We at SAMSON are aware of our responsibility for sustainability. We strive to observe the latest standards and procedures in environmental protection and the efficient use of resources with our products and manufacturing methods.
This is why we converted the corrosion protection applied in our electroplating departments, for example to aluminum and zinc-plated steel parts, at an early stage. Since 2016, we have signed contracts with our suppliers to ensure that we only receive parts compliant with RoHS 2 and REACH requirements:
- SAMSON items with electrical functions fall within the scope of DIRECTIVE 2011/65/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 8 June 2011 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS 2) as implemented in Germany (ElektroStoffV). Even though hexavalent chromium only has a minor function in many cases, SAMSON aims at observing a maximum chromium VI content of under 0.1 % w/w in the homogenous layers of all parts of an article. This material restriction applies to the majority of our articles sold since 22 July 2017.
- Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (REACH) was extended on 17 April 2013 by Commission Regulation (EU) No. 348/2013 as well. This regulation basically applies to all SAMSON products, including those without electrical functions. As of 22 September 2017, the products may only be coated with hexavalent chromium if the EU supplier who electroplates the parts has a valid approval for the substance by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) as stipulated in Annex XIV of the REACH regulation. In addition to the procedures for RoHS 2, SAMSON Frankfurt reveals the hexavalent chromium content of under 0.1 % w/w. To do so, we apply the O5A (once an article, always an article) approach. The obligation to communicate and notify under article 33 of the REACH regulation applies to every (formerly) individual article specified on a parts list that exceeds the 0.1 % w/w threshold.
During the conversion phase, some products were supplied with different coating and passivation types. This meant that the surfaces of some parts showed different reflections. This has no effect on corrosion protection.
Parts containing hexavalent chromium that are still kept in stock and do not fall within the scope of the RoHS 2 directive (no electrical function) may be sold off without violating any laws. Exceptions may also apply to spare parts. Do not hesitate to contact the SAMSON Materials Compliance Dept. at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.