Reaching REACH Compliance
By now, you're probably familiar with RoHS Compliance. But are you aware of the
implications of the European Union's (EU) newer initiative, REACH? REACH stands
for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals, and it's
taking a serious look at many potentially harmful substances that are used in manufacturing.
REACH will affect any manufacturer who does business with European markets, either
import or export, and could eventually lead to the banning of as many as 3,000 chemicals.
Specifically, this directive targets what's known as SVHCs - Substances of Very
High Concern, including CMRs. The primary list of restricted substances, released
in October 2008, contains 15 items, but is expected to grow considerably in the
years to come. Click here for the first list.
This means that manufacturers must carefully inspect any substances that are used
in or released by their products and the products of their suppliers and customers.
Failure to comply with REACH standards can result in your product being banned from
sale in Europe.
In designing REACH, the EU is hoping to standardize into one directive all of the
currently separate regulations that exist across the continent. It is also placing
the responsibility of product safety, both for health and the environment, on individual
What can you do? To start, take stock of all of the substances and chemicals used
in your company's production process and determine which ones, if any, are potentially
hazardous. Begin to research and consider alternatives if necessary, and keep an
eye on the continually-updating list of banned substances. If you use a chemical
that isn't yet restricted but is questionable, it will probably find its way to
the banned list in the future.
As always, Allied Wire will help by providing our customers with relevant information
and by stocking only the highest-quality products. Click for more detailed information
Allied Welcomes Experienced Sales Rep in Texas: Dana Eaton
Dana Eaton, an accomplished figure in the wire and cable industry, has recently
joined Allied Wire & Cable as a sales representative based in Rowlett, Texas, which
is near Dallas. Eaton comes to AWC from Service Electric. His addition to the team
contributes to a growing company presence for Allied Wire in the Southwestern part
of the country.
Eaton brings to Allied more than 20 years of experience in the wire and cable industry.
His background of managing both inside and outside sales includes experience with
military cable, appliance lead wire, tubing, connectors, wire harnesses, and cable
assemblies. He has worked for Interstate Wire, World Class Wire & Cable, and most
recently, Service Electric.
"I'm very exited about working with a great and respected company like Allied Wire
and Cable," says Eaton. "Their management philosophy, great sales team, large inventory,
and production people with a 'customer service attitude' were all keys in my decision
to join the team. I look forward to combining Allied's great products and services
with my knowledge of Texas and the southwest markets to provide the best solutions
for our customers' needs."
Dana can be reached by phone at 972-475-9457 or by fax at 972-475-9678.
Please visit our key people page to learn more about the members of our sales team.
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