TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Announces Compliance with RoHS Directive
Company Advances Sustainability Goals
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- June 10, 2013
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today announced that the majority of its
electronic test and measurement products are now designed for compliance with
the European Union’s restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substances
in electrical and electronic equipment.
Commonly referred to as RoHS, the European directive bans the sale of
equipment containing more than the agreed level of lead, mercury, cadmium and
other substances. The majority of Agilent products come into the scope of the
directive in 2017. The company’s multi-year effort to design compliant
products has involved substantial investment in research and development as
well as extensive process and production re-engineering.
Agilent’s RoHS effort emphasizes its commitment to pursue the most advanced
strategies for adhering to current and emerging restricted materials
regulations. Agilent used the RoHS compliance effort as a catalyst for overall
sustainability and reliability improvements throughout the design,
supply-chain and manufacturing process.
“We are committed to sustainability in our products and the processes used to
create them,” said Eric Taylor, vice president of Customer Experience &
Quality in Agilent’s Electronic Measurements Group. “We wanted to not only
meet RoHS requirements but to meet them ahead of schedule. Incorporating
breakthrough technologies such as lead-free design, we were driven to succeed
because the safety of our customers and minimizing our ecological footprint
are high priorities.”
Agilent recently replaced its standard one-year warranty with the introduction
of a standard three-year warranty on most of its electronic test products,
further underscoring its commitment to environmental and product
sustainability and its dedication to reducing toxic waste. Agilent takes its
commitment a step further by offering to take back any product when it is no
longer needed, to ensure that it is properly recycled.
In the process of eliminating harmful and resource-depleting chemicals and
materials, Agilent invested heavily in research for alternative materials and
methods to be used in its products. The combination of extensive research and
the new warranty program provides assurance to customers that products will
continue to meet or exceed a high degree of reliability.
The RoHS directive is closely linked with the Waste Electrical and Electronic
Equipment Directive, which sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for
electrical goods and is part of a legislative initiative to solve the problem
of huge amounts of toxic e-waste.Restricted or eliminated substances include
lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, and
polybrominated diphenyl ether.
Additional information about Agilent’s commitment to RoHS is available at
www.agilent.com/find/RoHS. Country- and region-specific information about the
Agilent warranty program can be found online at
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company
and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics,
electronics and communications. The company’s 20,500 employees serve customers
in more than 100 countries. Agilent had revenues of $6.9 billion in fiscal
2012. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.
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