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Taiwan to push for RoHS, WEEE compliance

Posted: 05 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:electronics? restriction of hazardous substance? rohs?

Taiwan's Industrial Development Bureau - under the Ministry of Economic Affairs -- recently announced that the ministry will support electronics manufacturers in coping with issues regarding compliance with Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Restriction of Hazardous Substance (RoHS) standards. Compliance with the WEEE must be secured on or before August this year, while compliance with the RoHS must be obtained on or before July of next year.

According to Kuo Nien-hsiung, the bureau's deputy director, compliance with WEEE will increase production costs by 15 percent. Further, compliance with RoHS would likewise boost costs from five percent to 10 percent, according to Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

Taiwan's annual exports of electrical and electronics equipment and products to the EU reached $10 billion on average. A survey made by the bureau showed that 63 percent of domestic makers are preparing for WEEE while 87 percent can meet with RoHS standards. However, makers still face the challenge of finding alternative for lead and other restricted materials.

Kuo adds that small- and medium-scale companies are the ones that will be hit the hardest, so the bureau is encouraging these makers to approach them for any concerns.

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