01 May 2018
01 May 2018
As the REACH deadline for registering chemicals approaches, Bitrez is inviting overseas resin producers to use its UK-based production facilities
There is less than one month to go before the 31 May deadline to register chemical substances manufactured or imported from outside the EU above 1 tonne per year. Already REACH compliant, Bitrez believes its offer will be seen by many in the industry as welcome news owing to unresolved issues over Brexit, including how REACH will impact businesses once the UK leaves Europe. With 20% of its business being toll conversion/contract manufacturing, Bitrez supplies resins for packaging coatings, automotive refinish coatings and aerospace businesses in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.
“With trade agreements and disagreements, the need for domestic manufactured products for Europe has never been greater in the resin market," says Dominic Hopwood, Bitrez’s Composites Resin Sales Manager. "Add to this the additional pressure from regulatory bodies such as REACH and a drive to eliminate or reduce specific materials, and it clear that there is a real need for specialist resin producers, like Bitrez, with decades of experience in satisfying production demands through toll conversion, development or co-development.”
Bitrez offers toll conversion in both its UK manufacturing facilities as well as technical support when required. The company's manufacturing plant comprises reaction units of 3000-30,000 litre capacity, along with cooling facilities to accommodate high reactivity resins which can operate at temperatures of up to 300°C. Bitrez can produce materials from laboratory scale through a transient pilot stage to enable scale up and allow for small scale qualification work before moving to commercial manufacture.
REACH is a European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals. It came into force on 1 June 2007 and replaced a number of European Directives and Regulations with a single system.
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