DECEMBER 1--As part of its commitment to its strategic international customers and to the preservation of the global environment, DALSA (Ontario, Canada) will phase out the use of certain hazardous substances identified in the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive 2002/95/EC by April 1, 2006. The RoHS directive limits the use of certain hazardous substances currently used in electrical and electronic-equipment manufacture, including lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and halide-containing compounds PBB (polybrominated biphenyl) and PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ether). Elimination of these substances will result in more environmentally-friendly recycling and incineration of electronic equipment.
Beginning in 2005, all new DALSA products will be designed to be ROHS-compliant. Customer demand and technical feasibility will determine which existing products will be adapted to meet the directive and when such adaptations will occur. Information will be published on DALSA's web site as it becomes available. The final list of RoHS-compliant products and their market introduction dates will be available June 1, 2005. For more information on specific products' compliance, see www.dalsa.com.