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Eurometaux logo



Eurometaux is the decisive voice of non-ferrous metals producers and recyclers in Europe. We are an umbrella association representing the interests of the combined non-ferrous metals industry towards EU policy makers. Our membership includes:

  • Non-ferrous metals producers, transformers and recyclers
  • European metals associations
  • National metals associations

Eurometaux aims to promote sustainable production, use and recycling of non-ferrous metals in Europe; as well as a supportive business environment for our members to thrive in.

About Industry

Europe’s non-ferrous metals industry is a global best performer, providing skilled jobs across the EU.

It covers basic metals, precious metals and technology metals.

About challenges concerning the chemicals legislation, environment and health

Eurometaux will be represented by Mr. Hugo WAETERSCHOOT with a presentation: „Promoting the sustainable substitution concept within the metals sector examples and learnings on how to avoid regrettable substitution from the REACH and from a Circular economy perspective“


EURATEX is the European Apparel and Textile Confederation representing the interests of the European textile and clothing industry at the level of the EU institutions. As the voice of the European industry, EURATEX aims to create favorable environment within the European Union for manufacturing of textile and clothing products.

EURATEX provides the EU institutions with accurate data and useful tools for making the policies that enhance Europe’s economic growth and facilitates jobs creation. We are committed to facilitate access of our companies which are predominantly SMEs, to the European actions. EURATEX is focused on a few clear priorities: genuine industrial policy, research and innovation support, free and fair trade and sustainable production.

EURATEX was officially created in 1996 by a merger of three organisations present in Brussels since the early ‘60s to promote our industry. Since 2008, EURATEX is registered under the European Union ‘Transparency Register’ – ID number : 7824139202-85.

About Industry

Textile and apparel manufacturing is an essential pillar of local economy across the EU regions. EURATEX’ member federations represent in the EU some 176,400 companies with a turnover of €181 billion, employing 1.7 million workers. The EU is the world’s second biggest exporter of textiles and clothing with 22% and 25% of world sales respectively in 2017.

The textile and fashion products made in the EU are exceptional in regards the respect of environment, consumer safety and labour rights. EURATEX has an ambitious programme to enhance sustainable growth of the European textile and clothing industry.

About challenges concerning the chemicals legislation, environment and health

Key message to European textile and apparel manufacturing industry in 2019

European Textiles Industry – REACH Restrictions, Authorisations and more…(Dunja DRMAČ, Euratex)

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Fecc is the voice of the Chemical Distribution Industry in Europe. With a growing membership of companies and national associations, Fecc represents around 1,600 companies of which many are small and medium sized companies (SMEs). Fecc and its members contribute to innovation and sustainability besides adding value in the supply chain, by sourcing, developing, marketing, and distributing a wide range of specialty chemicals and ingredients to over one million downstream users ranging from automotive, electronics, paint, construction to pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food and nutrition industries, each with their own specialised needs.

About Industry

The Chemical distribution industry in Europe employs more than 30,000 people and has an annual sales leverage of approximately €28 billion.

The Chemical Distribution sector is of crucial importance for the European economy. Fecc Members – mainly SMEs – create value in the chemical supply chain by meeting the demands of over 1 million downstream users ranging from over all branches of the Industry, with their specific needs and diverse purchase volumes.

About challenges concerning the chemicals legislation, environment and health

Key message to European chemical distribution industry in 2019

Fecc is the voice of the chemical distribution industry in Europe, representing around 1,600 companies. Its technical committees give extensive information and support to all ranges of stakeholders to ensure an efficient information flow between industry and European regulatory bodies. Moreover, Fecc strongly advocates to make sure that policies remain feasible, promote long-term sustainability, encourage innovation and safeguard the industry’s competitiveness. Among Fecc’s key objectives, the implementation of REACH throughout Europe remains high on the agenda for 2019 and beyond.

Chemicals Legislation Impacts on the Nanostructured Materials ( Simina DREVE, Fecc)

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In recent years, nanoparticles have become significant in many fields such as energy, health care, environment, agriculture, etc. due to their incredible properties. Some new developments of nanomaterials, the transfer of technologies for specific applications, and the need of compliance of the nanostructured products with the legislation at European and global level are summarised.

