EU directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS)
This EU Directive regulates the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment in the EU Member States. Together with EU Directive 2002/96/EC, which regulates the marketing and disposal of electrical and electronic equipment, it has been implemented in Germany in the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG - Elektro- und Elektronikgesetz).
- EU directive 2002/95/EC: RoHS = Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances
- EU directive 2002/96/EC: WEEE = Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
As a result of uncertainty as to how the law can be applied, blanket RoHS compliance is often demanded. Interpreted wrongly, these EU Directives have a detrimental effect on the competitiveness of European companies. The VDMA has drawn up a policy paper on RoHS and WEEE, which is also followed by Festo. This paper explains the implications of RoHS and WEEE for the capital goods industry.
Festo, too, is changing selected products over to RoHS-compliant materials.
Around 2,000 Festo products are already made from RoHS-compliant materials today. On request, the electronics production department can produce RoHS-compliant printed circuit boards in lead-free soldering plants.