Unsaturated polyester resins & the EU VOC Directive

Since the introduction of the European VOC Directive there has been uncertainty about its applicability to the Fibre Reinforced Plastics (FRP) industry, both from legislative authorities in various countries as well as in the FRP industry within the EU. In some EU memberStates, the FRP industry has been penalised by legislators attempting to enforce legislation that does not apply to the activity in question. Therefore Plastics Europe Unsaturated Polyester (UP) technical group has assessed the position of the FRP industry with reference to the Directive. This position paper provides guidance with respect to the applicability of the Directive to the FRP industry.

Reclassification of Styrene and the Influence on UP/VE resins

Since June 2007, the REACH legislation has been in force. The main aim of REACH is to ensure the safe use of chemicals for workers, consumers and the environment. The REACH legislation puts the responsibility on industry and imposes obligations on all parties in the supply chain. The styrene manufacturers/importers have registered styrene and have started to send out the new extended Safety Data Sheets (eSDS)

The European UP Resin Sector Group Statement concerning styrene-free technologies

The European UP Resin Sector Group in CEFIC1 , which is currently composed of Ashland, CCP Composites, Reichhold and Scott Bader, has been and will continue to be deeply committed to innovation and technological development. Over the past decades, it has taken many initiatives towards the continuous improvement of products, equipment, transport, handling, best practices and information for the benefit of its consumers and workers. This has helped to ensure the safe handling of styrene based UP resins and the ever growing success of these resins in numerous applications

Glass fibre reinforced thermosets: recyclable and compliant with the EU legislation

The European Plastics Converters (EuPC), the European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) and the European Composite Recycling Service Company (ECRC) welcome the The End-of-Life of Vehicles Directive (Directive 2000/53/EC) and the Waste Framework Directive (Directive 2008/98/EC): glass fibre reinforced thermosets are both material and energy recyclable through the cement kiln route and compliant with the EU legislation