From Mallory Sonalert Products, Inc.
Even though the RoHS European
deadline of July 1, 2006 has passed,
many U.S. companies and even entire
industries still do not know or care what
RoHS means (see the RoHS primer at
the end of this article for an introduction
to RoHS). While there are numerous
U.S. based companies that can typically
ignore the various edicts that
periodically come out of Europe as their
entire customer base is in the U.S., these
companies will not be able to ignore
RoHS too much longer because there are
several U.S. states that are considering
RoHS-like proposals. Once individual
states (such as influential California)
start adopting RoHS type requirements,
large Distributors and OEM's will
mostly likely require that all their
vendors supply only RoHS compliant
product, as they will not want to have to
segregate inventory or production based
on which U.S. state their customers are
geographically located in.
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