Tracking Calif. Consumer Products Proposal

On Halloween, the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) issued its long-awaited informal draft revision of the Safer Consumer Products regulation. After reading it and discussing it with the DTSC, representatives of the chemical industry at the 2011 Statewide Environmental Summit in San Diego on November 9, and fellow members of the Green Ribbon…

‘Tis the Season…

Right around this time every year, I make a promise to myself that I will invest in LED Christmas lights. This is the third year I've blown my promise. Three years ago, a 200-bulb string of LEDs approached the $50 mark. This year, pre-Black Friday, the same strand was closer to $29. Still I hesitate.…

Germany’s Nuclear Power Predicament

A couple of months after Japan's earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster, Germany made headlines by announcing plans to pull the plug on its dependence on nuclear energy. The country said that eight plants would go dark immediately, and that the remaining nine would be shuttered by 2022. The Fukushima crisis in March was enough to tip the political…

Five Trends to Watch in 2012

An annual consumer electronics technology trend-watch for 2012 holds few surprises. “Consumer electronics are driving technological change” is the gist of the press release, but there are a few items worth highlighting for the electronics industry. The first trend from the survey, conducted by {complink 5926|Verizon Communications Inc.}, is worth skipping. It says technology is…

Arrow Offering Linear Leaded Products

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Arrow Electronics Inc. (NYSE: ARW) has agreed to carry all quantities of lead (Pb)-based products from Linear Technology Corporation. This ensures efficient delivery of Linear products to customers worldwide who require a lead (Pb)-based solder option and complements Linear’s broad line of lead-free products. “Drawing from the strength and scalability of our…

The Future of the Supply Chain

When Shakespeare wrote “All the world's a stage,” he couldn't have imagined the electronics supply chain. For better or worse, electronics is a global business that relies on complex relationships to work. In the past year, the supply chain has had more than its share of challenges, starting with the March disaster in Japan. And…

Future Electronics Launches Energy-Specific Site

MONTREAL — Future Energy Solutions, a division of Future Electronics, is pleased to announce the launch of the first comprehensive energy specific website, connecting the rapidly growing alternative energy market with innovative electronics component solutions – www.FutureEnergySolutions.com. “Future Electronics spearheaded the early adoption of high powered LEDs thanks to the dedication of our business division,…

Making ‘Epeat’ a Household Name

Our friends at Epeat Inc. in Portland this week released their 2010 annual report detailing the progress the electronics industry is making to produce more environmentally responsible products. The products (including notebooks, desktops, and monitors) purchased in 2010 that met Epeat's criteria will, in the words of the report: Reduce use of primary materials by…

Software Tools Required for Global Product Rules

Legislation limiting harmful substances in electronics is spreading worldwide, and manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors of electrical and electronic equipment are feeling the effects. We now have Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) laws in the European Union, Japan, China, Korea, and California. We have Proposition 65 legislation in California. We have formaldehyde limits on wood products.…