Feb 14

NiTEC’s Movember Challenge Raises £500 for Charity

The staff at Nitec are proud to announce that their Movember mustache challenge raised a fantastic £500 for charity!

In November 2012, the entire male workforce of Nitec grew mustaches in aid of prostate and testicular cancer.

Quality Director Paul Allen said, “We’re really pleased we took part in Movember, it’s a great cause.  It was nice to get all the male staff involved in the fundraising, £500 isn’t bad for growing a few mustaches!”


Starting November with a clean shaven face, the staff didn’t shave for the entire month. And as you can see from the picture, they had some impressive facial hair going on!

For more information about our services including electroless nickel plating visit the Nitec website.

Feb 14

Common Uses of Electroless Nickel Plating

Our previous blog posts have featured the uses of electroless nickel plating primarily in the manufacturing industry. Electroless nickel plating, however, is very versatile and can be used for a number of architectural and even domestic purposes.

For example, household items, taps, bathroom and kitchen accessories can all be nickel plated to achieve an attractive and hard wearing finish. Electroless nickel plating can also be used in the plumbing industry for showers, pipework, taps and accessories. It can even be used to plate garden furniture (see picture) as it’s excellent corrosion resistance and resistance to the elements means that it is a far better material for this purpose than wood or plastic.

Electroless nickel plating can also be used extensively for architectural purposes, such as hinges, locks, door knobs and handrails. It is also used in the refurbishment of hotels and shops to refinish existing fixtures and fittings.

Here at NiTEC, we welcome all types of nickel plating project, no matter how small or large. With the biggest nickel plating tanks in the UK, we are often asked to plate very large components. We also welcome smaller, public one off components and home projects.

The versatility of electroless nickel plating means that its advantages can be enjoyed for a wide range of purposes. If you would like to find out more about whether nickel plating would be a suitable and effective solution for your project, do not hesitate to contact the team at NiTEC, who will give you all the advice you need. Call us on 0845 224 3571 or email us at info@nitec-enp.co.uk

Feb 13

Increased Use of Electroless Nickel Plating in the Automotive Industry

As experts in the electroless nickel plating process, the staff at NiTEC carry out metal plating on a number of projects specifically for the automotive industry.

We commonly plate brake calipers for the automotive industry as the process of electroless nickel plating can dramatically improve the quality of the surface metal. Nickel plating is the ideal way to coat and protect the steel of a brake caliper, making them very corrosion resistant and hard wearing. It is a necessity that brake calipers are very hard wearing and last a significant amount of time. This is because they allow a vehicle to stop as they squeeze the brake pads against the surface of the brake rotor.

Classic vehicle refinishing

Nickel plating has also become popular for plating and restoring classic cars, vintage cars, and motorcycles. Not only does the nickel look great with its bright, shiny silvery finish, it is also very hard wearing and perfect for protecting the vehicle from corrosion and rust.


When nickel plating is applied to cars and motorcycles, however, it can become dull if it is not polished regularly. But because nickel is such a hard metal, it can be cleaned easily with most metal cleaners without causing damage to the surface of the metal.

If you are carrying out a restoration project on a classic car, or would like to find out more about how nickel  plating can extend the life of components used in the automotive industry, contact the team at NiTEC for more information. Visit our website or call us on 0845 224 3571 for more information.

Feb 12

Electroless Nickel Plating in Derbyshire

If you are looking for a metal plating company in Derbyshire, NITEC are based in Chesterfield and have over 30 years experience in the metal plating industry.

As electroless nickel plating specialists, and the only metal plating company in the UK to have such large nickel plating tanks, we also provide a worldwide delivery service.

When you choose a metal plating company, it’s important to consider the location when making your decision. We are located in Holmewood, Chesterfield, conveniently close to junction 29 on the M1 motorway. Our location means that we have excellent access to the motorway, therefore we frequently deliver all over the UK, Europe and the world.

