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Published on 12/3/2008

AWC eUpdate Newsletter December 2008

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. 

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 manufacturers.

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. 



Allied Welcomes Experienced Sales Rep in Texas: Dana Eaton

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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