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Lead-Free Soldering: Successful Rutronik Seminar Series Sweeps Europe

Ispringen, (PresseBox) - New EU directives governing the production and sale of lead-free end-products present the electronics industry as a whole with new challenges. All manufacturing and production proc-esses must adopt lead-free methods as of July 2006 at the latest. Rutronik GmbH, one of Europe's largest electronic component distributors, organized a highly successful seminar series on Lead-Free Soldering at venues throughout Germany as early as the start of March 2004. These events proved to fulfil an enormous need for information and met with an overwhelming response, encouraging the company to take the seminars further afield throughout Europe from May 2004: 18.5. in Zurich, 7.6. in Madrid, 9.6. in England, 21.6. in Paris and 23.6. in Lyon.

New Solutions for New Challenges

2000/53/EG, 2002/96/EG (WEEE) and 2002/95/EG – three EU directives that are confronting an entire industry with the need to review and revise its methods. As of July 1, 2006, the use of lead, cadmium and mercury, hexavalent chrome and bromide-containing flame retardants is prohibited in electronic end-products. Time is running out if manufacturing and processing companies in the electronics industry are to adapt or switch their processes. And it's high time for the industry as a whole to address this contentious topic and the frequently underestimated consequences it entails, as Thomas Rudel, Rutronik's Head of Sales and Managing Director stresses : "Many companies have adopted a "wait and see" attitude, an extremely dangerous course of behaviour. The prohibition of lead-containing substances may involve the purchase of new machinery and a complete overhaul of production processes." It is not difficult to imagine the effects of this upheaval on companies' productivity and competitiveness.

Promoting Communication, Transferring Expertise

Rutronik's seminars are aimed at eliminating the danger of worst-case scenarios like this in advance, by stressing widespread communication and unfiltered transfer of know-how from the outset: "We supply targeted information and trigger awareness of specific topics, share scientific and technological expertise and give valuable practical advice on implementing concrete process redesigns", explains Rudel. The benefits to participants in the Rutronik seminars are clear – as clear as Rutronik's objective of building up this highly successful platform for communication and furthering its targeted expansion. "As one of Europe's leading distributors, we play a key role as intermediary in various capacities, and also hold enormous responsibility for our partners and customers' business success. Organizing the seminars is one way of embracing this responsibility, and expanding this platform, which unites the industry as a whole, is another", states Ernst Gengenbach, Head of the Passive Components Division at Rutronik.

The first steps along this uncompromisingly customer-oriented road have already been taken. Throughout May and June, Rutronik is offering its European partners and customers five opportunities to find out more about the controversial topic of "Lead-Free Soldering" at events on their doorstep. The precise locations of the events in Zurich, Madrid, England, Lyon and Paris will be announced shortly on the company's website (

RUTRONIK Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH

Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH ist einer der führenden europäischen Breitband-Distributoren für Halbleiter, passive und elektromechanische Bauelemente sowie Displays & Embedded Boards und Wireless Produkte. Speicherkomponenten stehen über das Tochterunternehmen Discomp ebenfalls im Angebot. Zielmärkte sind vorrangig Automobil-, Telekommunikations-, Konsumgüterindustrie und Industrieelektronik. Umfassende Serviceleistungen, kompetente Know-how-Transfers bei Produktentwicklungs- und Designfragen sowie Logistik- und Supply Chain Management Lösungen ergänzen das kunden- und zukunftsorientierte Leistungsspektrum. Das 1973 von Helmut Rudel in Ispringen/Deutschland gegründete Unternehmen beschäftigt europaweit mehr als 1.200 Mitarbeiter und erzielte im Geschäftsjahr 2007 einen Umsatz von 565 Mio. Euro in der Gruppe.

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