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Global Electronic Device Market Drivers

SpecialChem / Jan 4, 2007

Two four-letter abbreviations WEEE and RoHS are becoming common vernacular to anyone in the E/E supply chain. They are acronyms for two European Union (EU) environmental directives that directly impact electrical and electronic equipment with enormous impact both on the development of plastic materials used in the production of E/E devices and how these devices are manufactured. As the WEEE directive cannot eradicate all E/E devices from landfill, the role of the EU directive on the Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) is to reduce harmful substances at source, ensuring that hazardous materials that are poisonous, or can cause cancer or allergies, are not leached into the environment from electronic devices that inevitably fail to be recycled. As convergence of the computer, consumer electronics, and telecom industries blur the lines between information, entertainment and communication, electronic devices are growing increasingly crowded with the numerous functions added.

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