It seems one constant challenge facing the supply chain and the manufacturing of electronics is sustainability, and of course environmental stewardship. Getting the design of the supply chain right at the start is key to success as is communications and collaboration up and down that supply chain.
Who better to chair a discussion on this topic than senior tech-sustainability consultant at Antea Group & CEO of Technology Forecasters, author, columnist and much more, Pamela J. Gordon. Gordon is joined on the panel by two guests with plenty of experience and insight. Marjorie P. Garcia is worldwide environmental compliance program manager at HP, and Rachael Relph, environmental sustainability program manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific.
The panel, which gathered at IPC’s APEX 2018, starts by exploring the eco-design areas in which their respective companies and teams have excelled. Highlights at HP include recycling billions of printer cartridges and being three years ahead of a new RoHS substance-restriction deadline. At Thermo Fisher, eco-design is considered an extension of the company’s mission to enable customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Both companies embed eco-design not only in products, but also in packaging and consumable materials.
The panelists go on to share their expectations of the future as well and provide insight and advice for anyone embarking on weaving eco-design into their supply chains. Part of their advice is to leverage the eco-design progress of suppliers that are ahead of the curve, and to support lagging suppliers with firm expectations and a catch-up deadline.
The panelists’ companies are large, and use different supply-chain models among their business units and product categories. A key takeaway from the panel is that no matter the mix of internal and outsourced manufacturing, a product company can make swift, leadership-level progress in eco-design.
Filmed on location in San Diego at the SCOOP studio wth sponsorship of Aegis Software, Cogiscan, Fuji America, Jabil, KIC, Koh Young and Radius Innovation.