Most of the focus of RoHS-readiness has been on component suppliers. If the suppliers are RoHS compliant, the whole industry is compliant, right? Apparently not. Distribution executives have lately complained that some of the RoHS laggards are OEMs. A number of major and minor manufacturers will be scrambling this spring to get their products RoHS compliant.
The July 1, 2006 RoHS deadline includes all product in stock in Europe on that day. That means most companies will have to start delivering compliant products by March at the latest. That’s less than three months away.
Some skeptics believe it may take recalcitrant OEM executives a warning to get them to move. “When they see a cover story in ‘Business Week’ claiming that non-RoHS ready CEOs will face Sarbanes-Oxley charges, then maybe they’ll move,” said one distribution executive. In the meantime, distributors are bracing for a likely supply-chain crunch this spring when last-minute OEMs suddenly start their mad dash to get RoHS compliant.