Cast elastomer groups active in developing MOCA replacements
Report by Liz White, UTI editor
The situation for use of the polyurethane elastomer curative MOCA (methyl-bis-chloroaniline) in Europe is getting more difficult.
ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, is considering adding the curative to its candidate list of SVHCs (Substances of Very High Concern), which will need authorisation to use. At present ECHA is consulting on the move.
At Chemtura, Mark Moody, marketing manager in EMEA for Adiprene/Vibrathane, noted that “anything on the SVHC list has the potential to become authorised eventually,” although that hasn’t happened yet.
For Baule, Philippe Jeantin, managing director, said, “I think MOCA is not more dangerous today than it was ten years ago – and the way people are handling it is much better.” He noted that there is nevertheless pressure on BaulŽ and all the small moulders.
Any trend away from MOCA in Europe is slow, he said, noting the reality: that “MOCA is still widely used.”
“We can help users handle it with the highest possible standards. We are, as part of…