PFAS Developments Update
As an Independent Distributor we work with
manufacturers on elastomer design with the chemicals that are available to us.
Here is what some of the leading chemical manufacturers
say about what they are doing in relation to possible restrictions on the
chemicals used in the sealing industries products.
Presently, the company’s use of PFAS is
limited. We have systems, processes and protocols in place ensuring that PFAS
is used safely, controlled to the highest standards and minimized.
Additionally, where PFAS is used, we are actively working with our customers
and academia to pursue alternatives where feasible.
We take the subject of PFAS very seriously,
and health and safety are Solvay’s top priorities. We are firmly committed
to a more sustainable future and are continuing to invest in Research and
Innovation to develop more sustainable alternatives to our products, where
current restriction proposal on PFAS is much wider and may restrict some
applications that are critical to society with a huge impact on many
downstream products we use in our daily lives and that are critical for the
future development of a sustainable society.
example, fluoropolymers should
not be targeted as they are chemically inert, critical to the functioning of modern
society and key to innovation. Their use is generating
significant benefits along the value chain, making them critical in numerous
technologies, industrial processes, and everyday products.
In addition to the manufacturers, here is what the ESA (European Sealing
In our industry sector, per-
and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are essential in many applications, and
the damage that would be caused to the environment by not using them would be
unthinkable. There are very few alternatives that offer the same properties,
and if they existed, they would be utilised.
If you are concerned these restrictions will impact your
industry and application and would like to discuss alternative materials for
your application, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01226 273700.