Quality of raw materials
A high quality end product starts with sourcing the right quality of raw materials. We pay close attention to the purchasing of our raw materials. We exclusively utilize materials from approved suppliers. In addition, we innovate in close cooperation with our suppliers in the field of new alternative raw materials. An example hereof are the profiles in MS and ME quality.
Legislation on PVC door seals
Often engineers refer to the longer life-span of fridge door seals in the past. There is some truth to that. The permissible composition of PVC as raw material for refrigerator seals has been further restricted by European directive 2011/65/EU also referred to as RoHS 2. Due to these restrictions, the PVC has become more sensitive to lipids (animal fats) that cause the seal to harden and lose its flexibility. Therefore, we advise our customers to frequently maintain door seals to maximize their life span.
Contents European Directive 2011/65/EU
Our raw materials comply with the rules as defined in the European Directive 2011/65/EU (formerly 2002/95 / EU).
In the Directive 2011/65/EU, which was declared applicable as of January 3rd 2014, some requirements have been tightened. This new directive additionally complements the specific legislation, such as described in Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 regarding Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restrictions of Chemicals (abbreviation REACH). This further limits the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment for the protection of public health and the environment. The directive encourages substitution by substances with less or no restrictions with the restriction policy.
What are the substances exactly?
There are limitations for lead (0.1%), mercury (0.1%), cadmium (0.01%), hexavalent chromium (0.1%), polybromobiphenyls (PBBs) (0.1%) and polybromodiphenylethers PBDEs) (0.1%). The indicated percentages are the maximum concentration values in weight percentages. An overview of applications for which (still) deviating values may be used can be found in the directive and will be regularly adapted to developments. Among other things, it is looked at the extent to which substitute, less dangerous substances are available.