Indestructible Paint Ltd.’s commitment to developing alternatives to chrome-based products has been enhanced through a further focus on the aerospace industry by the performance paint and coatings manufacturer. The continued commitment to this key field – one of the most challenging application areas – results from new chrome replacement target dates that have now been set for specific products by the European Chemical Agency (ECHA).
“ECHA has reacted positively to our application for authorisation for specific products that use pentazinc chromate octahydroxide,” says Brian Norton, Indestructible Paint’s Managing Director. “This relates to supplies of a particular anti-corrosion primer that is used by our aerospace customers on components that relate only to flight operations, such as engine fan cases and fuel tanks.” An authorisation period of 12 years has been recommended by ECHA and this now awaits confirmation by the European Commission.
“However, the overall company strategy, which has been a key focus of Indestructible Paint’s highly regarded research and development department for a number of years, is to continue development of products that can replace those that include chrome pigments,” adds Brian Norton. In Indestructible Paint’s case, this has pointed towards developing specific anti-corrosion primers that are particularly relevant to one of the world’s leading aerospace manufacturing companies.
“The agreement to extend the use of this particular primer beyond the sunset date for pentazinc chromate octahydroxide recognises the importance and complexity of the subject – which, of course, has an important health and safety significance,” continues Brian Norton. “We continue to be committed to working towards the goal of chrome-free products and to developing solutions with leading manufacturers in this sector, and look forward now to our further work in the areas defined by the ECHA’s extended timeframe.”