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Alpha, the world leader in the production of electronic soldering materials is to host the EIPC/IPC conflict minerals workshop at its European Headquarters in Woking, UK on Friday the 6th February.
Key industry experts such as Aidan Turnbull Ph.D, prinicipal/partner at EVIRON UK Ltd and Fern Abrams, director of government relations and environmental policy for the IPC, will present on the current European Union legislation in conflict minerals, how to navigate conflict minerals reporting and how to respond to customer enquiries. The workshop will also look at the latest US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) activities.
There will be an opportunity to speak to members of the Alpha EU team during the workshop. Alpha is committed to ensuring that minerals from conflict mines do not enter its supply chain and has collaborated closely with several industry groups to develop and publish its own Corporate Policy. The policy is based on the Organisation for the Cooperation and Development (OCED), Five Step Framework for Risk Based Due Diligence in the Minerals Supply Chain.
Conflict Minerals is an extremely important issue for the electronics assembly industry. There is a risk that tin mined in conflict areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) may become part of the electronics supply chain, and, furthermore that profits from tin mining in conflict areas may be encouraging unfair labour practices or other human rights violations in the DRC.
For more information on Alpha’s commitment to the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative, visit our site.
About the EIPC
The European Institute of Printed Circuit Boards (EIPC) is a network of PCB professionals providing platforms to exchange business and technology information for the success of the European electronics industry.
About the IPC
Since 1957 the IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has been guiding the electronic interconnection industry through its dramatic changes. A global trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its more than 3,500 member companies, IPC represents all facets of the industry including design, printed board manufacturing, and electronics assembly and test.
Alpha, a business unit of Alent plc, is the global leader in the development, manufacturing and sales of innovative specialty materials used in a wide range of industry segments, including electronics assembly, power electronics, die attach, LED lighting, photovoltaics, semiconductor packaging, automotive and others.
With a unique global presence in over 30 locations throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific regions, Alpha supplies a full line of ALPHA® electronics assembly material products, including Solder Paste, Exactalloy® Solder Preforms, Cored Solder Wire Solder, Wave Soldering Fluxes, Bar Solder Alloys, and Stencils. It offers die attach product technologies to the power electronics segment in its Argomax®, Atrox™, Maxrel™, and Fortibond™ brands. For the LED segment, Alpha offers its Lumet™ products covering applications from die attach to systems assembly in the LED manufacturing process.
Alpha also offers product technologies for the Photovoltaic segment, including its unique pre-fluxed ALPHA® PV Ready Ribbon®, high performance standard ribbon, bus bar, solder wire and flux. Alpha’s Advanced Materials unit is the leader in electronic polymers and solder materials for semiconductor packaging applications. Since its founding in 1872, Alpha has been committed to developing and manufacturing the highest quality specialty materials. For more information, visit www.alpha.alent.com.