Category Archives: Lead Free

IPC Working to Revive R&D on Lead-Free Electronics in High-Reliability Sectors

by Chris Mitchell, IPC vice president, global government relations Ask yourself the following question: Why is it that the aerospace, defense and high performance (ADHP) electronics sectors remain reliant on lead solders and components even as the commercial sector has largely phased out their use? The short answer is that lead-free electronics do not offer […]

EU Launches Consultation on Three RoHS Exemption Requests

The European Union has launched a stakeholder consultation on three new exemption requests. The online stakeholder consultation started on September 26, 2017 and will run for six weeks until November 7, 2017. It covers a request for the renewal of an existing exemption and two requests for new exemptions from the RoHS Directive: • Request […]

Three RoHS Exemption Extensions are Official

Earlier this week, the European Union (EU) officially published three RoHS exemption extensions.  The extensions, collectively known as Pack 7, concern the use of lead and cadmium in reflective and optical glass, and the use of lead in bearing shells and bushes for certain compressors. Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/1009 of 13 March 2017 amending, […]

RoHS and PoPs Chemicals Found in Nearly 40 Percent of Electronics in Sweden

Sweden’s Chemical Agency (Kemi) found banned chemicals in nearly 40 percent of audited low-cost electrical and electronic products. The audits, which took place throughout 2016, revealed that the discount electronics category has a “high rate of noncompliance” with Swedish and European Union RoHS and Persistent Organic Pollutants (PoPs) requirements. Labeling and documentation obligations under REACH […]

IMPACT Washington, D.C. 2016: Industry Leaders Advocate for a Pro-Manufacturing Policy Agenda

By John Hasselmann, Vice President of Government Relations IPC places a high priority on educating government officials about key policy issues of importance to the electronics industry. That’s why top executives from leading electronics companies gathered in Washington, D.C. recently for “IMPACT Washington, D.C. 2016.” During this two-and-a-half day event, executives met with members of […]

Emerging and Critical Environmental Product Requirements Conference Tour a Big Hit

Last week, IPC and ITI hosted three conferences on Emerging and Critical Environmental Product Requirements.  The conferences were held in three locales nationwide in order to facilitate member attendance: Ft. Lee, N.J.; Des Plaines, Ill.; and Milpitas, Calif. Additionally, a kickoff luncheon for member representatives in Washington, D.C. featured conference keynote speakers Steve Andrews of […]

Stakeholder Consultation on EU RoHS Exemption Applications Launched

On April 24, 2015, the Öko Institut, consultants to the European Union (EU), announced the launch of an online stakeholder consultation. The stakeholder consultation will run for eight weeks from April 24 to June 19, 2015.   The consultation covers three requests for renewal of exemptions listed in Annex III of the Directive: Exemption renewal request […]

Your Participation Needed in IPC Military Lead-free Survey

There is growing concern among military/aerospace suppliers about the availability and cost of leaded materials and components. IPC is conducting a confidential survey to assess the current state of the supply chain and the issues facing electronics manufacturers. If you manufacture PCBs or electronic assemblies for military/aerospace applications, IPC requests your participation in this survey. As […]

IPC Cooperates with Other Industry Groups on RoHS2 Exemptions

IPC representatives are working closely with their American and European counterparts in the electronics, lighting, and manufacturing industries to pursue renewal of expiring RoHS exemptions. A cross-industry management board meets monthly to coordinate efforts on exemptions.  The groups are currently discussing renewals of exemptions for Hg (mercury) in lamps (Exemption 4f), Pb (lead) in metal […]

SEC Chair Says Companies Must File Conflict Minerals Reports by May 31 Deadline

On April 29, 2014, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White told members of the House Financial Services Committee that the agency will continue to implement the conflict minerals rule upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals. On April 14, 2014, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled […]