EU hazardous substances directive will not restrict PVC – Vinnolit

01 December 2010 17:28  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--The EU’s directive on restricting hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment will not curb the use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), Germany-based PVC producer Vinnolit said on Wednesday.

Contrary to earlier fears, under the new version of the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) directive, PVC would remain an important chemical in the manufacture of electrical and electronic devices, Vinnolit environment manager Oliver Mieden said.

He added that attempts by some EU parliamentarians to bring about a ban on PVC, without any scientific basis, had failed.

“PVC is not a dangerous plastic, and it has no place on lists for dangerous substances,” Mieden said.

The new RoHS directive, as backed by the European Parliament last week, tackled “real problems” instead of indulging in “symbolic politics and made-up issues,” he said.

Vinnolit has the capacity to produce 780,000 tonnes of PVC a year.

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