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Dometic Eliminates Chromate and Sets a New Standard for Minibars

Chromate has been the established industry standard as the corrosion inhibitor for absorption minibars. A new EU legislation stipulates the phase-out of this substance for environmental reasons by 2021 at the latest. Dometic invested in R&D and is now in the unique position to offer a sustainable alternative.


What are the most common denominators between Dometic noiseless hotel minibars and Dometic medical fridges in hospitals? They are completely silent and operate vibration-free so that they will not disturb hotel guests nor patients in healthcare. This is thanks to the absorption cooling technology which ensures reliability and durability as well as reduced maintenance and a longer product life span. 

For the past decades, the minibar industry has been using chromate as a corrosion inhibitor. However, the EU authorities have now decided to prohibit the use of chromate in production within Europe from January 1, 2020, and for importation to Europe during 2021.

Well ahead of the new legislation, Dometic proactively initiated research & development in this area more than two decades ago in order to develop a new corrosion inhibitor to replace chromate and to guarantee the long-term reliability and sustainability of its absorption minibars.

“The absorption technology, with the absence of moving parts, offers unique advantages compared to compressor technology in terms of noise, longevity and lack of maintenance need. We are very happy to be able to secure the continued supply of Dometic absorption minibars to our customers, complementing our thermoelectric and compressor ranges for hotels and healthcare,” says Peter Kruk, President of Dometic EMEA. 

Dometic’s new inhibitor is an environmentally sound substance that has the same anti-corrosive effect as the well-proven chromate. It has been thoroughly tested in-housefor over ten years and is now substituting chromate in Dometic’s minibar and minicools factory in Hungary. 

Anton Lundqvist, Chief Technology Officer at Dometic says, “Based on the extensive tests performed in our own European factories as well as in external research institutes, we are confident that the new inhibitor will offer the same reliability and guarantee an equally long service life for our minibars as chromate did until now.”

“We are very proud of this achievement and welcome the decision of the European Union stepping up further into this ambitious Sustainable plan. Farsighted thinking combined with strategic investment has ensured a future for absorption minibars. Dometic has, once again, lived up to its promise to be a sustainable company and a product leader.”

The new filling stations have been put in place in Hungary, and Dometic is now in the unique position to offer a sustainable alternative. The legislation for the ban of chromate in minibars makes Dometic the sole supplier of European-produced absorption minibars.

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Dometic ist weltweiter Marktführer bei Markenprodukten für das Leben unterwegs in den Bereichen Speisen und Getränke, Klima, Energie und Steuerung, Hygiene und sanitäre Einrichtungen sowie im Bereich Sicherheit. Dometic ist in den Wirtschaftsräumen Nord- und Südamerika, Europa, Naher Osten und Afrika sowie Asien/Pazifik tätig und bietet Produkte für den Einsatz in Wohnmobilen, Lkw und Automobilen der Oberklasse, auf Motoryachten und Arbeitsbooten sowie für eine Reihe anderer Anwendungen. Wir sehen es als unsere Aufgabe, intelligente und zuverlässige Produkte in einem herausragenden Design bereitzustellen. Wir verkaufen unsere Produkte in nahezu 100 Ländern und verfügen über ein globales Vertriebs- und Servicenetz, das Kundendienstleistungen und Zubehör bereitstellt. Dometic mit Sitz in Stockholm, Schweden, beschäftigt weltweit ca. 8.000 Mitarbeiter und erwirtschaftete 2018 einen Nettoumsatz von über 18 Mrd. SEK (2,0 Mrd. USD).

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