rohsAs your supply partner, N-tronics GmbH can help you to comply with the new environmental requirements for component and electronics manufacturing and what you can do now to prepare for the coming changes to the electronic manufacturing industry. RoHS and WEEE are only the beginning of stricter and more thorough legislation that has either recently been passed or is being considered in countries and regions across the globe.

What is RoHS?
RoHS (Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances): The European Union (EU) Directive on the Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances, restricting the use of Lead (Pb), Cadmium, Mercury, Hrexavalent Chromium and PBB/PBDE flame retardant materials in electrical and electronic products sold in Europe beginning July 1, 2006. The purpose of the RoHS directive is to limit the chance of hazardous materials from polluting the environment during recycling or disposing into landfills. For more information and recent updates, please visit the European Commission:

What are the 6 banned substances?
– Lead
– Cadmium
– Mercury
– Hexavalent Chromium (Chromium VI)
– Polybrominated biphenyl (PBB)
– Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)

What is WEEE?
WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment): The European Union (EU) Directive on Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment. This directive deals with the collection and recycling of electrical and electronic waste. The goal of the WEEE directive is to shift the responsibility of potentially hazardous WEEE produced within the EU to producers of these products. With the WEEE directive producers of these products will be required to recycle the equipment instead of disposing of it in landfills. The companies that sell these products, electric or electronic devices, will be required to label the device to indicate a separate collection when it is ready to be disposed of. These companies should also be prepared to take back these products and recycle them.

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