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Green directives threatening company revenue

Posted: 24 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RoHS? WEEE? green manufacturing? lead free? Pb free?

Manufacturers now face the very real possibility of lost or at the very least, disrupted revenue, with the implementation of RoHS and WEEE directives, according to M-Cubed LLC, a provider of turnkey RoHS/WEEE, excess and obsolete and e-waste solutions.

According to Mike Battaion, vice president of technology development for M-Cubed, every electronics manufacturer that ships products directly or indirectly to Europe needs to be compliant with the new WEEE laws.

"For most electronics manufacturers, getting shut out of a particular European country for non-compliance can have a devastating financial impact. For the larger public companies, it can cause serious revenue unpredictability that will negatively impact stock price, and will require disclosure of risk to revenue under the Sarbanes-Oxley rules," Battaion said.

The RoHS deadline is seen as a catalyst that is driving wide scale enforcement in the European Union. WEEE is no longer just an EU issue as other countries are busily drafting, enacting and enforcing similar regulations.

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