REACH Registration webinar

We are now a few weeks away from the second REACH registration deadline of May 31, 2013, which covers all phase-in substances manufactured or imported into the EU and above 100 tonnes per year.
European Union manufacturers and importers should be preparing now for this important milestone, in order to submit on time all the dossiers they need to continue their chemical business.

Remember: no registration means no market for your products

Thanks to the expertise gained from the first registration phase, ReachCentrum, a market leader in REACH support management, can help you with your registration, including your dossier submission as co-registrants and lead registrants.

ReachCentrum will help you complete your own Joint Submission dossier providing you with the in-depth knowledge of how to fill in the appropriate data in the correct way, as a personal tutoring.

Please join ReachCentrum for a complimentary webinar on 2013 Registration
on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 , 2 pm until 3 pm (presumably Brussels time)

Registration page is at:

Previous events have been highly regarded by REACH registration specialists: this one also could be very informative.

Graphene – commercial potentials and challenges

IDTechEx Research is launching a special edition dedicated to graphene on its Printed Electronics World online journal.
For two consecutive weeks, you will read invited articles outlining the views of select industry and academic players about the commercial potential and challenges facing the emerging graphene industry. The selected players represent a broad cross-section of the industry, discussing aspects related to the entire industry, different production techniques and multiple products.

In this special edition of Printed Electronics World, you will hear about a range of issues, including (a) the need for an association body that can bring clarity to the market; (b) commercialisation challenges stemming from the rapid growth in patenting activity; (c) the need for, and methods of, changing the price and performance paradigm of composites using graphene; (d) the integration and manufacturing challenges involved in bringing graphene to products; (e) the progress with high-frequency electronics; (d) perspectives on the use of 2D graphene-like materials in composites; and (e) the emphasis on cost as a differentiation against carbon nanotubes.

The contributors to this special edition include Graphene Technologies, Grafen Industries Co, Angstron Materials, Vorbeck Materials, Graphene Laboratories, Xolve, AMO GmBH, GRAnPH Nanotech and the University of Cambridge. Many of these companies will be presenting at Graphene LIVE!

IDTechex  invites you to attend their Graphene LIVE! event, which takes place on 17 & 18 April in Berlin, to learn more, network and do business. Graphene LIVE! is a tradeshow and conference co-located alongside the Printed Electronics, Energy Harvesting and Supercapacitor events. Co-location benefits the graphene industry by bringing together the end users and suppliers.

Almost 700 substance still have no Lead Registrant for 2013 – does this affect you?

ECHA has published a list of almost 700 substances which were identified by industry to be registered by 31 May 2013 for which a Lead registrant has still not been identified.

Potential registrants and downstream users are strongly advised to check this list to ensure that  substances manufactured or imported at or above 100 tonnes a year will be registered on time. Substances on the list that will not be registered may unexpectedly disappear from the market.

A webform is still available for Lead registrants and candidate Lead registrants to communicate their role to ECHA. Registrants preparing dossiers for the substances on the list are encouraged to inform ECHA about their intention to register using a functional mailbox provided by the Agency. Companies are also advised to use the same functional mailbox to explain why eventually the substance does no longer need to be registered.

Further information is available on the ECHA website at    If you have any concerns that this may affect your supply chain then please contact the REACHReady Helpdesk at

The New Electronics and Electrics Needs You

By Dr Peter Harrop, IDTechEx

IDTechEx is an analyst, publisher and event organiser in the new electronics and electrics. Our analysts, mainly at PhD level, travel their lives away finding and interpreting the latest research and company activity.

For the chemical industry, this sector is where the pharmaceutical industry was forty years ago – at the dawn of huge new opportunities for high margin formulations. For example, the new printed electronics involves sophisticated inks for light emitters, sensors and much more. Thin film technologies such as chemical vapour deposition calling for relatively simple precursors give way to printing inks with rheology and curing temperatures variously tailored to the very different requirements of ink jet, gravure and other printing machines and low temperature polymer substrates. Printing permits cost reduction, increased area as with the new flexible displays and flexible solar cells and sometimes better performance.

