Lead free aluminium bars
After several years of extension, European directive 2018/740/EU, known as RoHS 3, is expected to come into force in 2021. This regulation, applied to electrical and electronic products, restricts the permitted amount of various elements in materials. As far as aluminium alloys are concerned, the main one affected is Lead, whose quantity is limited to a maximum of 0.1%.
On the other hand, the REACH regulation has included lead in its list of elements that are toxic to human health, which will require a specific authorisation for its use whenever its presence exceeds 0.1%.
SAFETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Lead is a highly polluting element and has adverse effects on both health and the environment.
Their restriction makes it possible to increase the safety of both people and the environment throughout the entire chain of use of the materials, from manufacture to transformation.
For this reason, the use of lead-free materials is seen as a sustainable alternative for the future.
The main bar manufacturers in the market tend to reduce the production of lead alloys and replace them with lead-free alternatives, which will limit the options for the continued use of alloys outside the RoHS regulations.