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Newark element14 Launches "Rohs Express" To Help Design Engineers, Component Buyers Comply With EU Green Law

CHICAGO (May 03, 2005)

Comprehensive online resource supplies critical information, compliant components

Newark element14, a subsidiary of global Premier Farnell plc and the leading small-quantity distributor of electronic components and test equipment in North America, announces the launch of RoHS Express (, an in-depth online resource to help design engineers and component buyers comply with the European Union's Restriction Of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation.

RoHS restricts the amount of lead (and five other substances) that can be used in new electronic and electric equipment sold to EU countries after July 1, 2006.

"While the RoHS buzz has escalated recently on this side of the pond, there has been a lack of real specifics", comments Paul Tallentire, president, Newark element14. "We dubbed RoHS Express as the "fast track to compliance", as it gives our customers quick, precise answers to their most important questions."

The RoHS Express area, which will be continually updated, offers:

  • State-by-state guide to green laws in the US
  • Latest "green news" from Europe, direct from Farnell, Newark element14's sister UK distributor
  • Facts about RoHS and frequently asked questions
  • The industry's first step-by-step guide to compliance

Working closely with its 425+ suppliers, Newark element14 is aggressively adding manufacturers' RoHS compliant products to its website and collecting product data. Online search results at show whether the manufacturer has confirmed that a product is compliant. A green spirograph (show symbol) is used to flag compliant products.

About Newark element14

Newark element14, a subsidiary of global distributor Premier Farnell Ltd, is North America's leading small-quantity distributor of electronic components and test equipment, and its #1 source for RoHS compliant parts and information. RoHS is the acronym for the European Union's Restrictions of certain Hazardous Substances directive, which took effect July 1, 2006.

Visited by thousands of engineers and electronics buyers each week, Newark element14's RoHS Express site at provides critical information to help companies transition to compliance, including: the latest news, on-demand lead-free soldering webinars, downloadable step-by-step guides to compliance and updates on US and Canadian green laws.

In addition to offering the broadest electronics selection from 440+ top manufacturers for same-day shipping, Newark element14 provides a unique range of value-added services at no charge, including, RoHS Bill of Materials updates, eProcurement implementation and support, and automatic re-reeling for components.

With multiple sales channels, customers do business with Newark element14 through contact centers, a local branch network in the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, a dedicated field sales force and a world-class website at The holder of a General Services Administration schedule (#GS-06F-0044M,) Newark element14 also supports federal government customers through a dedicated website,, and a specially trained team of representatives.

Newark element14's parent company, Premier Farnell Ltd, is a leading global marketer and distributor of electronic, maintenance repair and operations (MRO) and specialist products and services, trading in more than 100 countries with a database of 2 million customer contacts. For general information, visit and Also, you can reach Newark element14's media contact, Janice Fleisher, at 773.907.5941 and at jfleisher@Newark

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