As global suppliers to the anodizing industry, Reliant and Clariant have always maintained a proactive stance on environmental issues. We recognize our customers’ desire to offer products that provide the environmentally-friendly advantages of anodized aluminum. We continually monitor the constantly changing environmental regulations that confront our industry.

Issues with Cobalt

Increasingly anodizers are being asked to conform and certify that their products meet the requirements of RoHS and REACH/SVHC. Under REACH/SVHC, cobalt is now on the unfavorable list of metals. To address this issue, we are introducing Anodal CS-3 Powder, a new cobalt-free seal that is a direct replacement for Anodal CS-2N Powder.

Anodal CS-3 is available now and provides an excellent opportunity for anodizers to proactively address the mounting concerns over cobalt use. With similar sealing properties and seal quality, this product is an excellent choice for anyone concerned about compliance with REACH/SVHC. Currently Anodal CS-2N does meet the requirements of RoHS.

Issues with Nonylphenol and Nonylphenol Ethoxylates

More intermediates are coming under scrutiny and several states are currently enacting strict regulations and reporting requirements. Many of these intermediates are no longer available.

Anodal Acid Cleaner 3 will immediately replace Anodal Acid Cleaner 2. This new product is a reformulated version without the offending materials. According to tests, Anodal Acid Cleaner 3 performs similarly to Acid Cleaner 2 and the transition to this new product should be seamless.

Anodal Mid-Temp Seal is being phased out and we recommend current users begin the process of converting to Anodal MS-1 New. This is a proven product with many years of successful use in all areas of the anodizing industry. Years of testing have shown that Anodal MS-1 New performs comparably to Anodal Mid-Temp Seal.

As always, your Reliant Technical Service Representative is available to assist you in converting to these environmentally-responsible alternatives to eliminate substances of concern.

Through our continuing commitment to product stewardship and sustainability, Reliant and Clariant are demonstrating that anodizing is the finish of choice.

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