Course Code: Precious Metal Plating for Electronic and Industrial Applications

Facilitator: Steven Burling FIMF, Metalor Technologies Ltd, United Kingdom


  • Introduction to the plate-able precious metals
  • Types of plating systems (plan & equipment)
  • Applications
  • Basic Formulation information and the impacts for formulation
  • Operating conditions  of the precious metal plating solutions
  • Testing plated deposits after plating
  • Future requirements and the environments

Course Decription

This course is for platers / non platers requiring a general understanding of Precious Metal Plating, its benefits and its applications. All precious metals will be discussed (Gold, Silver, Palladium, and its alloys, rhodium, Platinum and Ruthenium). Applications for these metals will be discussed as well as their cost implications and calculations. Formulation information and the roles of process constituents will be covered. Operating conditions for types of plating processing (high speed, rack / vat and barrel plating) will be presented as well as process control (analysis and plating test methods ). Environmental and legislative issues will also be covered.

Facilitator Biodata

Steven Burling, FIMF. The Managing Director of Metalor Technologies UK Activity, a worldwide renowned "Precious metal company", also acts as Sales and Marketing Manager, Northern Europe for the Advance Coatings Business unit. 

The responsibilities apart from Sales and Marketing include the introduction of new Precious Metal plating processes to the European markets as well as liasing with colleagues in the USA and the APAC regions. Also responsible for Global Technology Product Management for products sold in the connector market segment.

Qualified as a Graduate from the Southbank University in 1978 and in 2014. celebrated 45 years in the Metal Finishing Industry and 35 years in the Precious Metal Industry with Engelhard/Metalor. 

Currently the President of the International branch of the NASF. He has also presented many papers at conferences in Europe , USA, Korea, China and India as well as presenting papers at all the SEIA conferences in Singapore to date.  Papers both related to Electroplating and the PV Industry.

Metalor Technologies is a full member of the LMBA with  accreditation as a smelter refiner under the EICC(Electronic Industry Citizen Coalition) and the RJC (Responsible Jewellery Council) regarding their "conflict free policy".