Quotes for electroless nickel plating

Here at NiTEC, our dedicated team of expert staff are able to provide customers with comprehensive quotes in a short space of time. We aim to respond to all electroless nickel plating, diffused nickel plating, copper plating, shot blasting and heat treatment enquiries within 48 hours.

We are also able to provide comprehensive, accurate quotes based on drawings or photographs. Simply email your metal plating project details over along with an image and we will endeavour to provide you with a quote.

If you have a metal plating project and would like to be provided with a quote, do not hesitate to email photos or drawings over to us at info@nitec-enp.co.uk. We will provide you with a comprehensive quote within 48 hours.


Feb 04

Electroless Nickel Applications

Electroless nickel coatings are commonly used in engineering applications. The field of engineering often requires coatings that can withstand a lot of wear and exposure to corrosive materials.

Common applications of electroless nickel include:

  • brake calipers (see image below)
  • oil field valves
  • rotors
  •  door knobs
  • kitchen utensils
  • bathroom fixtures
  • electrical tools
  • mechanical tools
  • office equipment
  • drive shafts
  • paper handling equipment
  • fuel rails

Electroless nickel is the idea coating to salvage worn parts. The hardness of the coating allows continued use of the component after plating because the electroless nickel can be applied and then machined afterwards to achieve the final dimensions.

There are other hard wearing coatings of course, such as hard chromium, but electroless nickel is better suited to applications of this sort because of its uniform deposition. This means that it can be applied successfully to very complex shaped parts, with the guarantee that the electroless nickel coating will fill all recesses, holes, and irregularities of the surface with a perfectly even coating.

To find out more about how the applications of electroless nickel plating, why not visit our website and take a look at the projects we have embarked upon recently. If you would like to speak to one of the electroless nickel plating experts at Nitec, don’t hesitate to call our friendly team on 44 (0)845 224 3571.

Jan 30

NiTEC’s Surface Technology Capabilities

Here at Nitec, we provide a wide range of surface treatment options for a variety of businesses. Specialising in electroless nickel plating, we also offer a range of other services including diffused nickel plating, copper plating and our very own surface treatment, SeaTEC 100 which has been developed especially for sub sea conditions.

Electroless Nickel Plating

Electroless nickel plating offers great wear and corrosion resistance, and is very cost-effective.

Find out more about our electroless nickel plating services here.


Diffused Nickel Plating

Diffused nickel plating is the gold standard in corrosion resistance and great for a marine environment.

Find out more about diffused nickel plating here.

SeaTEC 100

SeaTEC 100 is a an extremely effective way of increasing the longevity of components in subsea environments. This product can reduce maintenance costs and increasing the strength of components.

Find out more about SeaTEC 100 here.

Copper plating

Copper plating is an excellent conductor providing EMI (Electro Magnetic Interference) and RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) shielding purposes.

Find out more about Copper Plating here.

Shotblasting and Heat Treatment

Thorough surface preparation can be achieved using Shotblasting and Heat Treatment in addition to the standard chemical cleaning and activation process.

 Find out more about Shotblasting and heat treatment here.

Chilled Iron Shot Blasting

Chilled Iron Shot Blasting is the perfect process to clean all types of metal removing paint, adhesive, plastic, grease and rust.

Find out more about chilled iron shot blasting.

Special Projects

Electroless nickel plating has been used in many special projects where corrosion resistance is required such as art installations and architectural applications.

Find out more about our special projects here. 

Jan 24

New NiTEC Website is Now Live!

Derbyshire based electroless nickel plating company NiTEC are pleased to announce the completion of our new website.

We have worked closely with Seven Creative, web design and marketing agency in Sheffield to create a new, modern site that reflects the growth of the business.

As our customers will already know, we have established ourselves over the past 20 years as electroless nickel plating, corrosion resistance and surface technology specialists. Therefore, our website needed to demonstrate effectively the various types of service that we provide.

