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Chemical News Round Up

Here at Dura-ID, we like to keep our fingers on the pulse of the latest news and updates in the chemical industry.

As a specialist producer of quality labels for the chemical industry, it is important for us to keep up-to-date with the latest goings on and any changes that may affect how we manufacture our products.

In this article, we discuss our experience at CHEMUK’s premier exhibition how Brexit may affect GHS & REACH regulations, and the rise of the chemical industry’s Northern ‘Powerhouse.’

CHEMUK 2019
Dura-ID were delighted to have exhibited at the first CHEMUK supply chain expo and speaker programme on 1st and 2nd of May 2019, at YEC in Harrogate, Leeds.

As well as connecting to new and familiar faces, the event was a chance to network with a range of business services, including chemical product development, resource and supply chain and skills and recruitment.

The 2 day event was a success, and included the official launch of our Neuralabel 600e chemical printer, which will be replacing the Neuralabel 500e.

Dura-ID was so impressed with the exhibition we have booked to showcase more products at the event next year, to be held in Manchester at Event City, on the 13th and 14th May. Get it in your diaries now!

What’s the deal with Brexit?
With the rat race for the new Prime Minister currently ruling the headlines, and the suspense of leaving the European Union, it is no surprise that Brexit is very much on the forefront of the public’s concerns.

As a producer of chemical labels, Dura-ID’s priority is to keep up-to-date with the ever changing regulations, and in particular, what may happen to the GHS legislation in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

A report on hse.gov.uk states that in the event of a no deal Brexit, the UK and the EU regulatory agencies would work independently from each other:

“If companies are supplying and purchasing substances, mixtures or articles to and from the EU/EEA and the UK, they will need to ensure that the substances, or substances within a mixture/article, are registered with both agencies (ECHA and the UK Agency, i.e. the HSE)” *

As this is the case at the moment, there will be no change to how the regulation works – which makes our lives a lot easier!

In short, deal or no deal – companies still need to be compliant.

The ‘Northern Powerhouse’
A recent study by the North of England’s leading universities and top Tees Valley officials, states that the ‘chemical and process sector across the Northern Powerhouse could grow by more than £20 billion over the next 20 years.’ **

The report focused on the assessment of the chemical and processing sectors innovation network across the Northern Powerhouse, mainly areas such as Humberside,Tees Valley and Liverpool.

As one of the major government studies produced for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Northern Powerhouse Chemicals & Processing Sector Science and Innovation Audit is an assessment to distinguish the various strengths of different industries across the UK.

The chemical industry fared very well in the report, with a £20 million bid to Government’s Strength In Places fund being contributed to the industry for research into new approaches to the low carbon economy and making environmentally sustainable materials.

With a huge £32 billion already being contributed to the UK economy, the report discovered potential actions, investments and opportunities could boost this figure by £23 billion.

As a Yorkshire based supply chain, Dura-ID are proud that the northern chemical industry has received this fund and we look forward to see how this will bring new opportunities and growth in the chemical sector.

Round up
That’s this month’s Chemical News Round up!

There are exciting times ahead for the chemical industry; Brexit is still keeping us guessing, but regulations remain the same, (for now) and CHEMUK 2019 was a huge success.

If you are interested in anything we have discussed in this article, or would like more information on our labelling solutions, contact us today on +44 (0)114 242 2111 or email chemicals@dura-id.com , and one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members will help answer any queries you may have.

*hse.gov.uk, 2019
** teesvalley-ca.gov.uk, 2019 

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