quarta-feira, 06 de dezembro, 2017

PP: a substitute for asbestos

After much controversy and discussion which lasted for several years, the day 29/11 the use of asbestos was banned nationwide by the Supreme Court. The substance was banned in some States, such as Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul, but now your production, marketing and use is prohibited throughout the national territory. Asbestos has been banned in 75 countries, be considered carcinogen by the World Health Organization. It is estimated that worldwide more than 125 million workers are still exposed directly to asbestos and 107,000 die every year due to diseases related to exposure to ore and its fibers. The Brazil proved to be reluctant in banning this substance because the pressure held by mining companies. Companies defend the economic potential of asbestos for Brazil, since the country has 9,804,000 tonnes in this ore reserves and features 15.6% of world production of asbestos. In Brazil, 99.5% of the production of asbestos cement industry is employed in the manufacture of tiles, flooring boards and water tanks. The main employer in the branch is the Eternit, company split between mining and civil construction. However, the company has redirected your portfolio for the replacement of their products and business. The company has been following the market trend, because many consumers stopped purchasing construction materials that have asbestos. So, in recent years, the Eternit invested about $25 million in equipment R to replace progressively the use of mineral fibre by polypropylene fibre. In 2015, concluded an investment of RS $95 million for the implementation of a plant for the production of polypropylene fibers. Currently, the tiles are being produced with 60% and 40% of PP mineral fiber. By the end of 2018, the production process uses 100% polypropylene fibers.
Maxiquim – 01/12/2017 Noticia traduzida automaticamente
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