The European Phenolic Resins Association (EPRA) has seen a surprisingly balanced year 2020 for its members, benefitting from a V-shaped recovery in the course of 2020 with volumes finally being down only by a small single-digit figure versus 2019. Recovery in the construction sector, led by a healthy demand for phenolic resins in the insulation
The European Phenolic Resins Association (EPRA) was one of 18 trade associations across the chemical industry which counter-signed a letter prepared by CEFIC in response to the latest proposals from the European Commission on a new Chemical Sustainability Strategy. The letter, addressed to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and vice-president Frans Timmermans, who
Increasing health concerns over the use in refractory applications of ‘coal tar pitch’ based materials, such as “coal tar pitch high temperature heat-treated” (CTPHTHT) have magnified focus on readily available alternatives, such as phenolic resins. This article describes how phenolic resins have been successfully used in the refractory sector over a number of decades and
As the European Commission works with its consultants to establish a series of criteria for identifying polymers requiring registration (PRR) under REACH, the recent findings on phenolic resins by the Canadian regulators support the view that cross-linking reduces the availability of reactive functional groups that might otherwise be a potential source of toxicity. This Press
This article highlights the close cooperation between the phenolic resins industry represented by EPRA and the abrasives industry represented by FEPA. While FEPA is rightly agnostic to choices of binding materials made by their members, they have been keen to point out to regulators the criticality of phenolic resins for may of their coated and
This article highlights how phenolic resins have stood the test of time in their use as binders for friction materials in domestic and commercial vehicle braking equipment. As binders for brake pads and brake shoes, phenolic resins combine processability and strong adhesive properties with high temperature resistance to provide cost-effective solutions for the automotive sector.