Home
Global Supplier Directory
APPLIANCE Engineer
Supplier Solutions
APPLIANCE Line
Whitepaper Library
Calendar of Events
Association Locator
Contents Pages
Market Research
Subscription Center


 
Daily News

Eco-Laws May Hurt S. Korea’s Electronics Exports
Oct 5, 2004
 Printable format
 Email this Article
 Search

South Korea’s electronics and electrical products industry is concerned about a possible drop in exports as other global regions, particularly European Union (EU) member countries, are tightening environmental protection rules.

The eco-regulations most expected to hamper South Korean exports in the near future are the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive and the restriction of us of certain hazardous substances in the RoHS Directive, which will take effect July 1, 2006 in the EU.

Under the WEEE Directive, electronics goods producers have to set up systems for the treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment. The RoHS Directive restricts the use of six substances, such as lead, cadmium, and mercury, in a wide range of electrical and electronic products.

Electrical and electronics producers outside the EU must also comply with the WEEE and RoHS Directives if the equipment they produce is ultimately imported into an EU member state. Both directives cover more than 200,000 products, including South Korea’s key exports including cell phones, communication equipment, TV sets, air-conditioners, refrigerators, and personal computers.

Officials from South Korea’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (MOCIE) are concerned that local exporters aren’t doing enough to respond to other nations’ increased environmental regulations. According to the MOCIE, the electrical-electronics goods exports to the EU amount to $11.6 billion.

Besides the EU regulations, South Korea’s other two major exporting markets, China and the U.S., have adopted similar environmental legislation. Companies that may possibly experience a drop in imports are said to include South Korea’s two largest electrical and electronics producers, Samsung and LG Electric.

“The government and industry must firm up joint efforts to develop eco-friendly materials and technology in a bid to cope with environment trade barriers,” MOICE officials said. (The Korea Times)

Back to Daily News

 

Daily News

...........................................................

Oct 22, 2014: Middleby to add U-Line to residential appliance business

Oct 22, 2014: iRobot's 3Q exceeds expectations, driven by Home Robots growth

Oct 22, 2014: Whirlpool Canada named 2014 Energy Star Manufacturer of the Year

Oct 22, 2014: ACCA wants the HVAC manufacturers to develop open, universal communication protocols

Oct 22, 2014: IHA launches website to connect OEMs with consumers

More Daily News>>

RSS Feeds
.........................................................
Appliance Industry
Market Research

...........................................................

September 2014: Appliance Industry Focus: HVAC
June 2014: Appliance Magazine Market Insight: April 2014
May 2014: Appliance Magazine Market Insight: March 2014
April 2014: Appliance Magazine Market Insight: February 2014




 
Contact Us | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising | Home
UBM Canon © 2014  

Please visit these other UBM Canon sites

UBM Canon Corporate | Design News | Test & Measurement World | Packaging Digest | EDN | Qmed | Plastics Today | Powder Bulk Solids | Canon Trade Shows