Chemical Watch: September 2016

The European Commission has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) it is to approve lactic acid for use in human hygiene disinfectants (product-type one). The Commission proposes to adopt the approval in December. It will enter into force 20 days after the Regulation is published in the Official Journal and apply from July 2018. The WTO is accepting comments until 15 November.


Polymer Paints Coatings Journal: September 2016

Jotun, a global leader in marine antifouling coatings, believes the European Union’s decision to approve the use of copper in marine antifoulings will ensure continued delivery of powerful benefits for both the shipping industry and environment.

Copper is a key ingredient of most antifouling coatings, valued for its ability to provide the best overall balance of environmental protection and cost savings.

By preventing the settling, growth and spread of a wide range of fouling species, copper plays a key role in ensuring clean vessel hulls. This minimises frictional resistance, reducing speed loss, fuel consumption, emissions, and the spread of potentially invasive marine species.

“Copper’s efficacy is second to none when it comes to delivering clean hulls,” comments Mr Alfie Ong, VP Jotun Marine Coatings. “And clean hulls are integral to enhancing the sustainability of the shipping industry, both commercially and environmentally.

“Measuring hull performance in line with the soon to be published ISO 19030, we see that copper – a key ingredient of Jotun’s SeaQuantum X200 – performs well above competing alternatives. This means it provides not only the best ROI for ship owners, but also the best results for the environment.

“That’s why it’s excellent news for our customers that the EU, after an extensive review, has approved the use of copper in antifoulings through to 2026.”

To prove the effectiveness of SeaQuantum X200, which has now been applied to over 400 vessels worldwide, Jotun has developed the Hull Performance Solutions (HPS) concept. This combines the coating with enhanced technical service and performance analysis according to the soon to be published ISO 19030. On top of that HPS guarantees the performance with a cash back promise which is unique in the market.

In the first ever five year dry-docking of a vessel treated with HPS (Gearbulk’s Penguin Arrow, dry-

docked in late 2015), recorded data demonstrated that the ship made a staggering fuel saving of US$1.5M, cutting CO2 emissions by some 12,055 tonnes, across the 60-month period (compared to the previous five years). “The results speak for themselves,” Ong notes. “SeaQuantum X200 delivers proven ROI for shipowners, reducing operational costs and slashing emissions. Copper is a key component which enables that performance. 


Chemical Watch: September 2016

Hydrogen peroxide (Product Types 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6) will be approved for use in biocidal products placed on the EU market, on 1 February 2017. Biocidal products containing this active substance will therefore need to obtain EU BPR authorisation if they are to remain on the market.

Taking one European Country as an example such as the UK, all affected companies are reminded that they must apply for UK product authorisation by 1 February 2017 in order to keep their biocidal products on the UK market after the active substance approval date, 1 February 2017. Please note if your biocidal product contains more than one active substance the date by which you have to apply for product authorisation will be the date the last active substance in the product is approved. 

If no application for product authorisation in the UK is made by 1 February 2017 for a biocidal product containing this active substance, the biocidal product shall no longer be made available on the UK market after 31 July 2017. Disposal and use of existing stocks of the biocidal product may continue until 1 February 2018.  If the biocidal product has approval under the UK Control of Pesticides Regulations (COPR) its approval will be revoked.  


Press Release: September 2016

Ashland Global Holdings will increase prices 6 percent to 10 percent for its personal and home care products effective October 5, 2016, or as contracts allow.

The price adjustment is necessitated due to a general increase in costs. This will enable Ashland to continue to provide its customers with the premium level services that they currently receive meeting the highest levels of technical support, regulatory compliance, quality, supply, service, safety and value.

Ashland Global Holdings is a global leader in providing specialty chemical solutions to customers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets, including adhesives, architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical.


European Coatings Journal: September 2016

The German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Baua) requires a study on the release of aerosols from the use of biocidal foam applications, as compared to biocidal spray products.

Baua hopes to derive a model for the exposure assessment of the foams, based on the study. The institute also aims to get an idea of current inhalation and dermal exposure to such biocides, in occupational settings.

Biocidal foams are increasingly used by professionals, according to Baua. Foam disinfectants are becoming more common in human hygiene, as well as food and feed product-types. They are also cropping up in insecticides, rodenticides, wood preservatives, stabilisers for building materials, repellents and attractants.

The institute says the applications are hardly considered in available guidance documents on exposure assessments of biocides. Member states handling product authorisation applications for biocidal foams tend, therefore, to base their exposure assessment on guidance for spray applications.

This may overestimate the actual exposure, since foam applications are thought to release fewer aerosols than sprays, it says. Hence, inhalation and dermal exposure are likely to be lower when using foams.