Motherboard manufacturer ECS is launching their Green Competitive Advantage and Quality Plan to help meet the standards today for environmental protection. It's nice to see companies taking steps to produce products but at a more environmental friendly level. More companies should be getting into this as well soon if they aren't already. Click on the more link to see what steps they are taking to go through this process.
ECS Elitegroup Announces ECS Green Competitive Advantage and Quality Plan
-- The new plan is a part of the company’s continued commitment to protect the environment through its leadership role in the industry --
Fremont, CA (September 20, 2006) – Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS®), the world’s leading motherboard, barebone system and notebook manufacturer, today launched the ECS Green Competitive Advantage and Quality Plan to join its growing efforts to convert the manufacturing process to meet today’s new environmental protection standards. The focus of the ECS Elitegroup plan is to implement innovative green product designs, manufacturing processes and component control in order to ensure total compliance to the latest environmental regulations. Under this plan, ECS Elitegroup has established four non-toxic control processes which include non-toxic suppliers, non-toxic raw materials, non-toxic manufacturing process, and non-toxic products. In addition to obtaining European certification for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), RoHS Compliance and the eco-design requirements for Energy-using products (EuP), the new Green Competitive Advantage and Quality Plan will also allow ECS Elitegroup to be further certified for IECQ QC080000.
In response to the growing environmental concerns and the new green regulations and requirements, ECS Elitegroup has taken a leadership role to introduce innovative measures to eliminate the use of harmful materials and to introduce responsible waste recycling policies. ECS Elitegroup was one of the first manufacturers to launch the green product design concept which allows ECS Elitegroup to produce products free of harmful materials, and to enforce suppliers to comply with the green standards. The latest ECS Green Competitive Advantage and Quality Plan strengthens the commitment and minimizes any impact European-wide environmental regulations have on its business.
The ECS Green Competitive Advantage and Quality Plan adds competitive advantage to ECS Elitegroup by differentiating its products from the competition. From engineering and product design to the manufacturing process, the new plan puts ECS Elitegroup one step ahead of its competition with its innovative 4-stage process.
Stage 1: Non-toxic supply control: Starting with the product design, all components and raw materials must meet environmental rules. Meeting the goal of this stage also means all ECS Elitegroup products are RoHS compliant.
Stage 2: Non-toxic material control: All components and raw materials must pass internal non-toxic testing.
Stage 3: Non-toxic production: All production facilities such as tooling and soldering have to meet all environmental standards and pass regular inspections.
Stage 4: Non-toxic quality control: All finished goods must pass non-toxic quality testing.
In addition to the 4-stage process, the new plan allows ECS Elitegroup to meet the WEEE standard by producing products that disassemble and recycle easier. Continued efforts are also out into designing products that feature low-power consumption through ECS Elitegroup’ Life Cycle Management and Eco-profiles.
“Protecting the environment is an important part of ECS Elitegroup’ design and manufacturing process. The new Green Competitive Advantage and Quality Plan allows us to have documented control of the complicated process and to ensure complete compliance to the various environmental standards,” said Joe Chang, Director of Product Marketing at ECS Elitegroup, USA.