Electroless Nickel Plating has become very common in the metal finishing industry today. An auto-catalytic reaction is used to deposit the nickel material. This process provides a wear resistant and corrosion resistant surface without the use of electroplating, thus nickel can be deposited on many surfaces where electroplating cannot.
We have seen electroless nickel become an accepted alternative to certain traditional functional chromium processes. The ability to deposit nickel on surfaces with complexity of shape make this a practical choice for many manufacturers. Electroless nickel also provides a very hard surface yet is machinable.
Electroless nickel plating provides a more environmentally friendly coating than hard chrome plating, with applications in the automotive, aerospace, hardware, printed circuit, machine, manufacturing, and repair industries, just to name a few. Perhaps one of the most common uses today is in the hard drive industry.