In the decorative as well as functional area of electroplating, chrome layers play a decisive role. The bright, shiny and hard layer has a high value in the fittings, furniture and automotive industries. Replacing hexavalent chromium baths with trivalent electrolytes often results in the problem that the layers are optically different from each other and therefore mixed plating is not possible. The SAPHIR 2000 BL process from KIESOW OBERFLÄCHENCHEMIE GmbH & Co. KG is a modified trivalent chromium process which enables depositions with b* values in the negative range (-0.5 to -1). It has been specially developed for the automotive industry.