Portwell is taking an active role in protecting the environment through its compliance with industry and legislation regarding the restriction on use of Lead and other hazardous substances. As a major Mission-Critical Application Platform Provider, Portwell partners with industry suppliers, a critical part of our supply chain, who share the company's commitment to the environment.
As part of this effort, Portwell is progressively offering devices that are Lead-free and considered to be "green" in compliance with Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation defined by the European Union's (EU) Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive. This includes the restriction of Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, Polybrominated Biphenyl (PBBs) and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PDBEs).
Started in July, 2004, Portwell has involved in transiting to Lead-free is a massive effort with numerous challenges. They are aligned with various industry peers and suppliers to clarify standards and processes to eliminate lead. In fact, since May 2005, Portwell has been recognized by Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs , R.O.C. to be a proactive industry leader that was the first one with fully government funding to implement the cleaner production project among all our competitors, furthermore, working closely with industry consortia to go through WEEE and RoHS transformation. It is certainly sure that Portwell is not only having the best administration, R&D team and production process but also fastidious commitment to quality. In addition to that, the green supply chain has been built up at Portwell to come up with green product that can be met the qualification and requirement.
The availability of Lead-free product will begin in Q3, 2005 based on order requirements and material availability. Customers may consult their sales representatives if they have specific requirements.
Portwell RoHS compliance schedule
Stage 1: Purchase Lead-free equipment and identify Lead-free part number, August, 2004
Stage 2: Lead-less sample run, September, 2004
Stage 3: Pilot run, February, 2005
Stage 4: Purchase XRF inspection equipment and 95 percent of the Lead-free components and materials used, August, 2005