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Newark element14 Hosts Europe's First Weee Compliance Guide On Its Website

CHICAGO (September 06, 2005)

With the number of WEEE-type e-recycling laws in the US & Canada increasing, guide offers relevant solutions.

Newark element14, the leading small-quantity distributor of electronic components and test equipment in North America and a subsidiary of global Premier Farnell plc, has posted a downloadable version of A Guide to the WEEE Directive on its RoHS Express website at Prepared by Newark element14's parent company and the first of its kind in Europe, the guide was designed specifically to help UK businesses comply with the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) legislation, which has a newly extended deadline of June 2006. The guide also has relevance for North American companies, as the need for recycling solutions will grow along with the number of e-recycling (electronics recycling) laws in the US and Canada.

Unlike its sister directive, RoHS (Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances), each European Union member state will differ in how it implements WEEE, which deals with the collection, treatment and recovery of nearly any electrical or electronic product that ends up in a landfill. Similarly, in the absence of national legislation, 28 states are writing their own WEEE-type laws. Newark element14's RoHS Express site offers a detailed guide to pending and existing RoHS/WEEE-type legislation in the US and Canada.

"The electronics industry is facing unprecedented change, and we are committed to helping our customers prepare for the implementation of complex green laws by providing them with critical information and helpful guides on our dedicated RoHS Express site," says Paul Tallentire, president, Newark element14.

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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