The EU Regulation, REACH, (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) came into force on 1st June 2007. It aims to make sure that enough information is available on all metals and chemicals to demonstrate that the production, import and/or use of those substances in the EU does not cause any risk to human health or the environment. Mason has most of our products pre-registered and in conjunction with AAKO as our Only Representative for REACH we will be in compliance as the future registration deadlines come about.
Many of Mason’s customers actually borrow the tin for use in their processes. Mason takes great pride in the fact that we work very closely with both small and large companies to develop a process that will result in the recycling of tin. By doing this we are talking a non-renewable resource and in many cases can use it several times over. This is not only a big part of Mason’s business but it also is the correct thing to do from an environmental stewardship point of view.
With the challenges that business’ have faced over the last few years Mason has been working with its’ customer base to identify areas for improvement in the use of tin. We were quite surprised how much value we could add to Mason and our products by simply taking over segments of processes that Mason could do much more economically as well as safer than our customers. Some of these projects were as simple as replacing a solid tin chemical with a liquid for ease of use. Other projects have taken capital investment to succeed but in the end are better for both Mason and our customers.
Mason has several employees who understand the tin industry in every facet. We have a long history of knowing what our manufacturing processes are capable of doing and what they are not capable of doing. Whenever the time arises that Mason’s staff is challenged we have access to the International Tin Research Institute (ITRI) in the UK who has very wide capabilities in helping to solve the complex issues.