Electronics industry in the dock

Judgement day looms this week for a quartet of electronics manufacturers who have been called give evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee as part of its ongoing inquiry into waste management.

Senior representatives from Sony, Panasonic, Philips and Hewlett Packard will give evidence on Tuesday 29th January on what measures the electronics industry is taking to reduce waste.

The committee began its enquiry last August, and seems to have clearly defined its objectives. The companies will particularly be asked to explain how waste-reduction strategies affect product design, as well as detailing the use of recycled materials in their products.

Its findings will prove interesting, if nothing else providing a progress report on the impact of the RoHS and WEEE Directives.

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Laurence Marchini began his career in the electronics press with the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1980, cutting his teeth on a variety of learned and member publications, ranging from IEE Proceedings to Electronics and Power. He moved on to join the launch team of the innovative weekly Electronics Express in 1986, and became Editor just 18 months later. Sadly, Electronics Express lasted just four and a half years, wound up by the infamous Robert Maxwell. However, Laurence had already jumped ship and joined the world of electronics PR with the agency of the 1990s, Smith and Jones Communications. It seemed Laurence was lost to the world of journalism. But after 11 years we managed to lure him back as launch editor of Electronicstalk. Laurence is married to Sally and has a young son, Alexander.

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