What manufacturers must realize is that through efforts to comply with regulatory standards, they can make their manufacturing operations more competitive. Indeed, compliance is transforming the companies that have taken the time to re-architect the many processes used for managing suppliers, channel partners, resellers, and customers. For manufacturers that ignore compliance, on the other hand, the costs can be steep.
hazardous waste environment
around the Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, which went into effect on July 1, 2006 throughout the EU and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) initiative. Since then, there has been a groundswell of support for this standard, first driven by the need for compliance to these regulatory requirements, and secondly for the competitive advantages greater internal process coordination provides. RoHS and WEEE have become the forefront issues in manufacturing globally due to