EU, the directive (RoHS directive) on limiting the use of harmful substances in
electric/electronic equipment (TV, washing machine, PC, copying machine,
vending machine, etc.) was put into effect as from February 13, 2003. This
directive sets forth that electric/electronic equipment to be put on the market
as from July 1, 2006 shall not contain harmful substances, such as lead, mercury,
cadmium, hexavalent chromium compound, PBB and PBDE.
group decided not to use any harmful substances in its products as from January
1, 2006 and has been actively working on the development of new techniques and
the design/procurement of alternative products, except items that vendors
cannot be cope with and no alternative products are available.