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SUR/FIN 2012 a Success!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the SUR/FIN 2012 Conference in Las Vegas! With many attendees and speakers from around the world, and a very well-attended show, the Conference was considered a success by all who were present. We also want to extend a thank you to the many people whose efforts made it happen. To stay up to date on all the challenges and accomplishments within the Surface Finishing industry, be sure to attend the SUR/FIN 2013 conference next year in Rosemont, Illinois, right next to O’Hare airport! Exhibit Registration is already underway but keep your eye out at for the call for presentations and attendee registration which will begin early next year.

Latest additions to REACH Annex XIV Authorization List

Dec 20, 2011 – 13 new substances sent to European Commission for inclusion in REACH Annex XIV. Substances in Annex XIV cannot be used in the EU without Authorization – a very complicated, expensive, and limited duration proposition.

Chromium trioxide (chromic acid) is one of the most important of all plating chemicals. It is the fundamental building block for hard chrome plating, and is often used for decorative chrome plating as well. Without hard chrome plating many of the major European industries would find it hard to function, including steel and aluminum production (where it is used on mill rolls), and plastics production (where it is used on molds). In addition chromic acid and sodium dichromate are the most common conversion coatings used for aircraft skins, and since hard chrome plating is still widely used for aircraft actuators and landing gear, these chemicals are essential to the European aerospace industry.

Just to make life more complicated, the listed cobalt salts are essential for most of the trivalent passivation alternatives used for zinc alloys, including for the ZnNi coatings that have taken the place of cadmium in the automotive industry, and the similar LHE ZnNi that is beginning to replace Cd plating in aerospace.

As far as we are aware chromic acid is the only one of these substances for which a Consortium has been set up for Authorization.  Individual companies may be seeking Authorization for some other substances, such as sodium dichromate, but if not these chemicals will become unavailable in Europe in 2015.

As of June 2011 these had not yet been adopted by the Commission.

The COUNTDOWN to SUR/FIN continues!




It’s almost here! Only 4 more days until the start of the 2012 Surface Finishing Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Check out the NASF Surfin website for details on presentations and the activities to occur on these days. Also on their website is real-time countdown clock letting you know just how much longer you have to wait until the conference!