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EPSON DECLARES GLOBAL COMPLIANCE WITH …

 user 2006-07-24 at 10:32:00 am Views: 56
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    Epson declares its global compliance with new RoHS Directive
    Epson has announced its global compliance with the RoHS Directive (Restriction of the use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment) that came into effect from July 1, 2006, contributing to the removal of six hazardous substances from electrical and electronic equipment.The directive bans the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants.’Chemical management has always been a priority for Epson and we have been working towards achieving the goals outlined in the RoHS Directive as part of our environmental programme. It is our aim to develop premium quality products with minimum impact on the environment.”Our engineering departments and factories have been researching and developing lead-free products since 1999, four years before the approval of the RoHS Directive which was passed in 2003. We welcome the regulations and are pleased to announce our global compliance with the Directive,’ El-Dalu added.Epson has already put in place a sophisticated chemical management system that ensures that all its products comply with the RoHS Directive and that customers can continue to purchase the same high-quality Epson products as they did before the Directive came into force. Epson evaluated a total of 24,000 parts against the criteria of the RoHS Directive and as a result, 1,156 products were changed to ensure RoHS compliance well ahead of the July 1 deadline.Epson established a chemical control substitute committee as far back as 2003, to lead the company’s efforts to become RoHS compliant. Around 300 people have been involved in areas such as green procurement, elimination of substances, compliance audits and the general chemical management system.Epson has also changed the control of its global supply chain to ensure that all of its 2,200 suppliers meet the terms of the RoHS Directive by setting up an auditing system in which 150 people check compliance statements and perform tests on the supplied parts. Epson also changed both product design and production processes to ensure that its products use lead-free solder and become RoHS compliant through the development of lead-free products.’Epson engineers around the globe physically test around 2,000 parts a day to ensure that all supplied components are compliant with the directive. Over 500,000 such tests have been performed till date to offer eco-friendly products to today’s increasingly environment-conscious consumers,’ El-Dalu concluded.