11/26/2010

Recast of the RoHS Directive: Today and in the future no restrictions for PVC in electro- and electronic appliances


PVC is an important plastic material for all areas of life and is used for its good properties in the electrical and electronics industry, particularly for cable sheathing, conduits and articles for electrical installations, too. In the current revision of the RoHS directive, "green" Members of the European Parliament had also applied for a banning of PVC in the law - without any scientific basis. This has now been refused by a wide majority in the European Parliament.

"PVC is a safe plastic and has no place in a list of `hazardous substances´”, Dr Oliver Mieden, Environmental Affairs Manager of Vinnolit, pointed out the industry position. "It is also easily recyclable and, with its successful Voluntary Commitment Vinyl 2010, the European PVC industry is making all efforts to shape the environmentally friendly life cycle of PVC."

"We appreciate that the revised RoHS Directive now tackles the real issues, instead of pursuing symbolic politics and dealing with pseudo-problems. We thank all responsible acting political forces in the European Parliament for their support, which has saved many jobs at Vinnolit and beyond", Vinnolit’s Managing Director Dr Josef Ertl said.


Editorial:
Dr Oliver Mieden, Environmental Affairs / Corporate Communications
Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG, Carl-Zeiss-Ring 25, 85737 Ismaning, Germany
Tel.: +49 89 96103-240, Fax: -122, e-mail: oliver.mieden@vinnolit.com

Andrea Walter, Public Relations
Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG, Carl-Zeiss-Ring 25, 85737 Ismaning, Germany
Tel.: +49 89 96103-240, Fax: -122, e-mail: andrea.walter@vinnolit.com