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*NEWS*EPSON IN GLOBAL COMPLIANCE WITH….

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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.