SEMI, the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries, is fighting a recent recommendation that would eliminate the exclusion of semiconductor and photovoltaic manufacturing equipment (SPME) from the RoHS directive.
According to an article in the Swedish website Evertiq, a commission responsible to the EU Parliament proposed last October that the LSIT exclusion (which includes SPME) be eliminated.
SEMI argues the that exclusion should be continued for two reasons: 1. There’s no significant environmental risk from SPME, and 2. The move would reduce the competitiveness of the European semiconductor and PV industries.