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Liquid Lens offers solution to new EU regulations

With new European Union regulations regarding the use of five organic mercury salts due to come into effect this month, print service providers are being forced to seek alternate solutions.

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Liquid Lens says its solutions are not impacted by the new EU regulations

As of October 10th, print firms will no longer be able to use the salts as catalysts in polyurethane resin doming systems—a move that will not only impact the use of materials, but also the machinery and equipment used for production.

However, the ban does not apply to all doming resins and Liquid Lens says it will be able to offer a solution to the new restrictions. The firm has been both selling and using mercury-free doming systems for 20 years.

Steve Hastie, managing director of Liquid Lens, comments: “The new directive will unfortunately impact a lot of businesses as they will need to invest in new machines and processes that cater for the permitted resins, however, in the long run, this will actually benefit the doming industry.

“Mercury-free resins eliminate the risk of exposure to potentially harmful substances but still have the benefits of a superior finish and high durability.”

Mercury-free resins eliminate the risk of exposure to potentially harmful substances but still have the benefits of a superior finish and high durability

Liquid Lens cartridge resin can dry in typical room temperatures and can also be accelerated by using a purpose-built drying oven. Industry members keen to gain further insight into the technology can do so at The Print Show next week, where the firm will b exhibiting on stand G15.

In addition, Liquid Lens noted that another new directive will come into effect on January 1st, banning all mercury catalysts for the production of polyurethane in Europe, and Hastie says this could also impact those in the sign-making sector. 

Hastie adds: “The legislation affects everyone from badge, sign and trophy makers to businesses in the automotive, jewellery and promotional merchandise industries.”

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