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For the future of the electroplating industry.

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Thank you to the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for funding the ECOPLATE project.

The ECOPLATE project seeks to improve the energy efficiency of electroplating plants and processes. Funding has been obtained via the umbrella “BMBF Funding Program to establish joint research centers with partners in the Asia-Pacific Research Area (APRA)”. The Funding Agency is the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The ECOPLATE project provides us with the opportunity to foster a close partnership in electroplating with the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok within the specific scope of energy efficiency in industrial electroplating and to open a research station at Chulalongkorn University.


Training workshop for industrial electroplaters to increase efficiency in production processes

Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, November 15–16, 2018

Successful training of electroplaters to improve energy and material efficiency in production processes.

Kick-off meeting and coordination workshops for TRF-IRN funded project

Bangkok, Chulalongkorn University and STI office, November 15–19, 2018

Kick-off meeting for the TRF-IRN funded project, which aims to increase energy and material efficiency in zinc electroplating by enhancing process reliability. An additional workshop was held concerning industrial needs for electroplating processes and human resources at STI to discuss the next steps in this part of the co-operation network of IPA, Chulalongkorn, TEPNET, STI

Meeting at Ministry of Foreign Affairs with BIBB

Bangkok, August 3, 2018

Installation of IPA Electrolyte Test Bench at the MMRI Lab

Chulalongkorn University, MMRI Lab, Bangkok, June 27, 2018

One of the special electrolyte test benches, which was designed, engineered and manufactured by the IPA electroplating department, was shipped and installed at an MMRI lab. This presents us with the opportunity of establishing the same experimental basis in Stuttgart and Bangkok. Installation was carried out by Klaus Schmid, with the MMRI electroplating team also heavily involved.

Meeting with Head of Science and Technology Department of the German Embassy

Chulalongkorn University, June 26, 2018

The ECOPLATE project, station and lab were presented to and discussed with Mr. Knut Zuchan, First Secretary and Head of Science and Technology Department of the German embassy.

Surface and coatings forum and fair

BITEC Conference Center, Bangkok, June 22, 2018

ECOPLATE was presented at the conference to an audience of around 300 people, while visitors to the TEPNET booth also had the chance to find out all about the project. The president of the Taiwanese Surface Finishing Association (TSFA) was also present, strengthening links to Taiwan. 

Delegation visiting Stuttgart

Stuttgart, Fraunhofer IPA June 4–8, 2018

A delegation from Chulalongkorn University and TEPNET visited Germany. The trip was supported by ECOPLATE and STI and involved further workshops to analyze needs in specific R+D subjects, an extensive lab tour at IPA and visits to the Schwäbisch Gmünd vocational school for electroplating in addition to the companies Umicore and Fischer. TEPNET was also represented by the delegtaion at the Surface Technology GERMANY fair in Stuttgart, with Prof. Boonyonmaneerat additionally holding a speech at the forum. 

Two members of MMRI training in Stuttgart

Stuttgart, Fraunhofer IPA April 23–27, 2018

In preparation for working with an IPA Electrolyte Test Bench at MMRI, two MMRI members have been to IPA for training. This trip additionally served to support the electroplating industry in improving efficiency by reducing the scrap rate. 

Taiwanese Surface Finishing Association (TSFA) conference

Taichung, 26–27, October 2017

ECOPLATE was presented at the TSFA conference to an audience of around 250 people as an example of new co-operation projects.

Analysis of needs workshops

Pathumwan Princess Hotel and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, October 17–21, 2017

A series of workshops was held with the electroplating industry concerning analysis of needs for R+D, with additional support from the Thai STI. 

The ECOPLATE Opening Meeting

Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, August 3-21, 2017

In the very first week after launching the project, the kick-off meeting was held on-site at MMRI.