The use of the hexavalent chromium is allowed by the European Union until September 2024. The authorizations will be renewable.
Eco-responsibility and sustainable development are two inseparable notions of a modern and competitive quality policy for a chemical-using company.
REACH is an adopted EU regulation to better protect human health and environment against the risks linked to the chemical substances, while promoting the EU chemical industry competitivity.
The annex XIV of REACH submits the use of some substances to authorization. The Hexavalent Chromium, or “Chrome 6”, or “Chromium Trioxide” is included. This is the raw material for the Hard Chrome Plating process. Which is a widely used process in many applications because of its specific properties. It consists in the electrochemical reduction of a hexavalent chromium salt into a metallic chromium on the client’s part.
The Verbrugge Company filed, with the CTAC consortium, an UPSTREAM file which is now studied by the ECHA for the chromium trioxide in the hard chrome plating context.
Since September 2017 and according to the recommended durations by the risks evaluation comity, the rules are the following:
- 7 years minimum authorization with a possible extension, subject to the deposit of a new authorization request file.
- Supplying of the substance nearby a supplier having a registration number.
- Notification of the use of the substance to the ECHA.
- The use of the substance in accordance with the authorization file described conditions.
- The pursuit of alternative solutions researches.
The ECHA is aware that many sectors of activity are users and there is no legitimate substitute developed yet.
Today, Verbrugge has the authorization to continue using the hexavalent chromium for plating your parts at least until 2024! We are working with a supplier having a registration number and we apply operational conditions and the risk management measures described in the CTACSub authorization request.
The trivalent chromium seems to be the hexavalent chromium substitute and we need to get involved into it!
So far, many hard chrome plating alternatives have already been studied. But the trivalent chromium coating is naturally coming back on the top of the list:
- This is the same material protecting your parts: chromium!
- This is the same technology of a chromium salt reduced by electrolysis.
- This is a non-toxic chemistry, not categorized in the ECHA’s annex XIV.
- And we master the electrolytic coating technology since 1941!
For a long time waited, the hard chrome plating with trivalent chromium salt comes back in the forefront. Seriously studied since 2013 by the industry, it returns and prevails itself as a credible, polyvalent and competitive alternative.
- Thicknesses from a few micrometers to several hundred micrometers
- High hardness out of bath > 750 Hv
- Taber wear resistance equivalent
- Corrosion resistance with a nickel sublayer
Our Research and Development teams work with energy to master this new process to support you through this sustainable transition.
How to be ready to integrate the chrome 3 technology in 2024? Well, by doing chrome 3.000, a modern Cr6 production line “trivalent-ready”!
“There is moment when the society and the planet constraints catch you up“
A strategy of sustainable development and energy efficiency enables an increased competitivity.
Launched in 2016, in partnership with many regional actors (schools, public and private laboratories…), the Chrome 3 000 project aims to place at your disposal a high-tech workshop including a modern and “Trivalent-Ready” Chrome 6 production line by the year 2020.
To anticipate the future, this industrial tool will be able to integrate our current hard chrome plating process, with hexavalent chromium, and our future process, with trivalent chromium.
- Energetic flux cartography
- Connected company, directly linked to the client
- Robotic, automatic and polyvalent hard chrome plating production line
Electrolytic coatings processes simulations
We are working in close collaboration with industrialists and researchers on the development and the use of the hard chrome plating process with trivalent chromium.
In response to this technical, eco-responsible and necessary challenge, Verbrugge commits to propose you a peaceful transition and to guarantee you the best possible continuity of service!