The advent of the RoHS legislation which is due to come effect from 1st July 2006 has caused a lot of electronics manufacturing companies and electronic component suppliers to review their product and service offerings. pcb assembly One such company is Ultra Electronics CEMS, the Dorset based electronic manufacturing services provider. Ultra CEMS manufactures products on behalf of their clients and has customers who are currently exempt from the current legislation as well as clients who are directly affected by the RoHS legislation.
John Dean, Sales Manager at Ultra CEMS states, pcba china “We are working with all of our clients at present to aid the transition to RoHS compliant components and products. We are advising even those companies who are currently exempt from the new legislation to review their component engineering strategy now as we believe these companies will be affected sooner rather than later as component manufacturers gradually transition their whole product range to RoHS compliant product in order to reduce their costs.
It is our belief that certain packages will shortly only be available in a RoHS PCB Assembly compliant form so it would be better to manage the change now rather have if enforced later. Even if component manufacturers continue to support non-RoHS compliant parts for the Defence, Aerospace sectors etc it is highly likely that the unit prices of these components will increase to reflect the lower volumes required. This is clearly something that will need to be considered in product costing/design reviews.