Research and Development
The close relationship to the customer and the realization of customer needs in the development of high-quality products distinguishes us today as a competent and reliable partner for problem solutions in the industrial sector, and it will continue to do so in the future.
Pfinder’s research, development and quality progress on the global market are principally the result of the constant search for product and quality improvements, supported by a constant, intensive exchange of experiences with the automobile industry.
This was how, in an additional innovative leap in the mid-90’s, a preservative system completely free of solvents was able to be introduced as an ecologically-compatible alternative to the classic, solvent-content hollow space wax. The “highlights” of this product line are the aqueous hollow space preservative and a 100% solid body material for the classic spray application.
The results are the market leadership in the hollow space preservative segment and products with a licence of the automotive industry.
The new European Regulation on Chemicals - REACH
As of June 2007, the European Regulation (EC) 1907 / 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) entered into force.
The products manufactured by us (i.e. preparations within the meaning of this Directive) comprise a large number of chemicals (substances) and substance mixtures which we in turn obtain from our suppliers. These for their part obtain substances and preparations from other suppliers, etc. We are therefore situated in the delivery chain between the customers, this being you, and diverse sub-suppliers. The sub-supplier (manufacturer) or importer respectively is responsible for the registration of the substances, i.e. we are not normally responsible. We remain in contact with our suppliers however in order to ensure the availability of our raw materials.
Directive (EC) No. 1907/2006 demands that the chemicals (substances) which are currently marketed had to be pre-registered with the Central Chemicals Agency in Helsinki between June 2008 and November 2008. For all raw-materials contained in the preparations delivered to you, we have received the confirmation that all substances contained have been pre-registered. The registration of the pre-registered substances ensues until 2010-11-30 or 2013-05-31 or 2018-05-31 – depending on the annual volume. If the manufacturer / importer does not register, the substance must be taken off the market at those particular dates. We doe not expect however that this will result in significant changes to the availability. We will provide you with early notice if modifications should be made to the products as a result of the discontinuation of a few raw materials.
We will expand our safety data sheets in accordance with Directive (EC) No. 1907/2006 as soon as we have received the first registration files from our suppliers (2010 at the earliest). These will then include a substance safety report where appropriate (expanded Safety Data Sheet “eSDB“).