The European parliament has added an annex to its reach legislation. Included in this is the production of decorative components plated in hexavalent chrome solutions. With this approaching implementation, effective date September 21st 2014 and a sunset date of September 21st 2017, all decorative plating shops in Europe must change to trivalent chrome solutions.
Likewise, all companies that export finished goods into Europe are subject to adhering to the mandate as the law maintains that all finished goods be free of any coating containing hexavalent chrome. Global finishers and manufacturers alike are significantly impacted by this mandate regardless of their direct presence in Europe.