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On August 11, 2017, the TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Rule published in the Federal Register. This reporting will be used to identify which chemical substances on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory are active in U.S. commerce.
Under the rule, manufacturers, including importers, have until February 7, 2018 to notify the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of chemical substances on the TSCA Inventory that were manufactured during the ten-year period ending on June 21, 2018.
It is illegal to manufacture, sell or use chemicals not listed on the TSCA inventory, so it is important that manufacturers and processors verify that all chemicals used in their manufacturing process are included in the Active Inventory. The rule contains a provision to allow processors until October 5, 2018 to notify EPA of substances that should be included in the Active Inventory.
EPA plans to host webinars to assist submitters this fall.
IPC submitted comments encouraging EPA to minimize the reporting burdens associated with the Inventory Update.
Barry Matties, I-Connect007
In the past 30+ years of PCB manufacturing in China, you would be hard-pressed to find someone more connected to the pulse of the Asian market than Gene Weiner. Barry Matties met with the industry veteran at HKPCA to get his take on the show, the current and future market conditions of China, and any effect the new U.S. administration might have on trade relations going forward.
Gene Weiner, Weiner International Inc.
Hold on to your seats! 2018 will be a year full of rapid changes, surprises, and growth. M&A activities will flourish. The supply chain will suffer shortages and changes as demand increases, copycats will rush to market, and new markets and potential suppliers will vanish before they are established.
Patty Goldman, I-Connect007
The productronica show was indeed filled with new technology, and it was great to meet with people and learn about it. This is precisely how I met AGFA’s Frank Louwet, who filled me in on the Dipamat inkjet solder mask they have been developing. It seemed an odd choice to go from film to solder mask, but as Frank explained, it makes perfect sense.