Environmental management / RoHS


Mechafin AG products fully comply with the directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the council on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment issued June 8th 2011. Products from Mechafin AG do contain environmentally hazardous substances like lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium VI as well as polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE).


The basic of RoHS

The abbreviation RoHS (Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment) refers to the EC Directive 2002/95/EC on the prohibition of certain substances in the manufacture and processing of electrical and electronic equipment and components, and its implementation in national law.


The aim is to ban extremely problematic components from products in the course of the massive expansion of disposable electronics. This includes, among other things, enforcing lead-free soldering of electronic components, banning toxic flame retardants in the production of cables and strengthening the introduction of corresponding substitute products. Furthermore, the parts and components used must themselves be free of such substances.


This has a direct impact on the companies involved, such as importers, individual companies (including small hardware companies) or shops and retail chains, and consequently ultimately also on the consumer.


Common toxic substances in electronics are considered highly hazardous to the environment. Some of them escape from landfills into nature, are poorly degradable and therefore accumulate in the natural cycle. These substances are to be banned from products by RoHS. The following are affected


1. lead

2. mercury

3. cadmium

4. hexavalent chromium

5. polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)

6. polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)


According to the original directive, these substances were in principle not allowed to be contained in products. Since this requirement would not have been feasible in terms of production technology and could also not have been analytically detected, concrete limit values for the homogeneous materials contained in the product were defined in an amendment to the directive of 18 August 2005:


* a maximum of 0.01 percent by weight of cadmium

* a maximum of 0.1 percent by weight each of lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, PBB and PBDE.