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SMC/BMC Holds First Sustainability Conference

07 February 2012

On 26-27 January 2012, the European Alliance (EA) for SMC(sheet moulding compound)/BMC(bulk moulding compound) held its first conference on sustainability of SMC/BMC based products in Brussels.

According to the EA, the two-day conference brought together high level speakers and participants from the entire value chain of the composites industry, highlighting the environmental credentials of light materials – SMC/BMC - and the significant importance this material has towards a competitive and sustainable Europe.

Invited as a Keynote Speaker at the conference, Mr. Kurt Vandenberghe, Head of Cabinet of Janez Potocnik, EU Commissioner for the Environment, addressed the business case for the EU resource efficiency action plan. In his speech, he welcomed the industry’s efforts towards sustainability while pointing out the need for structural transformations towards decoupling and better EU law implementation. The use of incentives and economic instruments for the industry as well as cooperation between the private & public sector is paramount to reach these objectives.

According to the EA, during the conferencethey released the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) study for SMC/BMC. They say the LCA study has been reviewed according to ISO 14040/14044 standards by an independent panel review. This tool allows a quantitative assessment of SMC/BMC with other materials and generates further options to optimise materials and products in terms of sustainability. The conclusions of the LCA study confirm SMC/BMC recycling through the cement kiln route and SMC/BMC as sustainable materials.

Commenting on the outcome of the conference, Mr. Fons Harbers, Chairman of the Marketing Group of the EAfor SMC/BMC noted that “during these two days, the SMC/BMC industry showed that our products provide sustainable alternatives to other materials while maintaining high performance and flexibility of design. SMC/BMC is a material of today with an incredible potential for tomorrow”.

The sustainability conference follows the earlier release last year of the Sustainability of SMC/BMC based products Reportby the EAfor SMC/BMC.