Emerald Kalama Chemical has announced the completion of the pre-registration requirements of REACH legislation for the components of its KalamaTMK-FLEX®plasticizers. The K-Flex product line features non-phthalate plasticizer products based on dibenzoate chemistry that are used to impart flexibility, promote adhesion or aid in flow characteristics in adhesives, coatings, flooring, plastisols, and many other applications.
The dibenzoate chemistry, the basis for the K-Flex product
line, has been identified by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) as a safer,
viable alternative to various phthalate plasticizers that have been identified
as “substances of very high concern” (SVHC).
Phthalate plasticizers classified as SVHC include benzyl butyl
phthalate (BBP), bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and dibutyl phthalate
(DBP). These chemistries have come under increased scrutiny under article
58.3(c) of the REACH regulation because of their proven persistent,
bioaccumulative and toxic nature (PVB) or very persistent and very
bioaccumulative nature (vPvB), coupled with wide dispersive uses or high
volumes. Of particular concern is benzyl butyl phthalate, which was targeted in
the January 2009 ECHA report as an SVHC material with the potential to cause
reproductive risks. This same report named dibenzoate plasticizers as an
acceptable alternative to BBP, partially due to their ease of
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