From 21 September 2017 it is no longer permitted to process Chromium 6 in the European Union without a special exemption. The commotion around Chromium 6, which is also known as hexavalent chromium and chromium VI, started over 15 years ago when it appeared that this was carcinogenic in liquid form. Together with, for example, lead, mercury and Cadmium, Chromium 6 is a substance that we would preferably no longer use.
And yet, Chromium 6 was used in various surface treatments on fasteners in order to obtain the desired corrosion-resistance, particularly in Dutch engineering and High-Tech industry in which fasteners generally need to meet specific and strict requirements.
Michel (left) and Robin (right) holding a Chromium 6-free screw
For Jeveka, as importer and supplier of fasteners and tools, the engineering and High-Tech industry are important sales markets. Jeveka is aware of its responsibility regarding society. That is why, for quite a while, we have considered it desirable to no longer use Chromium 6, even where this is permissible. In recent years Robin Kuhlman, product quality, and Michel van Nieuwenhuizen, strategic purchasing, have worked together to find and develop alternatives for the fasteners in our range containing Chromium 6, so that we can finally phase it out.
We can now say with certainty that we have equivalent alternatives for all fasteners containing Chromium 6. When selecting alternatives it is important to take into account the:
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