18 December 2012
18 December 2012
DSM advises that the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) recommendation of the EU RAC last week of styrene as CMR2 is a clear signal for the composites industry to start investigating substitute technologies.
DSM has introduced a full range of Atlac Premium styrene-free resins that offers a viable alternative for many applications.
Last week the European Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) has adopted fifteen opinions for harmonised classification and labelling (CLH), including one for styrene monomer. The RAC agreed with the proposal from Denmark to classify styrene as “causing damage to the hearing organs through prolonged or repeated exposure via inhalation”, and as “a substance suspected of damaging the unborn child (Reprotox 2)”. The final decision for proposals for harmonised classification and labelling, and other proposals will be taken by the European Commission through a committee procedure.
Styrene-free resin systems have been on the radar for a number of years. There has been a lot of interest for styrene-free resins in applications such as relining, marine, automotive, food and construction. DSM is actively working on the development of such resin systems, and already launched at AVK 2011 a full range of Atlac Premium styrene-free resins.
“The discussion about the hazardous properties of styrene has been on-going for decades and still has to reach a conclusion. So we need to be realistic about the pace of change”, says Robert Puyenbroek, Chief Technical Officer of DSM Composite Resins. “However, once a viable styrene-free technology becomes available, the likelihood that our customers will want to implement such a sustainable solution will definitely increase.”
“It is fair to say that the new proposed CMR2 reclassification is a very important milestone towards creating an environment where more efforts will need to be undertaken to develop cleaner, more sustainable materials”, adds Fons Harbers, European Commercial Director DSM Composite Resins.
“DSM is well positioned to offer our customers styrene-free products that combine performance and reduce impact on the environment.”
Cobra International is celebrating its 40th year and has commissioned a book that will look at 40 key projects and 40 key people that were integral to the company’s growth. ‘Klaus Simmer and The King Cobra: A breakthrough in surfboard design and production technology’ is an extract article from this book and a breakthrough composites product for Cobra, establishing its presence as a manufacturer of high performance windsurf boards and creating global visibility for the Cobra brand.
Fibrelite reports that since the start of its partnership with Trenwa more than 100 precast trench systems integrating Fibrelite composite covers have been sold for use in electrical substations, wastewater treatment plants, chemical refineries and many other applications across North America.
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)’s composites research and development was on display when the Centre for Future Materials (CFM) held its inaugural Open Day.