SOURCE: CMTC

August 22, 2006 13:03 ET

CMTC Prepares Southern California Companies for RoHS Compliance in 2007

TORRANCE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 22, 2006 -- Global companies found out a month ago that if they want to do business in the new European Union (E.U.) then they need to offer customers solutions that address the new Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. The directive went into effect across Europe on July 1, 2006.

The EU directive represents the initial wave of RoHS implementation. Restrictions on the use of chemicals such as lead and mercury will soon take hold in China, Japan, Korea, Argentina, Canada and even specific states in the U.S. (California, most notably).

In response to the implementation of the new RoHS standards locally and internationally, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) has teamed with the Goodbye Chain Group to present two seminars to provide Southern California companies with the fastest, most affordable and most comprehensive compliance solutions.

The seminars will be held in San Diego and Burbank, respectively. Details are as follows:

          September 19, 2006             September 20, 2006
              10am - 3pm                     10am - 3pm
       Holiday Inn Mission Valley      Burbank Airport Hilton
         3805 Murphy Canyon Road          2500 Hollywood Way
             San Diego, CA                   Burbank, CA
               Cost: $89                      Cost: $89
Lunch is included in the registration cost. For further details or to register for either seminar contact Sunny Lopez at (310) 263-3009. Due to the demand for RoHS training, CMTC will not be able to accept same day registration. Interested parties are urged to register early to ensure a spot in these seminars.

Why is RoHS compliance so important? Manufacturers are being asked by the markets they serve to provide documentation proving that all components in the product, as well as the manufacturing process, are compliant. This documentation process is where many manufacturers will fall short in trying to meet RoHS regulations.

This means that a manufacturer must track the procurement and purchasing of components, and prove they are buying specified compliant parts. Purchasing records must show that they specified a certain part to meet RoHS regulations, and these records must also show that the correct part was received and used.

RoHS was created to limit harm to the environment and human health by restricting the use of harmful substances in electrical and electronic equipment. In California, effective on January 1, 2007, RoHS will restrict the use of six substances: cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers and lead.

Space at each seminar is limited. Interested parties are urged to register today to reserve your spot for this vital RoHS training.

ABOUT CALIFORNIA MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING

A private, nonprofit corporation, CMTC was established in 1992 to provide high value consulting services to California's high tech and traditional small and medium-size manufacturer to increase their competitive advantage through improved methods of management and manufacturing. Today, through its seven regional teams, CMTC provides consulting services in the practice areas of Strategic Business, Lean Enterprise, Information Technology, Quality and Supply Chain Management. CMTC's regional teams cover Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, Orange County, Ventura/Santa Barbara County, the San Fernando/San Gabriel Valley, the San Joaquin Valley and San Diego/Imperial County. For more information, visit www.cmtc.com.

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