Testing times for silicones industry

Article based on report in the January/February edition of European Rubber Journal magazine

London- European manufacturers of silicone rubber materials and products are facing stiff challenges on a number of fronts that look set to persist throughout the year.

Potentially, the biggest issue is the European Chemical Agency’s (ECHA) decision, last June, to add chemical intermediates D4, D5 and D6 to the REACH candidate list as substances of very high concern (SVHCs).

D4 (octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane), D5 (decamethylcyclopentasiloxane) and D6 (dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane) are used as chemical intermediates in the production of…

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