Newsletter Nr. 6 – November 2017

2017-11-22T11:55:42+00:00

Important changes in ERFMI

The plenary has approved for 2018 a budget which opens possibilities for important changes in our organisation. A.o. the succession of Ton Pluijmert for which a search in our industry will be started. Also a much stronger and wider cooperation with other floor covering organisations is foreseen.

Website

The website is operational and we are now analysing the visits. Then we will start a program for some adaptions to get a better Google ranking.
Also work has started to include a technical explorer on the basis of the one developed by FEB, Germany and a “Pledge” document for the sustainability section.
We already learned the website is an excellent introduction for new employees coming from outside our industry.

CE MARK

The EN14041 enquiry was very successful with unanimous approval of the national normalisation bodies. On November 30 the several remarks made will be handled for the final publication. As far as the essential elements are concerned no major changes are expected. VOC classes are still not in.
The European Commission has still not overcome the opposition to proceed with the delegated act for VOC classification.

Product Definitions

A working group has started to come with clear definitions for product categories, in particular for the modular multilayer floorcoverings.
This is needed given the many constructions which are on the market and sometimes using confusing denominations and wrong reference to standards.

LCA – EPD project

The process for the third round of this special ERFMI project has started. A Steering Committee under the chairman of the TC has been chosen and the various offers made for the program are being analysed.

REACh

  • TiO2
    The ECHA Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) reached consensus TiO2 should be classified as a Class 2 Carcinogen by inhalation route. Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association (TDMA) (and industry in general) will try to dissuade the Commission from classification, but this is unlikely to be successful.
  • DINP
    DINP classification proposal (reprotoxic 1b) was submitted by Denmark to ECHA on the December 1st 2016. The RAC has not discussed the proposal up until now.
  • ADCA
    A sensitizing effect of ADCA is not sufficiently proven. The ADCA Taskforce is preparing to contact the German Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA), which also is competent authority for CLP (regulation for Classification, Labelling and Packaging), to ask if they might consider producing an Classification and Labelling Dossier for ADCA to declassify the substance as SVHC. The proposed MAK value in Germany seems to be very low and users of TiO2 in powder form need to make enormous efforts in order to reach this value. Therefore, the ADCA task force should lobby against the introduction.
  • ZnO
    BAuA is investigating ZnO due to concerns about the nanoform and the perceived lack of toxicological Information in the registration dossier.
    BAuA will evaluate the updated registration dossier and evaluate the substance until the beginning of 2018.

Delay in Publication

Because of a problem in using our symbols which is solved by now the publication of ISO 20326-2016 (Multilayer products with resilient on top) and an approved transition in EN-ISO 20326 was hold-up. Also EN-ISO 10582-2016 is so far not yet available today but the standard is approved.

Quartz tiles

On recommendation of the TC ISO 10581 will not be adapted so quartz tiles could be included but a separate product standard for Quartz tiles is foreseen.

Slip – TC 339

The hope to get CEN subsidy for a Round Robin test to develop the TS 16165 into a standard is given up. The 3 WG’s will restart their work to develop the TS in a standard without the Round Robin test.

Recycling Projects for PVC floor coverings

The contact with Fraunhofer for a follow-up of the dissolution project has been made. Within soon we will have to establish which ERFMI member companies are willing to actively participate in most likely an European subsidised project for a larger pilot plant.
The Oreade Suez project has come to the point a large scale test will be needed. We have to wait for the decisions taken within VinylPlus especially on the financing. ERFMI members can deliver material.

For general information on ERFMI see www.erfmi.com

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Newsletter Nr. 6 – November 2017 2017-11-22T11:55:42+00:00

Wear resistance for PVC-floorings just according to EN ISO 10581/ 10582

2017-10-24T06:59:56+00:00

Since February 2014, only the new standards EN ISO 10581/10582 have been approved for classifying wear classes of polyvinyl chloride floor coverings homogeneous / heterogeneous). They replace the European product standard EN 649. Prior to this, a transition phase had been in place since September 2011, in which the use of both standards was tolerated.

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Wear resistance for PVC-floorings just according to EN ISO 10581/ 10582 2017-10-24T06:59:56+00:00

Interactive SlipSafe Workshop gave an insight into key innovations for the next flooring generation

2017-10-23T15:27:34+00:00

On 27 January 2017, the SlipSafe Consortium had invited to its final Workshop at the VLEVA Conference Centre in Brussels presenting the development and results of its European project SlipSafe. It attracted around 50 participants that gained an insight into this European project focusing on key innovations for the next flooring generation.

1st session: Outcome of the SlipSafe Project

The event was opened by Alexandre Dangis, EuPC Managing Director, who gave an introduction presentation on the SlipSafe project.

