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Berk-Tek cable products comply to RoHS/WEEE Initiative

Copper and fiber optic cabling technology vendor Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company, announced today that all of its optica...


July 7, 2006  


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Copper and fiber optic cabling technology vendor Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company, announced today that all of its optical fiber and copper cable products manufactured in its Fuquay-Varina, N.C., and New Holland, Pa. facilities are fully compliant with the RoHS (Restriction of the use of Hazardous Substances) directive requirements.

The directive bans any new electrical and electronic equipment product marketed within the EU (European Union) that contains more than specified trace levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium and polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) starting July 1.

It is also associated with the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) initiative that sets minimum levels for recovery, reuse and recycling of 10 categories of products including telecom equipment, which will go into effect December 31 of this year.

The RoHS Directive aims to protect human health and the environment through the restricted use of certain hazardous substances.

It sets Maximum Concentration Values (MCV), which apply to “homogenous material,” defined as a material that cannot be mechanically separated.

This distinction is critical for manufactures to provide “due diligence” in their efforts towards RoHS compliance, Berk-Tek said in a statement.