Stopwatch deadline

nPB’s sunset date is 4 July 2020, we can help find alternative solvents to meet your vapour degreasing needs.

2020 nPB Sunset Date – 4 July 2020

The use of toxic chemicals like n-propyl bromide (nPB or 1-BP) and trichloroethylene (TCE or Trike) in vapour degreasing has become increasingly regulated throughout the world. Under EU Regulation, Trike’s sunset date took place in April 2016 and it is now banned with the exemption of authorised applications linked to specific companies.

nPB meets the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)’s criteria for classification as toxic for reproduction (category 1B) for adverse effects on sexual function and fertility or on development. Therefore, nPB, also known as 1-Bromopropane or 1-BP, is included in Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Annex XIV (PDF, 344 KB) to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 set out in Article 57(c), and will be sunset accordingly.

nPB’s sunset date is 4 July 2020, so in order to put the safety of workers first, companies are looking to find alternative solvents to meet their vapour degreasing needs.

With zero ozone depletion potential and low global warming potential, 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids are a safe, sustainable cleaning alternative to n-propyl bromide (nPB) and trichloroethylene (TCE).

Take a look at the reasons why you should choose Novec 73DE as your alternative.

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Please note that in order to test/demonstrate the effectiveness of our products, in the current environment, we are able to offer a video demonstration of the process cleaning your components.