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Sydney, Australia, 5 December 2008

DuPont Performance Coatings quick to respond to new lead legislation

DuPont Performance Coatings has been quick to respond to new legislation banning the manufacture and importation of lead in automotive and industrial paints which comes into effect on 1 January 2009.


(The new legislation does not prohibit the continued application or sale of lead-based products in the industrial/refinish market, only the manufacture and importing of these products. Therefore, you can continue to apply lead-based paints to use up current stocks).


According to DuPont Performance Coatings General Manager, Stan Willmott, DuPont Performance Coatings has been actively pursuing alternatives to lead-based paints for automotive and industrial application for a number of years.


“As an organisation committed to the safety and well-being of all people associated with the products used in our industry, we have already ceased the manufacture and import of such products, and for formulas which use these pigments, we have developed an alternative formula using lead-free pigment.”, Willmott said.


“These new formulations will cover the vast majority of cars, across all models from the last 10 years and even the popular colours used beyond that period.


“In fleet colours, we’ve matched to all major colour systems (such as AS2700). Any other colours we don’t currently have lead-free formulations prepared for, will be matched on demand.


“On rare occasions you may need a formula for an old or unusual colour for which we haven’t yet produced a lead-free formula. If you are looking for a lead-free formula that is not yet available, we can produce this for you on request”, he said.


For further information about lead-free colour matching, please contact your DuPont Performance Coatings distributor.


For more details about the new legislation, information is available at: