REACH regulation: Information for MAHLE customers

Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of December 18, 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) came into force on June 1, 2007. REACH imposes an obligation, particularly on manufacturers and importers, to register chemicals in certain cases.

First and foremost, as the MAHLE Group, we are a downstream user. We maintain contact with our suppliers in order to safeguard our supply of raw materials as well as the registration or pre-registration, and to take measures where necessary.

You obtain components and systems for combustion engines and peripherals as well as products for industrial filtration from the companies of the MAHLE Group. The products supplied by us are articles in accordance with the definition in Article 3, no. 3 of REACH. Our products are not articles intended to release substances contained within them (Article 7, section 1 of REACH. For components for the automotive industry, we already add relevant data to the IMDS database.

SVHC listed in the ECHA preliminary "candidate list" are an integral part of our MAHLE terms of purchase/buying conditions (list of banned substances).

Therefore, our products are currently not subject to any registration or notification obligations by virtue of the REACH Regulation.

Of course, we will comply with the requirements of the REACH Regulation in order to guarantee the smooth running of our production at all times. We will also monitor the development of the list of substances of very high concern (SVHC) in accordance with Article 59, section 1 of REACH, and adhere to the requirements in accordance with Article 7, section 2 of REACH both now and in the future. At present, we do not envisage the function or quality of our products being restricted in any way in connection with the rules of the REACH Regulation as indicated above.

In any case, we can assure you that we are aware of the obligations arising from the REACH Regulation and will continue to comply with all legal requirements.

Please understand that we are unable to process individual questionnaires because of the large number of enquiries. This also applies to submissions on Internet portals. As a rule, the answers can be obtained from this information letter.

For any questions, please get in touch with your MAHLE sales contact person.