Acer supports ban of BFRs and PVC in RoHS revision

Acer, one of the world's leading computer manufacturers, launches strong position paper to support the proposals for restrictions for PVC and Brominated Flame Retardant substances in the RoHS revision. Acer particularly supports Amendments 29, 31 and 71 of Jill EVANs' report.

In the position paper, sent to Members of the European Parliament in the Environment Committee yesterday, Acer states:

"Without having mandatory bans on the use of organo-Cl/Br-substances, which is envisioned in the revised RoHS Directive proposal, the introduction of PVC/BFRs-free products will be delayed in the market."

Acer has been striving to reach the target of prohibiting the use of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), BFRs (brominated flame retardants) and phthalates in all products since 2005.

"Acer has acknowledged the negative impact of PVC/BFRs in the end of life phase of electronic products and is trying to phase out the use of these chemicals and materials in a cost-efficient manner. Although technologies were ready for a total phasing in of PVC/BFRs-free models in 2009, most key component suppliers delayed as the market and the other major brand companies extended their schedule for phasing in PVC/BFR-free products. This market trend has interrupted Acer's commitments to phase in PVC/BFRs-free products. Acer is still trying to increase PVC/BFRs-free products quarter-by-quarter within business tolerance.

Acer believes that the revision of the RoHS Directive in a stricter manner is necessary, i.e., the restriction of PVC and BFRs at least for categories 3 and 4 by 2014/5. When such a regulation is expected, the supply chain and the market will move quicker toward organo-Cl/Br free materials and components."

Acer’s Position on Organo-Cl/Br-free and the RoHS Revision

Jill Evans report on the recast of the RoHS Directive

Read more about the recast of the RoHS Directive and the ChemSec position