Change is rapid, with new opportunities arriving on a weekly basis, an example of this being electric vehicles land, water and airborne. This is a booming industry from hybrid cars to mobility for the disabled and silent aircraft. In electric vehicles, every component and structural material is changing radically. Lithium-ion batteries are replacing lead acid and NiMH versions, silicon carbide and gallium nitride power components permit higher frequency and temperature than the silicon ones they replace, carbon fibre reduces structural weight and aerogels, carbon nanotubes and graphene are helping supercapacitors to replace some batteries thanks to longer life and superior performance. Half the cost of a new motor or electric vehicle power supply can be the circuitry integrated into the structure these days. Printed then moulded electrics and electronics is reducing weight, volume and the cost of control and lighting modules while increasing reliability. The individual components are increasingly vanishing into structures and the greatest added value for this will go to the chemical industry.  See the overhead lighting and control cluster in the latest Ford Fusion car for a recent example.

The chemical repertoire sought is far broader than that in the pharmaceutical industry with sophisticated organics, inorganics and carbon allotropes in composites, film and ink. For example, those involved in the chemistry of titanium, indium, gallium, zinc, antimony and lithium can derisk their investment by serving a broad range of applications in the new electronics and electrics such as the new supercabatteries, metamaterials, memristors and nano-electromechanical devices NEMS. This spans everything from animated cornflake packets to bionic man and woman. New ways of harvesting heat, movement, light and infrared into electricity are coming in rapidly and the new transparent electrics and electronics exploits many inorganic and organic compounds often combined in multilayers, compounds or composites. With this wealth of opportunity, this industry sees PVDF and its variants as a very useful active electrode binder, a dielectric, electret, piezoelectric, ferroelectric and insulator for instance.

Small and medium sized chemical companies are already prospering from this vibrant new sector, even before some of the resulting devices are commercially successful. BASF licensed semiconducting and dielectric inks for organic printed transistors from tiny Reike Metals and Polyera then bought the small business Sion Power for $50 million. It makes its own formulations for its lithium metal polymer batteries involving sulfur chemistry. Indeed, BASF is licensing other lithium battery and supercabattery chemistry from a number of organisations not yet trading. Otherwise, the usual rule applies where the small company copes with up to kilogram quantities then does a profitable deal to hand over to a large company when shipments increase.

IDTechEx has over 80 relevant reports and also has other services to assist small chemical companies to enter this land of opportunity. A good start is, “Most Needed Chemicals for the New Disruptive Electronics and Electrics”

Then look at the category New Devices and Materials variously covering graphene, CNT, lithium-ion and lithium metal battery chemistry, barrier layers and transparent electrodes and so on in this context.

ECHA Webinar on REACH dossier compliance

ECHA announces an upcoming webinar, open to all: “How to bring your registration dossier in compliance with REACH – Tips and Hints (part 2)” which will take place on Monday 28 January 2013 from 11:00 – 14:00 (Helsinki time).  [ 9 am until 12 noon GMT]

To register, please follow the registration link on the website:

ECHA webinars are described by BASF as “useful and informative”

UK Innovation Forum

UK Innovation Forum ( has a number of chemical requests on its forum page (under Engineering, Physics and Chemistry).  Generally the enquirer seeks a particular functionality  – and recognizes that it is delivered by chemistry.

Other headings (Green Tech, Life Sciences, Biotech, Medicine) may also feature chemical requirements, possibly allied to  a lesser awareness of the role of chemistry.

UK Pavilions at Trade Shows

CIA is coordinating UK pavilions at Chemspec Mumbai, Chemspec Munich, CPhi Tokyo and CPhI Frankfurt in 2013.  UKTI support is available for SMEs: there are many advantages (apart from cost) to being part of a UK stand.

Interested companies should contact Neil Harvey at CIA as soon as possible (

TSB Innovation Vouchers

The Technology Strategy Board has announced the introduction of Innovation Vouchers in 2012 at:

the main page highlights space, built environment and agri-food (which includes: innovations in plant or animal breeding that deliver new or improved varieties or breeds; reducing the impact of disease on crop or animal production through innovation), but the following link:

at “Other Innovation Voucher Schemes” lists all the KTNs and Universities who currently offer Innovation Vouchers,  the amount of the voucher, who can apply, the areas it can be used for and a direct email link to the main contact at the organisation dealing with these vouchers.

Amounts vary, usually averaging £5000 but some with £10k, £12k and,  in Wales £25k!