Paint and coatings
The applications making use of epoxies enhanced coatings and paints are very diverse.Read more
Flooring is one of the most important applications for epoxies, accounting for 30% of all epoxies sold in Europe in the construction and coating sector.Read more
Epoxy resins are widely used in the automotive industry as protective coatings, preserving vehicles and extending their average lifespan.Read more
Epoxies are being used in an increasing number of composite pipes and tanks as well as in coatings for traditional steel and concrete products.Read more
Epoxy-based resins are key to food and beverage containers’ long shelf life.Read more
IT & electronics are a sector where the number of applications of epoxy resins has been increasing sharply in the past few years.Read more
Epoxy resins are used both as composites and coatings in the production, transformation and distribution of various types of renewable and non-renewable energy.Read more
Epoxies play a key role in improving the performance of sports and leisure equipment for both amateurs and professionals.Read more
Social & Economic Benefits
Epoxy resins are an incredibly well-versed family of substances which are found in a large variety of industrial and everyday applications. Yet, their value to European consumers and businesses is often little known and their widespread economic value is not well understood.Read more
Reclassification of TMPTGE
Toxicological studies were recently conducted in the framework of the REACH registration of the substance trimethyloltriglycidylether, 1-(2,3-epoxypropoxy)-2,2-bis(2,3-epoxypropoxy)methyl)butane (CAS no. 30499-70-8, also known as TMPTGE).
These studies revealed an adverse effect of the substance on sexual function and fertility; the substance therefore has to be reclassified under GHS as “Reprotoxicant Cat. 1B, H360F: May damage fertility”.
Consequences of reclassification
This change of classification and the attached labeling requirements should equally apply to all products containing the substance CAS 30499-70-8 at a concentration greater or equal to 0.3%, including products that may be regarded as polymers.
The members of the Epoxy Resins Committee of PlasticsEurope will by 1 September 2016 adapt the SDSs and labels of all relevant sales items to the new requirements.