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Jotun's GreenSteps; Plans to Phase Out Lead Chromates from all Paints & Coatings Formulations

Published on 2013-04-18. Author : SpecialChem

Consistent with Jotun's environmental initiative (Jotun GreenSteps) the company has announced plans to phase out lead chromates, a toxic chemical compound from all paint and coatings formulations worldwide.

Jotun is scheduled to phase out lead chromates in 2014, by that Jotun will not only apply with new EU REACH regulations but also take a global position when Lead Chromates are phased out from all formulations for all product categories.

However, Jotun's Project Manager Jens Christoffer Markmanrud notes that lead chromates are still legal in many markets where the company is active. "This global phase out applies to paints and coatings in all segments, worldwide," he says. "It is a big step, but we are confident that by substituting lead chromates with safer, high performing alternatives, we can make a big difference."

The phase out is consistent with Jotun GreenSteps, a program launched by the company in 2011 to improve Jotun's environmental performance over a broad range of areas, including Hazardous Materials, Carbon Footprint, Reducing VOC Emissions (Volatile Organic Compounds) Energy Consumption and Waste. "GreenSteps also broadcasts the work the company does to develop safer, more effective paints and coatings solutions that help customers improve their environmental performance," says Markmanrud.

In addition to investing more resources to produce safer, more environmentally responsible paints and coatings, Jotun is exploring new ways of managing pigments and colors to achieve better results. By combining primer colors and topcoat colors, Jotun can offer a superior finish compared to less advanced alternatives. The global phase out of lead chromates is an important step in strengthening Jotun's reputation as an environmentally responsible company.

About the Jotun Group

The Jotun Group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of paints, coatings and powder coatings. Jotun is one of the world's leading manufacturers of decorative paints, marine, protective and powder coatings. The group has 71 companies and 36 production facilities on all continents. Jotun products are available in more than 90 countries through own subsidiaries, joint ventures, agents, branch offices and distributors. Jotun's total sales in 2012 was NOK 15 852 million, and has more than 9 000 employees. The Jotun Group is organised into four segments and seven geographical regions, and has its head office in Sandefjord, Norway.

Source: Jotun


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