Etratech Inc, based in Burlington, Ontario, designs, manufactures and tests electronic control equipment for major OEMs in a variety of industries. Employing roughly 113 people, the Burlington site is the head office for its global operations.
Etratech produces products (based on customer specification) that incorporate a Phase 1 Priority Toxic Substance (per Table A of O reg 455/09) for which a Toxic substance Reduction Plan and related Summaries (based on 2011 usage) are due on December 31, 2012. The specific Phase 1 Priority substance is lead compound-based solder that is used to attach components to circuit boards. Lead solder has long been the preferred choice of electronics manufacturers, over non-lead solder, due to its superior strength, lover melting point and lower price. In recent years however, consumer awareness of lead in electronics has increased, pushing Etratech’s customers to gradually move away from lead-based solder. In 2011, approximately 172 kg of lead was used at the facility. Etratech’s customers specify the solder type that must be used int he manufacture of their electronics. Consequently, Etratech does not have any flexibility to use these substitute materials that have not yet been approved by their customers.
This Toxic Substance Reduction Plan shows significant process improvements to reduce lead waste by year-end 2012 and a customer awareness strategy to eliminate lead compounds fully at this facility. overall reductions in lead are projected to be 36.5% by year-end 2016.
Year Substance Amount Change
2012 Lead 3945 kgs
2013 Lead 3664 kgs 7% reduction
2014 Lead 2719 kgs 26% reduction
On July 15, 2015 Etratech became a lead free manufacturing facility.
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