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October 14, 2015

Volume 17 Issue 52

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EU Rule on Leaded Alloys May Impact Cutting Fluids

Impending changes in European regulations may sharply reduce levels of lead allowed in steel, aluminum and copper alloys as soon as January 2017, with far-ranging impacts on global metalworking operations, an industry expert warns. Metal removal fluids would require major reformulation, and machining efficiency could be cut by 25 percent or more.