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UK -- SOLDERTEC offers surface mount engineers (SMEs) an opportunity to prepare for the upcoming European RHS Directive, which sets July 2006 as the deadline for many electronic products to be lead-free.
SOLDERTEC is currently working in two European initiatives to raise awareness of the issue amongst SMEs.There is an opportunity for SMEs to sign up today with one of these initiatives and obtain first-class expertise on converting to lead-free technology.The first EU project, coordinated by trade association Abelia in Norway, is called GREENROSE and is currently at the proposal stage. If this project is approved it will commence in early 2004. The lead-free technology message will be spread through trade associations and chambers of commerce across Europe. The aim of the project is to distribute information to SMEs through seminars, CD-ROMs and booklets, and to set up "Virtual Academies" for access to research facilities and training. In order to compile this package, input is needed from SMEs. The second European initiative, coordinated by Dutch SME Axtron, is called "LFS for SMEs" which will begin this March and will last two years. The acronym stands for "Lead-Free Soldering for European SMEs" and will focus on three different types of soldering: manual, condensation and laser. At the end of this year production guidelines and manuals will be published and the information will be passed on in training courses, seminars and information packs.SOLDERTEC offers many services to companies including access to leading edge, lead-free research and information. Companies can consult SOLDERTEC's technical experts for advice on lead free soldering. For more information, visit www.lead-free.org.