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A sustainable alternative to CrVI

09 October 2018

Brussels, 29 October 2018 – The Alliance of PVD Providers (APP) of which Ionbond is a member, urges the European institutions to make substitution of hazardous chemicals under REACH a reality by replacing chromium trioxide (CrVI) by the sustainable alternative Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) technology.

CrVI is a carcinogenic substance that is banned on the European market since 2011. However, in spite of this and in spite of the fact that sustainable alternative technologies do exist, CrVI is still being used on an industrial scale. Indeed, the European Commission is still planning on granting various pending CrVI authorisations for unnecessarily long periods of time (12 years).

As such, the APP wants the European institutions to:


  1. Give clarity to the market by making a quick decision on the pending authorisations of CrVI applications including the Lanxess, Gerhardi and Hapoc applications by December 2018.

  2. Shorten the authorised usage of the Gerhardi application to a maximum of 7 years. This view is supported by at least some participants within the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) itself.


To support the above demands the APP has drafted the manifesto “A sustainable alternative to CrVI” (please find here). It aims to demonstrate that CrVI can easily be substituted by PVD technologies that provide the same quality, are economically priced, are available to meet market demand and approved by the automotive industry.

Substitution by more environmentally-friendly products is meant to be the primary objective of REACH. The current status-quo means business as usual for CrVI, which is a lose-lose situation for society as it is a lost opportunity for a more sustainable Europe. Indeed, both businesses and NGOs know that if there ever was a clear case for substitution, this is the one. Inspired by what Erin Brockovich has achieved in eliminating CrVI in the US, the APP has been established to advocate for a better outcome.

We urge the European institutions to say yes to investment in a sustainable technologies that befit the EU’s ambition to create a non-toxic environment. To say yes to a climate-friendly manufacturing process that is compatible with the Paris goals. And lastly, to say yes to a competitive EU that has the know-how and skills to compete with technological giants in the United States, China and elsewhere, rather than leaving the field to other countries to be the first to develop new, greener technologies.

For any questions, please contact Willem Vriesendorp (+32 2 613 2828), Partner Fipra International on behalf of the Alliance of PVD Providers.

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