MVR International Launches Web Site for RoHS Compliance

Site is dedicated to the European Restrictions on Hazardous Substances directive and other environmental laws emerging worldwide

Tamarac, Florida — June 16, 2005 — MVR International Inc., a Florida-based distributor of electronic components, announced the launch of, a Web site dedicated to the European Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive and other environmental laws emerging worldwide.

Europe, as well as Japan, China and some U.S. states are restricting the use of some hazardous substances in electric and electronic equipments. As of July 1, 2006, the RoHS directive will be enforced within the 25 countries of the European Union. Electronics companies willing to enter the European market will have to re-design most of their products using compliant components. The impact of RoHS is far-reaching, but the directive implementation is still very unclear, and the identification of components raises big concerns since around half of components manufacturers will not use new part numbers to identify green parts.

In an effort to clarify the RoHS issue and to provide the industry with the most up-to-date information, MVR International is offering an online resource center. It includes links to more than 250 components manufacturers' compliance information, daily updated news about RoHS and environmental issues affecting the electronics industry, presentation of the RoHS directive, and frequently asked questions and links to technical and legislative resources about RoHS and environmental laws.

Over the past few months, we have registered a significant increase of requirements for compliant parts said Mikki Khallouqui, president of MVR International. Our customers are also seeking assistance to find out the status of their [bill of materials (BOM)] and the availability and use of lead-free alternative products. Manufacturers now realize that they have no escape, but they face huge dilemmas on how to achieve compliance in practice. We hope this Web site will be a good support to help them through their conversion process.

The Web site, launched one year before official RoHS enforcement, will be continually updated until the need for such support is over.

Another concern for European manufacturers is the management of non-compliant inventory. After the enforcement of the RoHS directive, non-compliant parts will be used only for maintaining, repairing or upgrading equipments put on the market before July 2006. Keeping these parts in stock and maintaining a dual-inventory would happen to be extremely costly for manufacturers, commented Khallouqui. This is why we see a significant increase in consignment contracts allowing us to re-market these parts in exempted industries or geographical areas on behalf of our customers.

Learn about and download the The RoHS Legislation and Technical Manual, an additional resource for RoHS compliance provided by Newark InOne.

For more information on the supply chain impact of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) regulations, see these articles.