Industrial coatings

Newbould, Tony
October 2004
Engineer (00137758);10/8/2004, Vol. 293 Issue 7661, p44
This article reports that impending EU legislation that will force manufacturers to prove that chemicals are safe could have dire consequences for the coating industry. Registration. Evaluation, and Authorisation of Chemicals, will require anyone who manufactures or imports more than one tonne of a chemical substance a year, to enter it on a central database. While environmental groups have welcomed this, those within the industry are concerned that the finer details of the legislation, namely the process of registration, risk assessment and authorisation will be costly. Tony Newbould, deputy chief executive of the British Coatings Federation, believes the cost will inevitably see certain chemicals currently in use in Great Britain and Europe discontinued as manufacturers look to keep profit levels up, Newbould claimed there is no "optimism" at all within the industrial coatings industry, simply frustration down the supply chain.


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