According to the “Three –year Plan on Defending the Blue Sky”, mandatory national standards specifying VOC limits of coating, ink, adhesives, detergents, etc. are required to be established by 2019 and key regions will take the lead in executing such standards from Jul 1, 2020.
China’s Standardization Administration (SAC) has announced on April 4th the project for formulating a new standard “Limits of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in printing ink” on its website. As planned it will be drafted by June of 2019 and formulated by the end of 2019.
The standard will cover all types of ink products and promote industrial transformation and upgrading. Ink products need to conform to strict standards in order to make it to market. In addition, some organic solvents may be restricted to use as primary solvent/diluent components.