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Mainland China connector makers churn out green products

Posted: 20 Feb 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wujin east electronic? pe? ppt? pvc? a/v connectors?

Connector makers in mainland China are adopting environment-friendly materials following a ban by Europe and Japan on import of components with lead content. For instance, Wujin East Electronic Co. Ltd uses PE and PPT to substitute PVC in making A/V connectors, says Xu Jiachun, production manager.

"PE and PPT are more expensive than PVC, but they are lead-free. Since our major export market is Europe, we already begin utilizing these environment-friendly materials for export models. In addition, we sometimes even provide official material analysis reports, which some buyers request before production," Xu says.

The company has invested more than Rmb100 million ($12.08 million at Rmb8.28:$1) to introduce new equipment.

Wujin East's newly developed SCART-to-SCART 21-pin home theater high-definition connecting system is an environment-friendly product targeted at the Japanese market. It adopts oxygen-free copper, 24K gold-plated plug and PE.

Similarly, Zhejiang Zuanbao Electronics Co. Ltd, a major connector supplier of Sony Corp., has received green certification. That means Zuanbao's products conform to the Japanese company's production requirements for environment protection. "Since last October, we have stopped using POM and PVC, which have lead content. Instead, we use PE, nylon and other materials in connector production. As a Green Partner of Sony, we have replaced all hazardous materials in production," says Zhou Lixin, vice president of Zuanbao.

Following Six Sigma system, the company has obtained ISO 9001:2000, CQC, PICC, CE and MC certificates. It expects to be certified to ISO 14000 this June.

Guoguang Group China is also adopting environment-friendly materials, according to Hu Dinchun, manager. The company uses SGS-certified raw materials.

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