With the rapid development of industry, plastic electroplating owns increasingly widespread applications, and has become one important mean as for surface decoration of plastic products. In current foreign countries, electroplating is widely used in ABS, polypropylene, polysulfone, polycarbonate, nylon, phenolic glass fiber reinforced plastic, polystyrene and other plastic surfaces, of which, the application in ABS plastics is most common and has best electroplating effect. Plastic electroplates have plastic characteristics of light weight and easy shaping, as well as beautiful appearance of metal coating; therefore, plastic electroplating is widely used in the production of automobiles, motorcycles, household appliance parts and plumbing equipments.
According to the rough estimates, there are tens of thousands of plastic electroplating enterprises, which own nearly 500,000 employees, more than 5,000 production lines and the production capacity of 250 million-300 million square meters of plastic electroplating area; the industrial annual output value is about CNY 10 billion. The enterprise scale in this industry is relatively small and the industrial concentration is not high; the Top 10 enterprises only account for less than 10% of the total market share.
According to the statistics of Huidian Research, in 2012, the market supply of China’s plastic electroplating market was 235 million square meters, increased by 18.68% over 2011. As for the overall industry, it has showed an upward trend from 2009-2012, and the annual growth rate reached about 20%.