UK Reach adaption

UK Reach adaption

Since 31st January 2020, the United Kingdom is no longer a member of the EU. Until today, they are actively working on adapting to former EU regulations. Thus, a substitute for the REACh regulation (UK Reach) was developed. This regulation has recently been revised.

New deadlines

The deadline for registering substances with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been extended. This was decided by the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Specifically, the following deadlines now apply:

  • 27 October 2026 for substances included on the EU REACH candidate list before UK REACH came into effect; carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic for reproduction and manufactured or imported in quantities of 1 tonne/year or more; very toxic to aquatic life and manufactured or imported in quantities of 100 tonnes/year or more; and all substances manufactured or imported in quantities of 1,000 tonnes/year or more
  • 27 October 2028 for substances added to the UK REACH candidate list before the 2023 submission deadline, or which are manufactured or imported in quantities of 100 tonnes/year or more
  • 27 October 2030 for all substances manufactured or imported in quantities of 1 tonne/year or more *


REACH UK is not as mature as the European model yet. We recommend all companies keep up-to-date with news and updates regularly. The official HSE website is advisable (see here).



European Coating Show

European Coating Show

Petrex GmbH has several high-quality photoinitiators in its portfolio. They are suitable for use in the coating and color industry. So the upcoming European Coating Show (ECS) in Nürnberg is a “must-event” for us.

About the fair

The ECS is the leading fair in the industry. In 2023, the event occurs from March 28th to 30th. Over 1,000 exhibitors from different countries and numerous visitors will take part in this three-day event.

Meet us

Team Petrex is looking forward to strengthening its partnership with suppliers and customers, as well as creating new business opportunities. Please contact us if you’re interested in a meeting.

Petrex GmbH got the EcoVadis Platinum Medal

Petrex GmbH got the EcoVadis Platinum Medal

Sustainability is a process –

We’re happy to take part in!

Again in 2023, the CSR rating provider EcoVadis evaluated our efforts in the area of sustainability. We are pleased to receive a platinum medal, which puts us at the forefront of the industry comparison.

We appreciate the close cooperation with suppliers, customers and partners to be more sustainable together.

Any questions, we will be happy to assist.

Petrex GmbH is carbon neutral

Petrex GmbH is carbon neutral

Every company should critically question its environmental footprint and take measures to reduce it. Petrex GmbH also deals intensively with the subject of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

About GHG

Greenhouse gases are the gases in the atmosphere that have an impact on the Earth’s energy balance. So they push the so-called greenhouse effect. Each company is directly or indirectly involved in causing these emissions. To calculate the impact of a company, three scopes are considered.

Cooperation with Climate Partner

Although some measures can reduce emissions, there is still a residual quantity. By working together with ClimatePartner, we have found a serious way to offset these remaining emissions. Petrex GmbH is therefore climate neutral. You are welcome to receive further information here.

Year of the rabbit

Year of the rabbit

Dear business partner,

According to the Lunar calendar, 2023 is the year of the rabbit.

The rabbit is seen as friendly, peaceful and diplomatic.

However, rabbits follow their targets with precision and know exactly what they want.

Below we would like to share the dates of public holidays in China 2023:

  • International New Year       Jan 1
  • Chinese New Year                 Jan 21 – 27
  • Qing Ming Festival                Apr 5
  • Labor Day                                May 1 – 5
  • Dragon Boat Festival            Jun 22 – 23
  • Mid-Autumn Festival           Sep 29
  • National Day                          Sep 30 – Oct 6
Merry Christmas and a good start in 2023🎄

Merry Christmas and a good start in 2023🎄

Dear Business Partner,

2022 was full of challenges. In addition to various logistics problems, the Covid 19 pandemic continued to cause difficulties. Political tensions between Europe and Russia also had a significant impact.

Nevertheless, Petrex GmbH was still able to guarantee the usual quality of performance and service.

We would like to thank all business partners for the successful cooperation.

Enjoy a wonderful Christmas time with your family and have a good start in 2023!

