On May 16th, the European Materials & Processes Technology Board (MPTB) is holding a one-day workshop at ESTEC, ESA’s technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. Small companies, SMEs, and academia involved in hardware manufacturing for space programmes are invited to learn more about how their supply chain can be affected by obsolescence of chemicals or technologies.
Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, REACH, is a strict law controlling chemical substances. It contributes to a safer and healthier environment, but poses wide-reaching engineering challenges for the space sector which is by nature driven by performance and heritage design.
The complexity of the issue and its possible industrial impact requires European-wide coordination among space industry and agencies. This is achieved through the MPTB. This body comprises large system integrators, equipment manufacturers, expert companies, national space agencies and ESA.
This event aims to raise awareness of issues associated with REACH, offer support from the MPTB, and encourage dialogue via a round table discussion.
Participation is free of charge.