The chromium plating of cast iron car body press dies, universally
practiced in Japan, was not readily available in Europe until the
successful conclusion of DMI(UK)'s technology transfer agreement
with Koka Chrome Industries in 1989. Europe's largest chromium
plating specialists, DMI(UK) is now providing all the improvements
in quality control and cost reduction inherent in this process to
most of the major European car manufacturers.
Many automotive manufacturers have invested in tri-axis transfer
presses which demand continuous operation. DMI chromium plating
contributes to the efficient use of these high capital cost machines
by reducing lost press time due to draw related problems.
In 1995, DMI(UK) and Koka Chrome Industries (Japan) established DMI
Automotive Inc, located in Howell, Michigan to provide this service
to the North American market.