Safe, reliable, and conflict-free input materials and alloys

As a manufacturer of semi-finished products of copper and copper alloys, Wieland enjoys an outstanding reputation in the sector. As our business partner, you purchase from us a great many products of copper and copper alloys. We set strict standards in our choice of suppliers.

 

Substances manufactured or imported into the EU by companies must be registered at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). This also extends to metals. Recycled substances are excluded from this registration. At Wieland, we use exclusively registered or recycled metals.


What is the purpose of REACH?
REACH is a regulation issued by the European Union. Passed in June 2007, it is intended to protect human health and the environment against the potential risks of chemicals. The name is short for “Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals”.

Especially substances of very high concern (SVHCs) are potential candidates for an authorisation procedure under the REACH regulation. From the listed substances in the SVHC candidate list some of our materials may contain lead as an alloy component greater than 0.1 % by weight.


According to Art 33 of the REACH regulation we fulfil in this case our obligation to inform unprompted our customers.


Substances subject to authorization are listed in Annex XIV to the REACH regulation. On expiry of the so called sunset date, these substances may be used for those applications only that the European Commission has authorized explicitly. The last amendment to Annex XIV was passed by the EU Commission on 06 February 2020. The substances listed in Annex XIV are not contained in our articles!


The semi-finished products of copper and copper alloys that Wieland delivers are products as defined in the REACH regulation for which no safety data sheets need be provided. Notwithstanding, we are pleased to provide you with the material safety data sheets on our semi-finished products.

The European RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU) and the European Directive on end-of-life vehicles (2000/53/EC) restrict the content of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic devices and in vehicles.

If you need RoHS or ELV confirmation, please contact


Birgit Twrdek
birgit.twrdek@wieland.com
+49 731 944 2059


Monika Rembold
monika.rembold@wieland.com
+49 731 944 2475

“Conflict minerals” is the name given to the raw materials tantalum, tin, gold, and tungsten when their mining and trade contributes to the financing of armed groups. This applies particularly in the Democratic Republic (DR) of the Congo or its neighboring states. This is defined in greater detail e.g. in Dodd–Frank. Wieland uses tin as an alloying element in a number of materials. In addition, the surfaces of some products are tin plated. We make sure through our supply sources that the tin we use is not a conflict mineral.

Confirmations can be obtained from
Birgit Twrdek
birgit.twrdek@wieland.com
+49 731 944 2059
 

What is Dodd–Frank?

Dodd–Frank is a US federal law that was passed in July 2010 to reform the US financial market laws. It obliges listed companies to practice greater transparency. Among other things, companies must disclose the extent to which they use raw materials originating from the DR of the Congo or its neighboring states and why conflict minerals are needed for their production.

Dr. Stefan Priggemeyer
Senior Director Associations & Mgmt. Systems
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