Dr Torsten Funk
Chair of the PU Restriction Technical Working Group, Manager Chemical Safety, Product Stewardship
Sika Technology AG
Torsten Funk is a chemist by education who has held various positions within the Sika group in Germany, India and Switzerland covering quality control and management, and production processes and equipment for adhesives, sealants and coatings for industry and construction. Since 2012, he has been responsible for post-registration regulatory topics under REACH, namely supply chain communication, authorisation and restriction, as well as upcoming regulatory activities and trends for chemicals or groups of chemicals. In this field, he is active in various groups within FEICA and other industry associations.
Regulatory pressure on critical raw materials
Substances needed as the main basis in a broad range of applications can be considered as ‘critical raw materials’. The possibility to use these substances can be affected by either their availability (e.g. supply shortage, market shifts, etc.) or the regulatory frameworks that impact on their use (e.g. limitations in concentrations, a focus on exposure including new occupational exposure limits, etc.) In his presentation, Dr Funk will show how the regulatory framework (e.g. REACH) can impact the business criticality of some of these relevant substances because they have been restricted, banned or placed on an ‘ECHA list’. Examples include diisocyanates, silicones, microplastics and polymers of concern. He will also explore FEICA’s strategies to manage these risks.
Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 14:05 - 14:30