Environmentally Relevant Information

about Stamping Foils

Stamping foils represent no hazardous materials due to the Ordinance on Hazardous Substances (11/2010). According to REACH they have to be classified as articles (1907/2006/EG) and therefore are no subject to registration. KURZ does not use any raw materials containing volatile, ozone depleting halogenated hydrocarbons, cadmium, lead, mercury or hexavalent chromium for the stamping foil production.

The vast majority of our stamping foils fulfill the requirements of the various national and international regulations, taking into consideration their formulations, the specifications provided by raw material suppliers and their usage in their respective specialized applications.

Some examples are:

  • EU Packaging Directive 94/62/EC and CONEG
  • Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive – RoHS(2011/65/EU)
  • Restriction on bromine compounds (2003/11/EC)
  • 2005/84/EC no phthalates
  • 2006/122/EC no perfluorooctane sulfonates
  • No CMR substances (materials that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction) that belong to the Category 1,1A or 1B or to the hazard class Acute Toxicity (Category 1-3) according to the CLP Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 including its amending regulations
  • None of the approval-requiring substances listed in Annex XIV of REACH in its latest version
  • No substances depleting the ozone layer. Stamping foils of KURZ fulfill the requirements of the Regulation (EC) No. 1005/2009 and are no products as described in Article 17 (export) of this regulation
  • EuPIA´s (European Printing Ink Association) raw materials exclusion list
  • In the automotive area, the requirements of the End-of-Life Vehicles Directive of 2002 (2000/53/EC), which requires the individual components to be stored in the IMDS system to ensure traceability during vehicle disposal
  • In the food sector (1935/2004/EC; 10/2011/EU) and the toy industry (2009/48/EC; EN71/3:2013), KURZ will provide assistance with external certifications for his qualities upon request

Conflict minerals

In regards to requirements stipulated in the Dodd-Frank Act (Section 1502 – "Conflict Minerals"), KURZ continues to work with our suppliers to trace raw material content determining whether minerals from mines or uncertified melting plants located in conflict regions are utilized. No conflict minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo and adjoining countries are used for the production of KURZ foils intentionally. KURZ requests our suppliers to supply written confirmation of steps taken to prove the origin of material contents classified as conflict minerals.

Information from LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung & Co. KG on the "Reclassification of Titanium Dioxide"

Get information about the new classification of Titanium Dioxide by the European Commission and its impact on KURZ transfer finishing products here.

How to use Titanium Dioxide (TiO2)?

As a universal white pigment, Titanium Dioxide has been used for decades in paints and coatings, for products such as toothpaste and sunscreen, in adhesives, plastics and even as a food additive.

What does the reclassification of Titanium Dioxide mean?

After lengthy discussions at EU level, the European Commission adopted the 14th adaptation of the CLP Regulation as Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/217 on October 4, 2019, which was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on February 18, 2020. This Regulation will enter into force on 9 March 2020 and must be implemented by 9 September 2021 at the latest.
The Regulation classifies Titanium Dioxide as carcinogenic (suspect substance, category 2) in powder form with at least 1 % particles of aerodynamic diameter ≤ 10 µm and introduces additional EUH statements.

    • The classification applies only to pure Titanium Dioxide powder and to all powder products containing at least 1 % Titanium Dioxide in particle form or incorporated in particles with an aerodynamic diameter ≤ 10 µm in the mixture.
    • It does NOT apply to products, i.e. articles such as wallpaper, paper or transfer products containing titanium dioxide.

Is Titanium Dioxide contained in KURZ transfer products?

In principle, KURZ transfer products can contain Titanium Dioxide. The Titanium Dioxide is bound in a solid matrix and is therefore an insoluble component of the transfer material, even after application to the end product.

Wallpaper and finished plasters, for example, are not affected by this classification either, because there also Titanium Dioxide is incorporated and fixed in a solid matrix.

Do KURZ transfer products have to be labeled additionally?

The additional labeling according to EUH212 for mixtures containing ≥ 1 % Titanium Dioxide particles, as required by the Regulation, is not applicable for our transfer products, but only for solid or liquid mixtures (e.g. powder coatings, paints).

Our transfer products are classified as articles under the EU Regulation 1907/2006 of 18.12.2006 (REACH VO) and are therefore not subject to registration. The preparation of a safety data sheet is therefore not mandatory for our KURZ transfer products.