Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween From Cyclops Electronics!

Here in our York head office we've been getting into the spirit (no pun intended!) of things with a Halloween fancy dress day!
Members of staff went to a lot of effort with their costumes and we even held a vote for the three best dressed.

The lucky winners were: Our Purchasing Buyer Charlotte in first place (middle), second place was Head of Purchasing Donna (right) and third place was Cyclops Account Manager Anne (left). 

Well done to all the winners and a big thank you to all who took part! 

Happy Halloween!!

Friday, 25 October 2013

Cyclops Raises Money For The Breast Cancer Campaign Charity

This week Cyclops Electronics held a charity bake off and a 'wear it pink' dress down day, all in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign charity. 

At the beginning of the week we held a 'bake off' and raised an amazing £150. We had two days of volunteer bakers and a kind donation from The Marbeca Bakery, to help raise a whopping £121. We also raffled off a special collection of cupcakes, again donated from The Marbeca Bakery, which raised £29. 

Then to round off the week, we held a 'Wear It Pink' dress down day, with members of staff wearing pink in support of the charity. We managed to raise a fantastic £110, meaning a total of £260 was raised for the Breast Cancer Campaign charity.  

A huge thank you to everyone who took part and to The Marbeca Bakery for helping raise money for this worthy cause.

To find out more about the charity, please visit the Breast Cancer Campaign website

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

OEMs Advised to Review Supply Chain to Help Avoid Indonesian Mined Tin

OEMs are advised to review their supply chains in an effort to stop the procurement of tin from Bangka Island, Indonesia.

Recent research suggests that dangerous tin mining practices have caused deaths and environmental devastation on the Indonesian island. A report recently published by Friends of the Earth, 'Mining for Smartphones: the true cost of tin', documents a six month investigation and reveals the little-known environmental impact and social costs behind the mining of tin in Indonesia.

The report notes its key findings as:

Dangerous and unregulated tin mining. Police figures show that in 2011, an average of one miner a week died in an accident. Reports of child labor in the unofficial mines are common.

Coral and sea life is being threatened. Silt from tin mining is killing coral reefs and sea grass eaten by turtles, driving away fish and ruining fishermen's livelihoods.

Farmland and forests are being destroyed.
Farmers struggle to grow crops in soil left acidic after the destruction of forests for tin mining.

Tin is used in the solder to connect components in mobile phones, tablets and other computer products. The report states that tin mined in Bangka Island has been found in some of the biggest selling smartphone brands.

Several large smartphone manufacturers have publicly addressed the issue and have evidenced their awareness, and in some cases, intentions to avoid it.

To read extracts of their statements and this article in full, please visit the EBN website.

Monday, 21 October 2013

The 15th Annual ERA Conference

The ERA 15th Annual Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) and the Environment Conference is to take place on 13-14 November 2013, at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport.

The conference will bring together important public policy figures, technical experts and compliance professionals to give a unique and comprehensive perspective on the recent and future developments for environmental regulatory compliance.

The following major areas will be covered:

Conflict minerals/responsible sourcing – With the US Dodd-Frank Act deadline in May 2014 nearing and the EU considering its policy options concerning conflict minerals, this area will take centre stage. Signe Ratso, the European Commission Directorate General for Trade, will be the key note speaker on this matter.

Substances and obsolescence (RoHS2, REACH and global developments) - Iain Nicol at UK government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), will discuss the key changes brought in by RoHS2 and explore the areas of uncertainty. There will also be speakers discussing the legislation in China, the problem of obsolescence and substitutions and also the sustainable management of chemicals.

End-of-life and material recovery (WEEE, batteries) -  Speakers will explain the current status of the new WEEE2 Directive due in 2014 and how this directive will likely change recycling and enforcement in practice.

Lifecycle (ecodesign and sustainability) -  Adam Romanowski of the European Commission’s DG-Energy will be discuss the current state of play regarding the EU Ecodesign Directive.

Compliance and Enforcement - Phil Earl, head of the UK BIS’ Product Regulation Team will look at potential changes and implications of the proposed Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package (PSMSP).

To read the article in full, please visit the Electronics Technology Network website or follow this link to view the conference programme.