct pre-plating treatment, it can also be applied to plastics.
How durable is the Nickel-Phosphorus coating?
The Nickel-Phosphorus alloy is incredibly hard and offers excellent resistance to abrasion and corrosion, making it highly durable and long-lasting.
Can I choose the finish of the Electroless Nickel Plating?
Yes, you can choose a finish that ranges from a bright chrome-like finish to a silver-grey, this is done by varying phosphorous content, and well as the initial surface finish or your machined part.
Are there any metals that can't be treated with electroless nickel plating?

Currently, electroless nickel plating can be problematic on titanium and magnesium. However, we are always innovating our processes and looking for ways to enhance our service offerings.

We are a dedicated provider of specialist metal finishing services, concentrating primarily on the anodising of aluminium.