Hexavalent chromium is produced during the electroplating process and is recognised as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) under REACH for its carcinogenic and mutagenic properties. Most chrome electroplating technologies produce air emissions that contain hexavalent chromium and, as a result of growing awareness and improving health and safety during processing, metal finishing operations have had to install waste treatment systems that raise production costs. In recent months, the price of chromium chemicals has diverged from the general chromium ore and metal price trends, with chemicals still following a general uptick, while other products have returned to the lower levels seen over the last decade. Roskill expects the prices of chrome chemicals and chrome metal to rebalance to its long-term price ratio over the second half of 2019. (Roskill Information Services, July 26, 2019).