The legal requirements and applicable laws of the global legislators oblige chemical and agrochemical manufacturers to label their products.  

In agriculture, tested and legally approved pesticides are consciously used as an essential component. Without the use of pesticides, crop failures from pests could rise to over 80%. Pests, weeds and diseases are regulated by pesticides. Counterfeit and illegal pesticides pose real risks to the health of farmers, end users, the environment and the economy. Counterfeit trade is increasing worldwide. To counteract this, the European Crop Protection (ECPA) has issued CRISTAL guidelines, which chemical and agrochemical manufacturers can pursue on a voluntary basis. Serialized data matrix coding according to international standards (e.g. GHS, GS1) on packaging and units should reliably cover the traceability of the product, the batch and the sales unit across all logistics levels.  A consistent route and tracing  ( Track and Trace ) leads to more transparency in the supply chain and can thus protect consumers and the environment from counterfeit products and illegal pesticides. Manufacturers have to integrate track and trace functionalities into their supply chain in order to be able to guarantee complete traceability.



What are the special features of the labeling of chemicals?

Many chemical products such as paint, varnish, fuels, adhesives, pickling agents, solvents and cleaning agents pose a risk to the environment or human health. Especially if they are flammable, toxic, explosive, corrosive, irritating, carcinogenic, hazardous to the environment or sensitizing. Therefore, these must be marked accordingly. To protect the consumption and the user, special labeling regulations are stipulated for this.


By in January 2009  issued EC ordinance, the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) was introduced for the worldwide labeling of hazardous substances in Europe. The classification and labeling law has changed accordingly: chemicals are now classified according to the same criteria, risks are visibly labeled and user instructions are given for the safe handling of the chemical.  

This approach provides better protection for the consumer and the environment when using chemicals and the associated dangers and risks. When chemicals are exported, the labeling no longer differs in terms of the destination country, which simplifies the chemicals trade.

What must be observed according to the new GHS labeling system?

The new labeling law for chemicals has been introduced in Europe. In some cases, the symbols for the hazardous substance labeling have only been optically adjusted. Three completely new pictograms however, the following were added:  

  • the gas bottle

  • the exclamation mark

  • the pictogram for health hazards

In addition to the new pictograms, signal words were also supplemented:

  • ATTENTION indicates  a less serious hazard category

  • DANGER indicates a serious hazard category

The following pictograms have been completely omitted due to the new regulation:

  • Black St. Andrew's Cross in the orange field

How can they  GHS labeling requirements are implemented?

Label design and automation software is suitable for implementing the GHS regulations. Here b + b offers the most economical and most flexible solution. The labeling software Labels Platform 4 from b + b can be used for every imaginable printing, labeling, automation or visualization task. It enables you to design your labels flexibly. It is the control center of your labeling solution.

Label Editor

LabelsPlatform 4 forms with the integrated  Label editor  the center of the LP4 automation solution.

Label automation software

LP4 remote  and  LP4  Format manager  make the use of PC workstations in production unnecessary

Label design software

LP4 policy modules  enable compliance with local and / or industry-specific guidelines and laws

Database manager

LP4 database manager  Keep an eye on your data and connect it to other systems


LP4 Commander  and  LP4 AutomationCente r   automate the label printing and the complete workflow around the process



How can I mark packaging with variable data quickly and reliably?

Applying labels by hand is usually problematic. Labeling inaccuracies and a high expenditure of time are usually the result.

Increasing demands on the beverage industry make product labeling more difficult. Label printing and dispensing systems  enable you to precisely, reliably and quickly mark products and their packaging using different applicators and label transfer modules. The printing and dispensing of the label is done in one system.

Various requirements are necessary for maximum efficiency in your production:

  • necessary printing speed

  • necessary dispensing speed

  • Labeling accuracy

  • Printing options

  • Integration into existing production lines and production lines

The label printing dispenser EDS 420i and  Due to their modular design, a large selection of functions, accessories and applicators, the 620i meet almost every requirement.  

Thanks to the modularity of the label printing dispenser, you always opt for the best economical solution.

Label Print Dispenser


How can small and large containers be labeled?

Legal regulations for the labeling of chemical products are increasing the demands on the supply chain in the chemical and agrochemical industry. Illegible or peeled labels can lead to mix-ups and therefore pose a high risk to people and the environment.

A labeling system that is integrated into an existing production line in the chemical industry usually runs 24 hours and 7 days a week. A failure would lead to a complete stop in production. The labeling process of the product and packaging surfaces is made more difficult by environmental conditions such as dust and high humidity. The focus of the labeling process is on the labeling accuracy and speed. In order not to negatively affect the efficiency of the production line, uninterrupted labeling must be guaranteed.


Whether molded bottles for cleaning agents, paint cans, paint buckets, oil canisters, containers, barrels and hobboks: The packaging formats for chemical and agrochemical products are very diverse and sometimes also irregularly designed.

b + b offers marking solutions and labeling solutions for various containers, formats and labels:


In the logistics of chemical and agrochemical manufacturers, specific and legal requirements apply to the labeling of the load carrier. Pallets must therefore be clearly labeled, for example, so that downstream processes in the supply chain such as shipping or distribution can be designed efficiently.  The pallets ready for dispatch must be labeled in accordance with GS1. The pallets can be marked with GS1-compliant transport labels on one side, both sides or on three sides. For quality assurance, various containers must also be provided with a corner label (tamper evident). 



Pallet labeller


Labelling pallets

1-sided pallet labeling


Labelling pallets

2-sided pallet labeling


Labelling pallets

3-sided pallet labeling

Pallet labeling from b + b on the Fachpack

With the pallet labeller from b + b, all legal and specific requirements can be met with ease.


Globally, the manufacture and trade of illegal pesticides ranks fourth, so illegal and counterfeit pesticides account for almost 14% of the EU pesticide market. Over 670 tons of counterfeit and illegal pesticides were seized by EUROPOL.  

In agriculture, tested and legally approved pesticides are consciously used as an essential component. Without the use of pesticides, crop failures from pests could rise to over 80%. Pests, weeds and diseases are regulated by pesticides.

Counterfeit and illegal pesticides pose real risks to the health of farmers, end users, the environment and the economy. Counterfeit trade is increasing worldwide.

Track and Trace - CRISTAL


We make the path of your products visible!

b + b offers you industry-specific complete solutions for product tracking according to global standards and guidelines - far beyond the legal requirements. The modular and 
flexible software structure implements b + b projects "without headaches". 
b + b connects your ERP and WMS systems with your production lines and reports the production data back to your IT systems or to third-party systems.