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 user 2005-06-11 at 11:42:00 am Views: 43
  • #9880

    Epson to Achieve Full Compliance with EU RoHS Directive by October

    Epson today announced that it had achieved
    97%1 compliance with the European Union’s RoHS directive2
    as of the end of February 2005. The company added that it would achieve full
    compliance by the end of October 20053.

    To effectively manage
    the chemicals used in its products, Epson applied a tool developed by the Japan
    Green Procurement Survey Standardization Initiative (JGPSSI)4 to
    survey and collate information on chemicals in production materials worldwide.
    In cooperation with its suppliers, the company entered approximately 120,000
    items of information relating to chemical substances into a database. On the
    basis of this information, Epson conducted more detailed surveys and introduced
    alternatives for production materials containing chemicals targeted by the EU
    RoHS Directive, progressing toward total elimination of such

    Preparations for compliance with the directive are now almost
    complete, but with global technology development prospects still uncertain,
    compliance may not be possible for some components due to technical issues. The
    whisker problem5 with connectors is a typical case, and Epson is
    currently working through industry groups to apply to the European Commission
    for an exemption. The company expects to resolve these remaining issues by the
    end of October 2005, eight months in advance of the required date of July 1,

    With similar regulations scheduled to be established in China,
    South Korea, Thailand and the United States, management of chemical substances
    is set to become an increasingly critical issue from the points of view of both
    product safety guarantees and environmental protection. Epson intends to extend
    its strict management of chemicals even beyond the scope of the EU RoHS
    directive to its full product lineup.

    1. Proportion of
    compliant parts.

    2. Published on February 13, 2003. From July 1, 2006 the
    directive will restrict the use of the six chemical substances listed below in
    electrical and electronic equipment on the EU market. However, certain
    applications are exempt from compliance.

    Chemicals targeted: lead, mercury,
    cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBBs (polybrominated biphenyls) and PBDEs
    (polybrominated biphenyl ethers) 

    3. Excluding cases where customers demand
    products that do not comply with the EU directive. 

    4. An industry group
    dedicated to standardizing green purchasing. It is under the umbrella of the
    Japan Electronics and Information Technology Association.

    5. If components
    are made lead-free, needle crystals called whiskers could form, creating a risk
    of short circuits.

    About Epson
    The Epson Group increases its
    corporate value through its innovative and creative culture. Dedicated to
    providing its customers with digital image innovation, its main product lines
    comprise information-related equipment such as printers and projectors,
    electronic devices including displays, liquid crystal panels for projectors,
    semiconductors and quartz devices, and precision products such as watches. Epson
    products are known throughout the world for their superior quality,
    functionality, compactness and energy efficiency.
    The Epson Group is a
    network of 84,899 employees in 110 companies around the world, and is proud of
    its ongoing contributions to the global environment and to the communities in
    which it is located.