The plating industry can breathe a sigh of relief: at the moment, boric acid will not become subject to authorisation. For the time being, the European Commission has postponed the decision on the inclusion of boric acid in Annex XIV (Authorization List) of the REACH regulation. The respective Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/999 was published on 14 June 2017 and shall enter into force on 3 July 2017. Boric acid was included in the candidate list because of...more

The sunset date for chromium trioxide (September 21, 2017) is approaching. As Annex XIV substance, chromium trioxide will be subject to authorisation, which entails new obligations for downstream users, i.e. formulators and platers. Under REACH, substances may either be included in Annex XVII (Restricted substances list) or be placed on the so-called candidate list (SVHC list) before they eventually end up in Annex XIV (List of Substances subject to...more

Yet another building block has been added to Schlötter’s integrated management system: an energy management system (EnMS). With the new certificate being handed over to Schlötter on October 26, 2016, the company is now officially certified to DIN EN ISO 50001. The new EnMS was implemented under the auspices of Energy Management Officers Dr Joachim Heermann and Günther Lehle, who were supported by an energy team with several members on-site and an external consultant. By...more