Metallised plastics are quite common products in our day life with applications ranging from decorative design to optical coatings to advanced thin film wiring schemes in the microelectronics industry and shielding. Metallic coatings on polymeric substrates allow the technologist to capitalize on the favourable properties of two disparate classes of materials to create new and unique products. Metals offer high electrical conductivity, excellent reflectivity, superior barrier properties and, of course, metallic appearance. Plastics compliment this menu with their excellent insulating properties, optical clarity, mechanical flexibility, ease of moulding and processing and, usually, low cost compared to metals.
The main objective of the TAMP Workshop is to show the latest developments in metallization of plastics and their far-reaching applications, mainly in decorative finishing of polymeric products. This event will bring together industrial users, suppliers and academic researchers providing a forum for the discussion of cutting edge advancements and giving the opportunity to share their knowledge, expertise, concerns and interests. TAMP Workshop will focus in recent findings in this active field with especial attention to electrochemical (wet) and vacuum (dry) processes, as well as combination of several techniques.