Good choice of words. Yes, it is a level playing field. Everyone has to meet the same requirements as in the CE marking requisites. With all the environmental legislation being introduced and maintained, the enforcement becomes a critical issue. With the responsibility to anticipate and fund all the recycling cost being shifted to the producer or agent of the product, the EU has made a brilliant move in reducing their own cost burden, and imagine the benefits derived from every qualifying product having at a minimum 55% of the component material as classified, "recyclable". How this plays into the counterfeit electronic parts supply chain invasion, will be worth watching in itself. If you can reuse a microprocessor, is that considered, "recycled" material? Should there be a marking on recycled components like we have for recycled paper? This raises a lot of sticky wicket questions...What do you think?
A lot of good facts here. What is the level of industry involvement in developing these standards?
I know industrial standards bodies are sometimes dominated by major players in the industry who skew the rules to their advantage. Are there indications of that giong on in this area or is it more or less a level playing field?
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.