The stabiliser producers committed to substitute lead-based stabilisers in EU-28 by the end of 2015.

Lead stabilisers substitution

In the context of the Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry, VinylPlus, the stabiliser producers, ESPA, together with the downstream users, committed to substitute lead-based stabilisers in PVC in EU-28 by the end of 2015. Lead stabilisers are replaced by calcium-based stabilisers, which are used as an alternative.

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Applications

Stabilisers are added to PVC to allow its processing and to improve its resistance to external factors such heat and sunlight (ultraviolet rays). Main applications are pipes and fittings, wire and cables, foamed sheets and profiles, rigid and semi-rigid films (packaging), construction sheets, flexible PVC, medical appliances, consumer goods (shoe soles, rubber boots, car interiors, ...) and coatings & flooring (tarpaulins, tents, gym floors, ...).

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