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Luvata launches first-to-market Eco-Alloys, exceeding new industry purity standards two years early

(15 October 2009). Luvata, the global metals-manufacturing and technology company, has launched its new recycled brass Eco-Alloys. The alloys meet the tightest possible purity standards - far in excess of existing industry standards on recycled brass - and already exceeding legislation that will come into force in 2011. Luvata believes it is the first manufacturer in the world to reach these new standards.

As a result of recycling metal products, small amounts of metals and other materials can remain. Some recycled metals can contain trace materials that are potentially harmful if regularly handled or ingested. This is of particular concern in clothing, furniture and toys. Luvata’s new Eco-Alloys use copper selectively drawn from high purity sources to ensure the metal does not contain any potentially harmful alloys.

The new Eco-Alloys meet the OEKO-TEX standard 100 which defines maximum trace levels of lead and cadmium in all textile accessories and components (such as zippers and buttons), and the ASTM F963 standard which defines the maximum permitted levels of impurities in toys. The Eco-Alloys also satisfy the requirements of the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act 2008, which governs the maximum permitted amount of lead in toys, two years before it comes into force in August 2011.

The Luvata Eco-Alloys conform to the most stringent requirements of all of these standards, some of which require a maximum impurity level of less than a tenth of the current internationally accepted standards for recycled metals such as ASTM B36 (US), EU 1652 (Europe) and JIS H 3100 (Japan and the Far East).

Rolf Reitz, SCS Segment Manager, Luvata Rolled Products Division, Europe said: “We believe we are the first metals manufacturer in the world to be producing recycled brass alloys to this level of purity, which is far in excess of any current international standards. Our customers wanted to stay ahead of legislation so that they could have full confidence in the safety requirements of their products. We have helped them to make this step forward and to start getting the best from the higher purity Eco-Alloys.“

“We warmly welcome the introduction of stricter standards of purity in recycled brass alloys. We worked with a number of our customers to achieve these standards well ahead of time. We’re helping them to give their customers peace of mind by using a quality of metals that meets the needs of end-user and industry applications. Customers’ reactions emphasize the vital importance of our materials conforming to the most stringent of regulations from across the world. They are delighted that Luvata can satisfy the highest foreseeable standards.”


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Luvata is the leading international metals supplier of solutions, services, components and materials for manufacturing and construction. Luvata’s solutions are used in industries such as renewable energy, power generation, architecture, automotive, transport, medicine, air-conditioning, industrial refrigeration, consumer products and construction. The company’s continued success is attributed to its longevity, technological excellence and strategy of building partnerships beyond metals. Employing over 7,500 staff in 18 countries, Luvata works in partnership with customers such as Siemens, Toyota, CERN, Shaaz, and DWD International.


***Please note that, since the sale of the Rolled Products division to Aurubis on 1 September 2011, enquiries concerning this product should be addressed to info@aurubis.com.***


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