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Mr. Robert Straetz

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CHE-WA Weekly Bulletin, 11 July 2006 [cached]
"It has caused electronics companies to spend a lot of money to make sure all of their suppliers, parts and materials are RoHS compliant and there is all sort of documentation that has to be done," said Robert Straetz, international trade specialist the Office of the European Union, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Straetz said "companies are going to have to go over to this [RoHS compliance] anyway" because China has a similar directive that will go into effect on Jan. 1, and "even our own state of California" will enforce such a rule starting March 1. Japan, Argentina and several other U.S. states are also considering similar legislation. "Manufacturers are not going to make a separate line of products for three large markets like that and another line for everyone else," Straetz said.
CE MARK PROGRAM, 18 Sept 1997 [cached]
Robert Straetz, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce
Electronic Session: Directives Overview
Robert Straetz, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce
The CE Mark is like a passport as it allows a product to be sold anywhere in Europe.It forces companies to make design changes, which results in major improvements.It's main aim is to ensure health and safety standard in the European Market.The CE Mark is expected to cover 50% of U.S. exports by the year 2000.General information about the European Union can be found at I'm Europe and Europa web sites.
Mr. Robert ..., 13 Nov 2012 [cached]
Mr. Robert Straetz European Union (EU) Specialist International Trade Administration Department of Commerce
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EU Soliciting Comments for Possible CE Mark Revisions - Circuits Assembly, 19 July 2006 [cached]
The U.S. Department of Commerce plans on submitting comments and encourages affected companies to do the same, said Bob Straetz of the Commerce Department's Office of the European Union.
KnoxNews: Business [cached]
Robert Straetz of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of EU Affairs in Washington, D.C., spoke to about 20 businesses Monday at a trade seminar held in the University Center on the University of Tennessee campus.
"Environmental issues have come to the forefront," Straetz said."There's a concern about hazardous substances in products."
The EU allows "no risk" when it comes to the amount of substances electrical equipment and electronic products can contain, unlike the United States, which allows "little risk," Straetz said.
Substances to be limited include lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium and cadmium.
Limiting those substances can be a problem for some companies because the substances may be instrumental to the manufacturing process.
For example, lead is necessary to solder some products.Now, Straetz said, those companies may have to spend research money to find a substance to replace lead.
ROHS applies to large and small household appliances that are electrical or electronic, such as telecommunications, consumer products, lighting equipment (including light bulbs), tools, toys, leisure and sports products, and automatic dispensers.
The ROHS directive is effective July 1, 2006.
The WEEE directive, effective Aug. 13, requires companies to affix a WEEE insignia on their products because the EU "doesn't want any unmarked products floating around Europe," Straetz said.
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