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New ATEX directive for explosive atmospheres set to commence

There are less than two weeks until new ATEX legislation for equipment and systems for use in potentially explosive atmospheres comes into effect.

The new ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU is to be applied from April 20th 2016 and means manufacturers must declare the conformity of equipment placed on the market from that date. The new legislation is intended to help improve market transparency while protecting equipment users.

ATEX takes its name from the French title of the original 94/9/EC directive Appareils destinés à être utilisés en ATmosphères EXplosives. The directive grades equipment and systems to be used in potentially explosive atmospheres, such as areas where gas, vapours or dust are present – for example petrochemical plants, flour mills and mines.

Electric motor users who intend to use their equipment in a potentially-explosive atmosphere should ensure that from April 20th their supplier is in compliance with the new directive and that their equipment carries a declaration of conformity.

Gibbons Engineering Group supply electric motors designed for use in severe operating conditions, including explosive atmospheres, and you can be assured that all our equipment conforms with relevant legislation. For more information, call Carl Green on 01621 868138 or email

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