At a time when there is much uncertainty as to the up and coming REACH regulations in respect of chromium compounds in gravure and their future use, increasing regulations and possible outright bans the focus of the ERA meeting is for those within the European print supply chain to meet and discuss the challenges and opportunities.
In addition to giving a brief update on the (size variable polymer build-up) Hybrid Cylinder the focus of the presentation, in keeping with the theme, was concentrated on HCR, otherwise known as the Hybrid Chrome Replacement technology which will enter into the gravure market in 2018.
A viable gravure cylinder technology without the use of chromium is of considerable interest to the gravure sector and in addition to the technical benefits of using HCR, which has its roots in diamond-like-carbon, by removing the use of chrome, the financial and regulatory headaches of its use are also removed.
Additional presentations were given on all matters relevant to health, safety, the environment and legislation governing the gravure industry.
The impact of classification of titanium dioxide (TiO2) was presented by Dr. Ingo Gronde, Technocell Dekor, with the ERA’s own Josef Bernard presenting on the developments in the field of Environment, Health and Safety, and an update Authorization of CrO3.
The RotoHybrid team have begun an extensive program of testing and we will be releasing data of the chrome replacement technology in both pre-press and on-press environments in the coming months.