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    What are plastics and rubbers?

    2021-03-08
    ProductIP
    Experienced

    Plastics and rubber materials are both made from the same families of polymers. The polymers are mixed with a complex blend of materials known as additives. Rubbers are elastomers, these are polymers with an elastic property. This elasticity differentiates rubbers from plastics

    The Möbius loop

    2021-02-24
    ProductIP
    Intermediate

    Article 8 of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62/EC defines the marking and identification of packaging materials. The identification of the nature of the packaging material facilitates collection, reuse, recovery and recycling of packaging.

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    The route to become a SVHC

    2022-02-11
    ProductIP
    Experienced

    Twice per year, around January and July, more SVHC’s are included in the “Candidate List”. The obligations for the additional SVHC’s come into effect immediately. Understanding the steps that lead to the final decision will help you to avoid surprises and take action before the deadline.

    BREXIT - UK REACH is no EU REACH

    2021-10-08
    ProductIP
    Intermediate

    BREXIT affects the business for consumer products on the UK market dramatically. The legal obligations that apply to consumer products under EU REACH are extensive. The same goes for UK REACH applicable on the UK market.

    Smart chemical testing plan for metals & alloys

    2021-06-04
    ProductIP
    Expert

    How to make a smart, reasonable cost effective testing plan for chemical safety for non-food consumer products? Or how to avoid unnecessary costs on chemical analysis?

    Test plan for polymeric Food Contact Materials

    2021-05-28
    ProductIP
    Expert

    What kind of laboratory analysis respectively tests are required for plastic, rubber or silicone Food Contact Materials (FCM) and articles?

    CMR Substances

    2021-05-21
    ProductIP
    Intermediate

    CMR substances are chemical substances (or mixtures) of specific concern due to the long term and serious effects that they may have on human health. 

    Artificial leather

    2021-03-08
    ProductIP
    Experienced

    Artificial leather, also called synthetic or imitation leather, is a material intended to substitute for leather in upholstery, clothing, footwear, and other uses. Artificial leather is marketed under many names, including "leatherette", "faux leather", "vegan leather", "PU leather" and “pleather”.

    Leather tanning

    2021-03-08
    ProductIP
    Experienced

    Tanning is the method of preserving animal skin, with or without hair using tannins. These are acidic chemical compounds that stabilise the fibre structure of the skin and prevent it from decaying, decomposing and oxidising.

    Dyes and pigments

    2021-03-08
    ProductIP
    Expert

    Textile dyes and pigments are chemical substances used to colour fabrics. The main difference between both is that dyes are soluble in water and pigments are not.

    Softening of textiles

    2021-03-08
    ProductIP
    Expert

    Softeners are finishing agents that are applied to textile materials to provide them with a pleasing touch or feel. As a general rule, the softening agents applied are lubricating agents, which facilitate the fiber sliding within the fabric structure, thus granting easier deformation and creasing of the fabric.