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Mainland China accelerates adoption of lead-free manufacturing

Posted: 20 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:rohs? weee? electronic components?

With the RoHS and WEEE regulations scheduled to take effect in July next year, makers of electronic components across mainland China are stepping up the adoption of lead-free manufacturing. Makers coin this as the beginning of the "Lead-free Electronic Period."

Most electronic components makers in the country use lead and tin alloy for soldering. To minimize the use of lead in manufacturing processes, some makers are considering using pure tin, tin-copper, gold, palladium and palladium-nickel alloy for soldering.

However, Lv Quanya, general manager of Changzhou Giantion Electron Appliances Co. Ltd, says although these metals are environment-friendly, their mechanical performance are not as efficient as that of lead and are more expensive.

Electronic parts maker Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology Co. Ltd, on the other hand, has fully adopted lead-free manufacturing processes.

To further boost adoption of environment friendly manufacturing processes, the mainland government, as well as local governments, has funded lead-free manufacturing projects. One of the central government's programs in promoting lead-free production is the "Electronic Information Project Pollution Prevention and Management Method."

The government also offers preferential policies and incentives to manufacturers adopting lead-free manufacturing techniques. Some universities and research institutes, meanwhile, are cooperating with companies on the R&D of lead-free manufacturing.

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