In today’s manufacturing environment UV-curable coatings are king in regard to performance and productivity. However, the industry is facing new hurdles bringing innovations to the market. While UV-curable coatings started off with many challenges, they have been embraced by manufacturers of wood products, and the printing and packaging industry.
Today we face a new regulatory environment as a result of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (CSA), which went into effect in June of 2016. The new law amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) with many changes that include risk-based assessments, public transparency and cost structure for funding activities under the new law. With the new law in place how does this affect the development and use of UV-curable coatings, inks, etc.?