The first Workshop session was then dedicated to the outcome of the project. Jan Diemert from the Fraunhofer Institut fuer Chemische Technologie gave an overall technical summary of the SlipSafe project, followed by a presentation of Martin Becken from GTE Industrieelektronik GmbH on a new slip test device for in situ testing. The session was concluded by a Q&A session covering a lot of questions from the audience.

2nd session: EU funding in the development of Research and Innovation

After a coffee break, Cathy Pouret from EASME, the Executive Agency for the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, of the European Commission gave an outline on EU funding in the development of Research and Innovation and presented the H2020 SME Instrument programme.

3rd session: Vision of the Standard Bodies, Associations and Industry

The third session featured different visions from the standard bodies, associations and the industry. Jens Fellhauer from Bundesverband Keramische Fliesen e.V. focused on the importance of slip resistance testing, followed by a presentation from Richard Catt from the Contract Flooring Association on his association CFA as a 21st century trade body. The session was then concluded by Olivier Ceysson from Gerflor who outlined an industrial perspective on slip resistance solutions.

After another Q&A session, all participants were invited to a networking lunch.

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Three important messages from ERFMI’s november meeting in Brussels

2017-08-31T15:13:21+00:00

1. Prevent growing complexity (and costs) by harmonisation of test methods
ERFMI is considering it as vital to develop more harmonised test methods to ensure the maintenance of high quality standards in the whole floor covering industry. Therefore, ERFMI will stimulate and support new initiatives on harmonisation of test methods. A consistent set of harmonised technical test methods for modular floating floor covering panels with a locking system is missing up to now.

As the present harmonised standard for the CE mark (EN14041) is long overdue, we see countries introducing new national legislation on essential requirements. These requirements are not covered in the present European standard, but foreseen in the revised one. The consequence of the development of new national requirements is a growing complexity of the required labelling system and costly additional external testing.

ERFMI is inviting all parties to work together to speed up the process of finding mutual standards to avoid unnecessary further complexity and to build a harmonised and cost-effective set of standards for testing together.

2. Close cooperation on taxation issues pays off
Close cooperation between various industries pays off. It has stopped the planned taxation on PVC floor coverings in Sweden. However, we stay alert: new taxation barriers in Turkey are a new target and ERFMI successfully got full attention for the case by the European Commission. Members of ERFMI are informed and we hope that the General Direction in charge will reach a positive outcome for our industry.

3. Membership of ERFMI
Dickson Constant, producer of woven vinyl flooring is a new member of ERFMI per 1st January 2016. Dickson Constant fulfils all the conditions in the present articles of the ERFMI association. These articles are very restrictive and prevent many companies that already expressed their wish to become a member from joining ERFMI. Therefore, the plenary of ERFMI is considering a change of conditions that opens up ERFMI to these and other valuable entrepreneurs in our industry.

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Three important messages from ERFMI’s november meeting in Brussels 2017-08-31T15:13:21+00:00

Life cycle assessment on resilient floor coverings

2017-08-31T13:57:58+00:00

ERFMI – European Resilient Flooring Manufacturers’ Institute – has published here on its website an updated tool to establish Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for nine resilient product categories. Following the first version of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies in 2008, this EPD-calculator is based on a completely updated dataset. In collaboration with www.pe-international.com, a series of Environmental Product Declarations have been developed. The goal was to gather data for a European wide Life Cycle Assessment which is 3rd party certified and provides transparency on the impact of all relevant resilient flooring categories over the complete life cycle of the product, meaning from manufacturing, installation, removal and maintenance of the product during its lifetime.

The use of the EPD calculator on the ERFMI website is easy and fast: the user can determine his project description and expected service life as well as the chosen flooring product. Based on these pieces of information, the EPD calculator generates within seconds a detailed EPD that provides all necessary data to evaluate the environmental impact of the flooring material including toxicity for its whole life cycle.

EPDs are mainly used to have a common platform of comparing various products and their impact to the environment. Within a building certification program, an EPD can contribute to a better transparency and visibility and therefore help decision makers to choose products according to their preferences or regulations.

The EPD documents (however not considering a Reference Service Life, RSL) are also published at:

  • IBU (Please scroll down in the list to ERFMI’s EPDs)
  • DGNB-Navigator (Please go to the right to the search fields for manufacturers and click on “ERFMI vzw”).

All questions regarding this study should be directed to:
thinkstep AG (formerly PE INTERNATIONAL AG)
Hauptstr. 111 – 113
70771 Leinfelden-Echterdingen
Germany
info@thinkstep.com
www.thinkstep.com

Go to the EPD Calculator page
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