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Dynamic leads on $250m lead-free issue

Dynamic leads on $250m lead-free issue

Leading New Zealand electronics contract manufacturer, Dynamic Contract Manufacturing, is making unprecedented moves in lead-free processing.

Dynamic Contract Manufacturing is a division of Dynamic Controls, which is based in Christchurch with more than 400 staff. Dynamic Controls is the world’s largest manufacturer of control systems for wheelchairs and scooters.

The company has invited UK-based international lead-free expert, Bob Willis, to visit Christchurch for five days later this month. Lead-free processing will become law in Europe by July 2006.

Willis has been substantially involved with lead-free electronic processing on a global scale, with expertise in introducing and putting in place lead-free technology in Europe, the US and Japan.

He has conducted many workshops on lead-free production process worldwide and is a specialist for companies implementing surface mount technology.

He was chairman of the European Surface Mount Trade Association from 1990-94 and has been elected honorary president.

The highlight of his visit will be the Dynamic Contract Manufacturing Lead-Free Symposium for all Australasian electronics firms to be held in Christchurch on July 27 and 28.

``This is a unique interactive based forum where individuals and organisations can discuss key lead-free topics including new legislation requirements,’’ Dynamic chief executive John McCombe said today.

“The symposium will provide the Australasian electronics industry with cutting-edge global lead-free intelligence. It will create an excellent opportunity to capitalise on the changing environment and optimise operations with the new market in mind.”

The impending lead-free legislation for electronic products sold into Europe comes into effect July 2006, which will have huge implications for New Zealand’s electronics industry.

Compliance with lead-free requirements is estimated to be worth $250 million to the NZ economy, as failure to comply will immediately result in the European market becoming inaccessible, McCombe said.

As countries alter their processes to accommodate lead-free, there is strong potential for a global shift towards lead-free production, a shift worth approximately $1.4billion to the New Zealand economy.

``As one of the largest electronics companies in New Zealand, we see this initiative as an important way to support the industry and foster growth by ensuring the collective remains competitive in the global market,’’ McCombe said.

``This initiative comes at a good time for us, as, coupled with our recent restructuring and substantial investment in equipment, we are enhancing the service that we provide to our customers.’’

The Christchurch-based based company is owned by Invacare Corporation, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Invacare is the global leader in the manufacture and distribution of innovative home care and long-term care medical products that promote recovery and active lifestyles. Sales for 2003 were $US1.3 billion. The company has 5300 associates, and markets its products in 80 countries around the world.

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