Social media and blogs

The new website also includes links to our social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Flickr. Our 3 blogs can also be accessed from the website, which are updated regularly to include case studies, testimonials, recent projects and technical information.

To find out more about the services we offer, including electroless nickel plating, diffused nickel plating, copper plating, shot blasting and heat treatment, visit our new website at www.electroless-nickel-plating.co.uk

Jan 21

What is the Difference Between Electroless Nickel Plating and Electroplating?

An electroless nickel coating is created when an auto-catalytic chemical technique is used to deposit a layer of nickel onto a solid component, usually plastic or metal.

The metal is deposited when a reducing agent reacts with metal ions. The metallurgical properties of electroless nickel alloy depend on the percentage of phosphorus present in the deposit. Phosphorous content can range from low (2-5) to high (11-14).

Nickel electroplating is a process which results in the deposition of nickel onto a metal part. Electroplating is achieved by immersing the component into an electrolyte solution so that the component itself is used as the cathode. The nickel anode is then dissolved into the electrolyte solution of nickel ions. The ions travel through the solution and are then deposited on the component.

A thin layer of nickel is deposited onto the metal object, which can provide corrosion and wear resistance, or be used to build up parts that have been worn down over time.  Unlike electroless nickel plating however, this process makes the component subject to changes in the density of the current. This results in variations in the thickness of the electroplated deposit.

If you would like more information about the process of electroless nickel plating as an alternative to electroplating, visit the NiTEC website, or call our team of expert staff on

Jan 14

The Uniform Coating of Electroless Nickel

There are many advantages to using an electroless nickel coating. As specialists in the process of electroless nickel plating, NiTEC are often asked about the uniformity of coating that electroless nickel can provide.

The uniformity of an electroless nickel coating makes it perfect for use on engineering components, as a component’s machined tolerances are not deformed by the process.

The coating deposited by the process of electroless nickel plating is based on a chemical reaction. Therefore, the nickel collects in equal thickness over the component, whatever its shape and size.

The uniform coating of the nickel plating means that the surface is very hard wearing, resistant to corrosion and durable in a variety of environments, making it a suitable choice for engineering components.


If you would like more information about the process of nickel plating, or would like to find out how the process could benefit your business, contact the team at Nitec today on (0)845 224 3571 or visit our website for more information.

Jan 10

The Best Way to Keep Your Bike Rust and Scratch Free

An avid cyclist will know that after owning a bike for a long period of time, there may be areas on the frame where the paint has begun to bubble, and is looking a little worse for wear. Everyone would prefer to keep their bike clean and undamaged, but of course, the practical use of a bike is to ride it!

Sadly, crashes and accidents do happen some times, and scratches are a common occurrence in these circumstances. Mountain bikes and road bikes are exposed to all sorts of conditions through general use, including exposure to water, mud and salt.

If your bike has a steel frame and the scratch has gone through to the bare metal, it’s best to clean the area and then touch it up using paint to prevent it from rusting.

Providing that the damage hasn’t compromised the structure of the actual bike frame, aluminium or carbon fiber can be left without too much concern.

But if you would like to say goodbye to rust, scratches and corrosion forever, having your bike frame nickel plated is a great way to do so. When applied to a bike frame, an electroless nickel coating will protect your bike and prevent it from getting scratched in the unfortunate event of a fall or accident, or just general wear and tear.

The process of electroless nickel plating will also stop the risk of corrosion and rust occurring in the future, as electroless nickel is very resistant to corrosion.

It only costs £185 to have your bike electroless nickel plated by the experts at Nitec. In just 5 days of receiving your bike, we can have it nickel plated and scratch and corrosion resistant for life. All you have to do is disassemble your bike, send us the handlebars and frame, and we’ll electroless nickel plate the parts and return them to you for reassembly.

To find out more about having your bike frame electroless nickel plated, contact the team at Nitec today on (0)845 224 3571 or visit our website at for more information.