Solar Market: Twilight or New Dawn?

Will the solar power market ever hit prime time? This question continues to haunt the industry. Players worry that, despite the obvious utility of solar power to all segments of the global economy, the market has yet to live up to the expectations of many corporate executives, governments, and environmentalists. There have certainly been many…

How Sustainability Practices Can Differentiate Your Business

In addition to the pressure on electronics manufacturers to maximize margins, remain agile, and improve lean inventory management, there are simultaneous demands to improve sustainability through green initiatives that couple environmental awareness and responsibility with market and financial success. The opportunity for new, creative solutions to maximize traditional business goals, increase profitability, and improve environmental…

Mouser Electronics Takes Lead in Environmental Sustainability

DALLAS & FORT WORTH, Texas — Mouser Electronics, Inc., regarded as a top design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, today underscores its commitment to responsible environmental practices. Mouser stocks an expansive inventory of the industry’s latest green technologies, including leading-edge solar, thermal and RF-based energy harvesting products and ultra-low power…

REACH Scrubbing? Try Total Parts Plus

Achieving compliance with the EU's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemical Substances regulation, otherwise known as REACH, can be onerous, but harried electronics equipment makers and suppliers can more easily scale this hurdle by partnering with companies specialized in components verifications and scrubbing. One of these is Total Parts Plus (TPP), a Florida-based company…

Avnet Launches After-Market Services Business

As the electronics industry increases its commitment to the environment, businesses and consumers are looking for cradle-to-grave management of products. After-market handling — repair, return, disposal, and recycling — has largely been left to a highly fragmented set of companies that may or may not be familiar with the electronics supply chain. {complink 577|Avnet Inc.},…

Mineral Dispute Keeps Factories in China

A move by three parties to curb quotas on rare earth elements (REEs) may have an unintended consequence: It could force foreign factories into China. On Tuesday, the US, Japan, and the EU filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) in an effort to force China to export more REEs, which are used…

Green Data Exchange Reaches Milestone

LOS ALTOS, Calif. — Q Point Technology, a leading provider of environmental compliance solutions, today announced that content in Green Data Exchange (GDX) now exceeds 1 million items. GDX users have access to the entire repository of shared parts and assemblies. Data includes RoHS, REACH, full substance disclosure, and supporting documentation, such as test reports…

REACH, RoHS, EOL, PCN Resources & Services, Part 1

Last week I interviewed Cliff Frescura of EEContent.com. Cliff and his team have contributed to the success of leading companies such as IHS, PCNAlert, i2 Technologies, and TACTech. Among other things, they provide product change and obsolescence management expertise to top OEMs, electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers, and component manufacturers. Now, the company has added…