Chrome continues to be in demand in the automotive industry.
However, for manufacturers of chrome-plated components, recent years have brought some changes. Since 2013, the chromium (VI) often previously used has been listed in the REACH regulations as potentially dangerous to humans.
Many chrome platers have therefore switched production over to trivalent chromium. However, with this chromium type it is not very easy to achieve the same shade as with chromium (VI). A slightly yellowish tinge often results. The company Kunststofftechnik Bernt has been able to successfully overcome these problems and now produces components with the typical chromium (VI) shade, such as the steering wheel clasp shown in the picture, in baths with trivalent chromium.
source: Kunststoffe international