Abstract: Some materials develop new physico-chemical properties if the particle size is reduced below a certain value, technological advancements determine their tunable physical, chemical and biological properties, as well as enhanced performance over their bulk counterparts. Due to increased growth of production of nanomaterials and their applications, issues relating to toxicity are inevitable. Additionally, the types of toxic reactions associated with nanoparticles and nanostructured materials could trigger new regulations to be implemented in near future. The aim of this presentation is to point out some new developments of nanomaterials, the transfer of technologies for specific applications, and the need of compliance of the nanostructured products with the legislation at European and global level.

Keywords: nanomaterials, nanotoxicity, research and development, transfer of technologies, toxicity, regulations, compliance.

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Nickel Institute


The Nickel Institute is the global association of leading primary nickel producers. Our mission is to promote and support the use of nickel in appropriate applications.

The NI grows and supports markets for new and existing nickel applications including stainless steel, and promotes sound science, risk management, and socio-economic benefit as the basis for public policy and regulation. Through our science division NiPERA Inc., we also undertake leading-edge scientific research relevant to human health and the environment. The NI is the centre of excellence for information on nickel and nickel-containing materials and has offices in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • NI work with other international metal associations and stainless steel development associations to develop and promote the safe use of nickel around the world.
  • We pursue market development through a worldwide network of highly-qualified specialists.
  • We share our knowledge, offering free technical knowledge about nickel, its properties and its uses to ensure optimum performance, safe handling and use.
  • We actively initiate and fund scientific research programmes that examine the role of nickel in human health and the environment.
  • We do not conduct commercial or trading operations of any kind and do not present forecasts or comments on nickel markets, prices or supply/demand.
  • NI do promote the long term use of nickel to contribute to a sustainable future.

About Industry

Nickel is a naturally-occurring metallic element with a silvery-white, shiny appearance. It is the fifth-most common element on earth and occurs extensively in the earth’s crust and core. Nickel, along with iron, is also a common element in meteorites and can even be found in small quantities in plants, animals and seawater.

While the concentration of nickel in the earth’s crust is 80 parts per million, the earth’s core consists mainly of a nickel-iron alloy.

Nickel has outstanding physical and chemical properties, which make it essential in hundreds of thousands of products. Its biggest use is in alloying – particularly with chromium and other metals to produce stainless and heat-resisting steels.

Due to its outstanding physical and mechanical properties, nickel is used in a wide range of end-use sectors.

About challenges concerning the chemicals legislation, environment and health

Key message to European chemical distribution industry in 2019

“Annulment of Authorisations by the General Court: Preliminary Assessment of Impacts”

(Kai-Sebastian Melzer, Nickel Institute)

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ASD represents the Aeronautics, Space, Defence and Security Industries in Europe with the objective of promoting and supporting the competitive development of the sector.

ASD is the voice of European Aeronautics, Space, Defence and Security Industries, representing over 3,000 companies and actively supporting the competitive development of the sector in Europe and worldwide. It has direct members, active in 18 countries, including 16 major European industries and 23 National Associations. ASD members together employed more than 843,000 people and generated a turnover of €220 billion in 2016.

For the benefit of European industries and in the collective interest of its members, ASD seeks to:

  • act as a single voice to promote the best interests of the Industry in dialogue with the EU Institutions and other stakeholders;
  • contribute to shape effective policy and legislation at European and global level by advocating common positions;
  • promote international cooperation and dialogue with other international associations and organisations;
  • raise awareness about the benefits of our sectors to a large variety of audiences: politicians, decision-makers, businesses, the media, general public, NGOs and other stakeholders;
  • act as the central intelligence hub for expert knowledge on industry-related issues.

About Industry

The European civil aerospace sector is a major pillar of the European economy, generating a turnover of approximately €160 billion and employing over 1 million workers throughout the EU and beyond. Its commitment of investing in and producing state of the art technology makes it a champion for exports, contributing to the European trade balance and creating prosperity for the European economy.

