LXE Pledges to Comply With EU's RoHS and WEEE Directives

Will begin shipping compliant products into European Union by second quarter of '06

Will begin shipping compliant products into European Union by second quarter of '06

Atlanta — August 10, 2005 — LXE, a developer of rugged mobile RFID tag-reading technologies, said this week that it will comply with the European Union's (EU) Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) directive by the July 6, 2006, deadline and will meet the requirements of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) legislation in each member state.

The RoHS directive provides that electrical and electronic equipment sold in the EU after July 6, 2006, cannot contain lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).

LXE said it would begin shipping RoHS-compliant products into the EU by the second quarter of 2006. All products sold in the European Union will be compliant by the July 6, 2006, deadline, the company said.

Move to Recyclables

The primary objectives of the WEEE directive are the prevention of waste electrical and electronic equipment, and the promotion of the reuse and recycling of electronic wastes. The WEEE directive requires that electronic manufacturers selling in EU countries label their equipment as recyclable and that they provide and fund a means to recycle the equipment. The WEEE directive takes effect on August 13, 2005, and targets for recycling must be met by as early as December 2006.

LXE said it will be compliant with the components of the directive that take effect in August and that the company is developing the plans to comply with the complete requirements of the directive by the deadlines of each member state.

"LXE has always placed a high priority on waste minimization, recycling and reuse programs, and pollution prevention," says Philippe Bechet, vice president at LXE International. "All of LXE's products will eventually be RoHS compliant, including those sold outside of the European Union."

Additional Articles of Interest

— 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 SDCExec.com articles.

— For more information on wireless tracking solutions for the supply chain, see "Needle in a Supply Chain Haystack," the Net Best Thing column in the January 2002 issue of iSource Business (now Supply & Demand Chain Executive) magazine.

— By deploying an automated point-of-use dispensing solution at its New Bedford plant, this medical devices company is driving down the cost of MRO. Read "Uncribbing the Tools at DePuy Orthopaedics" in the June/July 2005 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.