Flexibility is the focus of the new ElektroG3, which came into force at the beginning of 2022. It is based on a national law initiative, which allows an addition of further changes on EU level, so necessary. The FBDi Verband reminds of some transitional arrangements that will apply from January 1, 2023.
While incoming orders continue to normalize, sales of components distributors (according to FBDi e.V.) benefit from a strong summer quarter with 44% growth. Inflation and the weak euro contribute to surge.
With a large majority, the EU Parliament adopted the Council position on the new EU Battery Regulation, which is to replace the previous EU Battery Directive of 2006. The regulation is intended to ensure a more sustainable use of batteries throughout the EU and for the first time focuses on the entire life cycle of batteries.
The new Battery Regulation (BattVO) planned for 1.1.2022, which will apply directly to all EU member states, is still in the voting process, will probably finalizedin the first half of 2022. Until then the BattG2 Act on the placing on the market, return and environment-friendly disposal of batteries and accumulators (Battery Act 2), which came into force on 1.1.2021, still remains valid. Read here about obligations.
Since 18.11.2021 the harmonized standard EN IEC 63000:2018 replaces the European standard DIN EN 50581:2012 and supports the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (with exemptions). This aims to address various applicable restricted substances regulation worldwide while ensuring the same approach from manufacturers everywhere. The new standard also updates the normative reference in EN 50581:2012.
German components distribution (according to FBDi e.V.) reports a 17.5% increase in sales and anincrease in incoming orders of 132% in the second quarter of 2021. Components shortage prevents better result.
As of July, the REACh candidate list now comprises 219 SVHCs or 'Substances of Very High Concern' with regard to human health or the environment. The FBDi association expressly points out: Companies must comply with legal obligations and ensure the safe use of these chemicals.
On 16 July 2021 the time has come - then the new 'Market Surveillance Regulation' comes into force. This means that only those products may be placed on the market that are safe and comply with the European regulations concerning product design, i.e. that are EU-compliant. There is the possibility of drastic measures for market players who continue to distribute unsafe products.
As with distribution, the best fit is important in the 'Mittelstand' consisting of SMEs, where the partners react flexibly to every need and coordinate the business model individually - provided there is mutual trust.
By 2025, the European market for electronic components is forecast to have a volume of about 33.4 billion euros. Considering that the distribution - the majority of whose members belong to small and medium-sized enterprises - occupies one third of this, strong partnerships should really gain more weight, says Andreas Falke, Managing Director of the FBDi Association.
German components distribution (according to FBDi e.V.) records almost 50% increase in order intake in the first quarter of 2021. Sales still slightly down at -6.1%. Components shortage prevents better result.
Distributors who despair of REACh and RoHS, SCIP, ECO design, waste and PoP or 8D reports are in good hands with the FBDi association - especially now, when COVID-19 makes day-to-day business more complex, good advice is often needed. This is exactly why AL-Elektronik Distribution GmbH now also relies on the FBDi platform.
Europe's share of the global electronics market may be declining, but Europe still plays a role as a source of ideas and innovation - people still (!) look to Europe for development and patents ....and how important is distribution for the supply chain?
Manufacturers who deliver into EU countries, need to watch out - Since January 5, entries in the new EU database SCIP for SVHC substances are mandatory. The following applies to imports into Germany: In the absence of an implementing regulation from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, however, there is currently a lack of clarity about 'mandatory' and 'optional' with regard to the data queried.
The FBDi Environmental and Compliance Compass ('FBDi Compass') is now live as an updated and easy-to-use web tool. By bundling the expertise of the Competence Team Environment&Compliance, it offers valuable support for companies in all industries along the supply chain in handling EU regulations.
German Component Distribution (according to FBDi association) shrinks by 22% in the second quarter. Orders fall by 13%. Hope for recovery at the end of the year. FBDi urges politicians to drive innovation boom.
Since 25 June 2020, the SVHC (substances of very high concern) candidate list of ECHA (European Chemicals Agency), in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006, now includes 209 substances. As a novelty, as things stand today - manufacturers and processors of the substances are obliged to notify products containing SVHCs in ECHA's SCIP database from January 2021 onwards, if they manufacture them within the EU or import them into the EU.
On 4 July, PFOA - perfluorooctanoic acid, its salts and precursor compounds - was included in the POP (Persistent Organic Pollutants) Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 and at the same time also came into force in the REACh Regulation (Annex XVII, entry 68). FBDi association points out, that both regulations apply to PFOA with immediate effect.
In connection with the revised Waste Framework Directive the EU has commissioned ECHA to create a SCIP (Substances of Concern in Products) database, which will be mandatory from 5.1.2021 onwards for companies manufacturing articles containing SVHCs. But, FBDi sees its introduction as both critical and questionable, and other associations such as Bitcom, VDMA and ZWEI also rate it as critical and exaggerated.
German distribution of electronic components (according to FBDi e.V.) continues to decline in the first quarter of 2020. Order situation improves slightly, at a low level. FBDi calls for future-oriented course-setting and investments in infrastructure.
As a new supporting member in the FBDi association, RECOM, manufacturer of power supply converters, promotes the increased communication between distributors and manufacturers. The exchange opens up additional perspectives for both sides and thus creates new aspects and approaches for the daily business and for the further development of the distribution landscape - a particularly valuable advantage in times like these.
The FBDi (Fachverband Bauelemente Distribution e.V.) presents a new guideline on the subject of 'Product Analyses and 8D-Report'. This qualified action guide is now available for download in German and English.
Since the beginning of the year the distributor MEDI Kabel GmbH is relying on the platform of the FBDi Association. By the membership the company can always be up to date and cope with legal environmental regulations.
Are you struggling with 'German Angst'? According to the Managing Director of FBDi this always happens when things are going well for us. But, there is no need for German Angst - and not at all for electronics.
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