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INDUSTRY FOCUS AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY CHAIN


CLP compliant labelling keeps car care market up to speed


As the UK car market enjoys its best ever monthly performance since records began*, there has never been a better time for manufacturers of car care products to take advantage of this burgeoning and lucrative aftercare market. But are all manufacturers aware that they had until 1 June 2017 to fully comply with the detailed labelling standards dictated by the European Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP)2?


Denny Bros is a leading specialist print company. The Denny Bros Group is made up of ten companies covering everything from manufacturing and self-print, to retail sales and machinery


applicable, hazard pictograms, signal words, hazard statements, precautionary statements and supplementary information required by other legislation. Given the nature of the detail required, it becomes imperative to find a cost- effective way for keeping the information neat and concise. A multi-page labelling option offers a


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he regulations, made law in 2015, were intended to replace the multiple


classifications and labelling standards across different countries with a consistent standard. As well as facilitating safe international trade in chemical products, the CLP ensures that any hazards presented by chemicals are clearly communicated to workers and consumers in the European Union. New pictograms consisting of a red diamond with a white background now replace the previous orange square symbols. Due to the vast amount of different


information required with products such as cleaning fluids, anti-rust agents, sealants and car wax, the main challenge for manufacturers is how to produce a sleek, eye-catching product which meets with the new regulations. Specialist printed labelling companies, such as Denny Bros, inventor of the multi-page labels Fix-a-Form, are already producing CLP compliant labels for all types of car care products which will last for the duration of a product’s lifecycle. The type of information which must be


communicated includes: name, address and telephone number of the supplier, the nominal quantity of a substance or mixture, product identifiers and where


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*Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT): 562,337 new vehicles registered in March 2017, more than double January & February combined


solution. Being an innovative combination of a printed and folded leaflet with a self-adhesive label, it can accommodate more content than standard labels. The label takes up minimal space while providing room for up to 120 pages of specialist information, including multiple languages to suit export markets. These labels can also include special characteristics, such as moisture resistance, high durability and an ability to withstand harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures and a variety of storage conditions, making them a perfect choice for car care products. As the information required by CLP regulations is incorporated into the label, packaging can often be minimised because the leaflet and carton can be dispensed with. Not only does this reduce production costs but environmental


targets can also be more easily met. Denny Bros’ senior marketing executive, Stephie Castling, comments: “The increasing number of pristine new vehicles in householders’ driveways is bound to result in increased demand for aftercare products. This in turn brings renewed focus onto whether the manufacturers of these products are able to fully meet their legislative responsibilities on labelling – especially in a market where there may still be long- life non-conforming products sitting on retailer shelves that were manufactured before the regulations became law. “There’s no doubt that Denny Bros can


make it easier for manufacturers in any market to meet their lawful labelling obligations, offering a wide range of efficient, secure and cost-effective labelling solutions which can also incorporate raised tactile triangles for certain hazardous products. “In fact, we are sure to have developed


a compliant label, which can be adapted to suit the requirements of any car care product manufacturer.”


Denny Bros www.dennybros.com AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE RESEARCH CENTRE LAUNCHED


HORIBA MIRA, a world-leader in vehicle engineering, research and product testing, has joined forces with Coventry University to launch a brand new automotive research centre dedicated to developing intelligent, connected vehicle technology. The Centre for Connected & Autonomous


Automotive Research will pioneer and test new developments to support the rapid growth within the global intelligent mobility sector and address future transport needs. The centre is located on an existing site at the heart of MIRA Technology Park. An initial team of up to 20 academic staff


members and doctoral research students from Coventry University alongside HORIBA MIRA’s engineering and test teams will be working on kick-off activities and projects at the centre, which will also benefit from a range of information and communications technology and specialist laboratories. With in-house facilities combining the real and virtual worlds for CAV, the centre will utilise a suite of simulators that interact with ‘living laboratory’ environments.


HORIBA MIRA www.horiba-mira.com T: 01284 701381


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