MUTTENZ, Switzerland – Specialty chemicals company Clariant has completed Phase 2 of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of Chemicals) with the registration of 255 different chemical substances. These include 155 dossiers submitted by Clariant as the "lead registrant," amounting to 5.3 percent of all substances registered for the first time in the EU in this second REACH phase.
Phase 2 involved 66 percent more chemicals produced in the EU and imported into the EU by Clariant in comparison to REACH 1. During the first phase, completed back in November 2010, the specialty chemicals firm recorded a total of 152 chemicals with a quantity of more than 1000 tonnes per year. Now Clariant has registered chemical substances that are produced in or imported to the countries of the European Union with volumes of between 100 and 1000 tonnes per year.
With its broad product portfolio, Clariant is one of the "lead registrants" at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Just under 10 percent of all substances registered across the EU are on the registration list of the Swiss company. Given the size of the business units, the majority of the registered substances came from Care Chemicals (Business Unit Industrial and Consumer Care) as well as Plastics and Coatings (Business Unit Pigments).