A recent article in Design News sister publication, the UK-based Electronics Weekly, reports that business among contract manufacturers has increased in the past six months as companies prepare to deliver RoHS-compliant product into Europe before the July 1 RoHS deadline. Editor Richard Wilson quotes a number of marketing executives who are seeing a rush to get compliant product on the shelf before July.
The pre-RoHS mini-boom seems to be across the board, with increases in business noted by those in test equipment, printed circuit boards, component suppliers and contract manufacturers.
On the United States side of the electronics market, the rush to RoHS is not as pronounced. Distributors in North America have noted they are surprised by the lack of high demand for compliant components. Distribution executives say there is still considerable demand for non-compliant parts.