A survey conducted by Evertiq, a Swedish-based newsite for the electronics industry, shows that 65 percent of companies in the electronics industry say they have reached "total compliance and are already shipping RoHS compliant products." Close to 15 percent of respondents said they are exempt from RoHS laws, while 15 percent noted they are still not RoHS-compliant. Another 7 percent indicated they have reached compliance in their processes, but have not yet started shipping compliant products. A surprising 15 percent of companies said they are not well-informed about the RoHS directive.
Half of the companies responding were EMS providers, while 21 percent were printed-circuit board suppliers, and 15 percent were OEMs.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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