The importance of surface treatment

What if?What if surface treatment did not exist? We’d have to get used again to rusty cars that fall apart after five years, unless the manufacturers would revert to steel plates twice as thick, like the American cars of the 1950’s. Many of these cars can still be admired in Cuba, … but you’d have to imagine them without the frivolous colours, since painting also belongs to the realm of surfac...
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CETS warns EU of disastrous ideology of NGOs

Leuven, 30/04/2020Covid-19 still has a grip on Europe, but some NGOs still refuse to learn the lessons of real life. The recent letter of EEB, ClientEarth, Chemsec, HEAL and Healthcare clearly shows, that they follow some traditional dogmatism neglecting all but their own naive view on society and business. To tell the real truth and give an indication of what the impacts will be of their ideo...
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Advancing REACH Financing options for ECHA

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is responsible for the implementation of REACH and CLP. This report describes the expenditure needed to sustain this work and the funding structure of the Agency. A number of new funding mechanisms which could be introduced into the discussions at EU level are proposed and fee levels estimated. These include: A new annual charge/fee requirement...
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ICDA, the International Chromium Development Association becomes member of CETS

Established in 1984, with a membership representing more than 110 companies across the world and the chromium industry value chain, the ICDA is the authoritative voice of the chromium industry. The ICDA and its members promote the value and sustainability of chromium. Driven by the highest ethical standards and committed to sharing best practices, the ICDA works to unite the industry around th...
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Chromium-6 is carcinogenic, but not dangerous.

Author: Egbert Stremmelaar image source: VDL Chromium-6 is found in many compounds and there are hundreds of processes and products that require these chromium-6 compounds. A property of chromium-6 is without a doubt the fact that it is carcinogenic. However, this does not mean chromium-6 has to be dangerous. Only after treatments such as blasting, sanding,… can make the painted surfac...
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Scientific findings as a basis for decision-making: guideline for assessing the due diligence of scientific rationale

Opinions and decisions are often based on scientific findings. However, it is noticeable that in many, if not most cases, seemingly contradictory findings find themselves opposing each other. This guideline should make it possible to prevent any consideration of apparently untrustworthy bogus findings on the basis of fundamental criteria that are always valid. Read the full guideline here.
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Electroforming with Nickel

Dr. Tony Hart, Hart Materials Limited, Wombourne, UK While there are a large number of written documents on nickel as a coating, there are very few dealing with nickel electroforming. This technology is an important consumer of nickel – about 5,000 tons per year worldwide – used to manufacture a wide range of articles (it is a manufacturing process, not a coating process). It is indeed the...
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Non-profit organisations: experts or populists?

In the field of chemical regulations, documents whose scientific soundness does not stand up to simple plausibility tests are repeatedly being circulated. Some of these require a more rigorous inspection to assess their resilience. However, several authors make no secret of their partiality. Self-proclaimed experts make demands and assertions which, if weighed up carefully, lack any attempt at ob...
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ZVO’s review on periods for chromium trioxide upstream approval applications

After the recent discussion in REACH committee concerning the review periods for upstream applications, ZVO has now compiled a Position Paper on this matter. The use of chromium trioxide became subject to authorisation by inclusion in Annex XIV of REACH. The widespread use of a wide variety of applications in electroplating initially led to seeking higher-level so-called “upstream” application...
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PRESS RELEASE: Surface treatment industry calls on EU to grant authorisations for the continued used of chromium trioxide

Surface treatment industry calls on EU to grant authorisations for the continued used of chromium trioxide The European Committee for Surface Treatment (CETS) has called on the European Commission to grant authorisations for the continued use of chromium trioxide. The applications for authorisation, with reference numbers 0032-01 through to 0032-06, were duly made before the sunset date of 21st S...
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