First European manufacturer of graphic films to offer a full range of REACH-compliant and lead chromate free plotter vinyls

13 Feb 2014

The European regulation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) entered into force in the EU in 2007 with a phased implementation running over a 10 year period. It addresses the use of chemical substances and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment for products manufactured or sold into the EU. The purpose of REACH is to increase knowledge about chemical substances marketed in the EU, and their uses, and to ensure that they are properly managed.

As one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of vinyls for the graphics industry, ORAFOL Europe GmbH is pleased to announce that all coloured plotter vinyls manufactured and sold by ORAFOL have now been REACH certified. Furthermore, the construction of the films has been enhanced so that all the materials are not only REACH compliant but also now lead chromate free.

Evelyn Zocher, Sales and Marketing Director for ORAFOL’s Graphic Products Division says: “ORAFOL has always been a great supporter of environmental initiatives that can ensure the best possible level of environmental sustainability delivered by our company. As one of the biggest producers of graphic films in Europe, we have a great responsibility to ensure that our products are produced in a manner that is as environmentally friendly as possible, and utilising the most sustainable raw materials as we possibly can. We have for a number of years worked towards fulfilling the REACH requirements, and the work done by ORAFOL’s R&D team has been outstanding”.

As the first European graphics film manufacturer, ORAFOL is now ready to state full REACH compliancy as well as lead chromate free the entire range of ORACAL® coloured plotter vinyl films.
 
“This is a major milestone for ORAFOL, and one which will have a positive effect not only on our customers worldwide, but also on the environment as a whole for future generations”, Evelyn Zocher concludes.

Production of the REACH compliant and lead chromate free materials from ORAFOL will commence within the first quarter of 2014 for all coloured plotter vinyls successively. 

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