Freight situation

Freight situation

Especially in the last two years, logistics have been characterized by global difficulties. Even today, the impact of the Covid pandemic can still be felt in everyday life. The Russia-Ukraine war is also affecting supply chains. Nevertheless, the overall logistic situation has improved compared to last year.

Far East Westbound (FEWB)

Demand for ocean freight remained low, particularly in the first half of November. Thus, there is resumed pressure on spot rates. As a result, rates continue to fall. Cargo space is available, but delays are still expected because of congested ports in Europe. Nevertheless, it can be noted that the runtimes have shortened in general. Additionally, an increasing container availability is observed, despite the existing burden of Blank Sailings.


Even though there’s a currently general accessibility of capacities, companies should think proactively. We recommend that they remain flexible in planning the transport due to possible port congestion and delays.

Feast of Saint Martin

Feast of Saint Martin

Every autumn, Saint Martin’s Day is celebrated in many European countries. Typical for this event are parades with self-made lanterns. Traditional songs are sung and often accompanied by local music associations. Also, the participating children receive a bag with all sorts of treats.


This traditional festival dates back to an old legend. Saint Martin was a Roman soldier who made a sign of charity. On a cold night, he met an almost frozen beggar. No one but Martin paid attention to him. He cut his warm mantle with his sword and gave half to the mendicant. So he didn’t have to freeze anymore. This scene is often re-enacted in Martin’s parades with real actors.

Saint Martin in Kempen

The Kempen Martin parades are known far beyond the borders of the Lower Rhine. There is a specific parade for toddlers and school children. The participants receive a so-called “Blo-es”. This is the local expression for the bag with treats.  For over 130 years, it has been inspiring young and old and runs through the medieval town of Kempen. This is rounded off by an impressive fireworks display. An exhibition of the children’s homemade torches is also organized. A visit is not only worthwhile for locals!

Raising importance of sustainability for SME

Raising importance of sustainability for SME

Sustainability is a current topic that is becoming more and more vital. The latest survey results show that this trend is also spreading further in the commercial sector. The online study was conducted on the YouGov platform from 5 to 10 April and included participants from the DACH region and France.

Results in detail

The study addressed decision-makers from small and medium-sized companies. More than 40 percent of respondents said that the importance of sustainability has increased significantly  (15 percent) or at least slightly (26 percent) in their company. This is a result of the current challenges. In total, only seven percent of respondents report a decline in the importance of the topic of sustainability. According to the survey, even two-thirds of all companies (66 percent) have implemented environmental and climate initiatives in the past twelve months. For example, 13 percent of respondents want to switch their vehicle fleet to electric cars.


The current crises present huge problems for companies in a wide range of fields: Massively rising energy costs and disrupted supply chains are two particularly challenging examples. Nevertheless, the issue of sustainability does not lose its importance and is likely to become even more critical. Petrex GmbH is also actively working on an expansion of sustainability in all three scope dimensions

New ECHA Report

New ECHA Report

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) regularly publishes new reports relating to its Integrated Regulatory Strategy. The aim is to accelerate the generation of data, the identification of groups of substances of concern and regulatory measures by combining different regulatory processes. A coherent approach has been developed for this purpose.

Key messages

By 2021, 30% of the substances had already been thoroughly evaluated. Where structural similarities exist, substances have been grouped based on these. Regardless, there is still a need for regulation for almost 1.300 substances, which have a high annual requirement. 300 substances can require risk management measures immediately. Data must first be generated for remaining substances, or no action is required. The report also shows that the number of substances requiring harmonized classification and labeling has tripled from 2020 to 2021. CLH is often a prerequisite for further regulatory action, so authorities need to allocate sufficient resources and start developing proposals for these substances to avoid regulatory backlogs.

About ECHA

ECHA is an EU authority that regulates the technical, scientific and administrative aspects of the regulation registration, evaluation, and authorization of chemicals (= REACH Regulation). Its purpose is the general protection of health and the environment.