Defence industries are major contributors to the European economy with a turnover of €100 billion/year and €1.4 million highly skilled employees. Moreover, they generate spin-off technologies which reinforce also the competitiveness of other sectors such as aviation, space and electronics.

Defence industries constantly work at the cutting edge of technology and push the boundaries of what is possible. They also integrate civilian technologies into complex systems and adapt them to defence specificities.

Europe needs to assume its responsibilities in the world. This necessitates credible defence capabilities and the ability to use them when it is deemed necessary. To ensure an appropriate level of strategic autonomy, at least certain key capabilities must be developed on-shore in Europe. This can only be achieved if we have a world-class European defence industry.

About challenges concerning the chemicals legislation, environment and health

The REACH legislation continues to develop in how it manages risks from chemicals to human health and the environment, and how it operates within its process and committee framework. Decisions are now being made on dossiers which were started 7 years ago. During that period expectations of what information should be presented have changed significantly.

Key message to European Aeronautics, Space, Defence and Security industries in 2019

This industry supports sophisticated products designed 30 or more years ago, whilst developing new products which will be used for decades to come. Any change to design or the materials used must be evaluated and tested robustly for its impact on product safety. The complexity of the product results in extensive supply chains and repair/overhaul networks which need to be supported with authorisations and assurance of supply for its key materials and chemicals. Regulatory obligations  can result in cost pressures which can result in product obsolesence through the business decisions of upstream companies who have little understanding of the downstream impact of such decisions. How the REACH Authorisation system develops is therefore of crucial interest to all companies in this sector.

“Upstream Authorisations – Process and Policy Developments”

(Steve George, Chair – ASD REACH and Chemicals Management working group)

Summary of the lecture content:

The upstream model of REACH Authorisation applications was always intended to the be the primary approach, though there seemed to be ambiguity as to how it would work in complex supply chains. Work started on some precedent cases of upstream authorisations in 2011 and are being decided only now 8 years later. During the intervening period the needs and expectations of many stakeholders have developed and there have been many challenges. It is time to review why various issues occurred and how industry should approach upstream authorisations differently in the future. Institute logo

Cobalt Institute

The Cobalt Institute (CI) is a non-profit trade association composed of producers, users, recyclers, and traders of cobalt. We promote the sustainable and responsible production and use of cobalt in all its forms.

Formerly known as the Cobalt Development Institute (CDI), we act as a knowledge centre for governments, agencies, industry, the media and the public on all matters concerning cobalt and cobalt containing substances.

The Cobalt Institute acts as a knowledge centre for governments, agencies, industry, the media and the public on all matters concerning cobalt and cobalt containing substances.

CI represents the voice of the cobalt industry on cobalt related health, safety, and environmental issues.

CI also promotes co-operation between members, especially on issues of the environment and human health, and provide a mechanism for the development of independent information concerning the resources, production and safe use of cobalt.

About Industry

Cobalt is globally recognised as ‘critical’ and is often referred to as a technology enabling metal due to its unique properties.

Metals have transformed the world by providing the resources necessary for creating and developing modern materials and enabling technological progress. As such, raw materials are fundamental to global economic growth and seen as essential for maintaining and improving the quality of life.

Industry reliance on metals has caused considerable growth in the number of materials used across a range of products. Securing reliable and sustainable access to certain raw materials is a growing concern.

The EU has identified 20 metals and minerals (2014) as being ‘Critical’ and this number is likely to grow. These materials are of large economic importance which also often have a high risk associated with their supply.

In industrial chemical processes cobalt’s unique catalytic properties can be used for applications including desulphurisation of hydrocarbons, which is crucial to clean fuel technology, and also the removal of nitrous oxide to ensure that emissions of greenhouse gases are minimised.

About challenges concerning the chemicals legislation, environment and health

Key message to European chemical industry in 2019

“Cobalt and cobalt compounds – REACH challenges and way forward” (Brigitte Amoruso, Cobalt Institute)

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