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Solano® goes Nature

Luxembourg, 6 August 2015 – Solano® , the leading coated steel for roofing and cladding building applications, joins ArcelorMittal’s Nature range, a collection of organic coated steels that are entirely free of phthalates, chromates and heavy metals [1] . ArcelorMittal confirms its leadership by being the first manufacturer to offer a thick coated steel (200 microns) free of hexavalent chromium-based compounds.

These chemicals, referred to by EU REACH [2] legislation as “substances of very high concern” (SVHCs) and potentially hazardous to human health, will be gradually phased out in Europe starting in 2017. ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products has decided to anticipate these regulatory deadlines.

ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products has been developing its green technologies for a long time and in 2011, the division created its Nature range, a sustainable organic coated steel product line with coatings and surface treatments that are entirely compliant with REACH.

Solano® therefore joins the Nature range, which also includes the Granite® and Estetic® coated steels.

Morrisons supermarkets distribution centre in Bridgewater, UK. Architect: © DLA Architecture, System provided by Kingspan. Photography: © Richard Seymour.


Solano® Nature is more respectful of the environment and offers unbeatable durability [3] ; the coating is applied on a hot dip galvanized or galfan substrate. Solano® Nature ’s unmatched flexibility means it can be processed by bending, cold rolling and deep drawing while preserving the aesthetics.

“In terms of respect for the environment and human health, Solano® Nature is the obvious choice of cladding material for buildings erected in demanding industrial or coastal environments, while retaining its unbeatable performances in terms of flexibility and corrosion resistance,” says André Lavaud, product marketing manager, ArcelorMittal Europe - Flat Products.

With Solano® Nature , the whole range of ArcelorMittal Europe – Flat Products organic coated steels is now free of chromates and heavy metals, complying fully to European REACH legislation.

[1] lead or hexavalent chromium complex

[2] REACH: Registration, Evaluation, Autorisation and Restriction of Chemicals

[3] Solano® is listed in the corrosion resistance category RC5 (the highest level) and the UV resistance category RUV3 under the European standard EN 10169