An article in Photovoltaics World suggests that current proposed changes to RoHS could threaten the photovoltaics (PV) industry. PV manufacturing equipment is presently excluded from the scope of RoHS under the large-scale stationary industrial tool (LSIT) exclusion.
However, last October, the EU Parliament committee published a new RoHS recast draft proposal that would eliminate the LSIT exclusion that covers PV manufacturing equipment. The proposed change would also affect equipment used to manufacture ICs, LEDs and MEMs.
The article - by Heinz Kundert, president of SEMI’s PV Group in Europe - argues that losing the LSIT exclusion for PV manufacturing equipment is a serious issue that threatens the entire supply chain. The SEMI PV Group believes that semiconductor and PV manufacturing equipment should be excluded from RoHS.
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