At CAPLNQ, we care about the environment and the role that we can play in preserving it for our children and generations to come. This means that we think about the applications where our products are used and make a conscious choice to use develop formulations that can be used for years to come with as little environmental impact as possible.
As a means to measure this impact, CAPLINQ designs materials that are compliant to REACH and RoHS industry standards.
Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is a European Union Regulation that addresses the production and use of chemical substances, and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment. REACH entered into force in 1 June 2007, with an aim to streamline and improve the legislative framework on chemical entering into the European Union and place greater responsibility on industry to manage the risks that chemicals may pose to the health and the environment.
The Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) took effect on 1 July 2006, and is enforced by all countries within the European Union. RoHS is often referred to as the lead-free directive, but it restricts the use of the following six substances:
- 1. Lead (Pb)
- 2. Mercury (Hg)
- 3. Cadmium (Cd)
- 4. Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+)
- 5. Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
- 6. Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)
- 7. PBB and PBDE are flame retardants used in several plastics.
For CAPLINQ, this means developing materials that meet these directives, but developing materials that are compatible with other raw materials that also meet these directives. Since REACH was introduced in 2007, focus has been on developing REACH and RoHS-compliant materials.
As a result, more than five new mold compounds and coating powders have been developed that are not only free of halogens, bromine, antimony and phosphorous, but also can withstand the higher process temperatures imposed by lead-free solder materials.
These materials are of course REACH and RoHS compliant and are prime examples of the innovative solutions CAPLINQ can develop for your company and application.
CAPLINQ is a specialty chemicals, plastics and products company that specializes in making foreign companies compete on a level playing field with European suppliers. Visit caplinq.com to learn more about our REACH services including our REACH Only Representation. You can also contact us to understand more about our green chemistry.