Reduction of Hazardous substances used in Electrolux Major Appliances Electrolux Home Products Pty Ltd supplies approximately 50% of the Australian market with brand names including Electrolux, AEG, Westinghouse, Simpson, Hoover, Dishlex, Chef and Kelvinator. Changes to EHP products therefore have a significant influence on the overall market and there has been a general reduction of hazardous material (HM) in these appliances over the last 20 years for the following reasons:
1. Design improvements have consistently reduced the overall weight of active components containing hazardous materials.
This is the result of better design techniques and improved processes, largely driven by cost reductions. For example, the Control panel assembly of a Westinghouse dishwasher consists of an external cover, FR carrier panel, door lock and Circuit Board. A model made in 1991 is compared with the current design in production from 2003. All the components except the cover contain RoHS identified hazardous materials. The carrier panel has been reduced from 295 to 70gms, the door lock from 82 to 46 gms and the circuit board from 330 to 108 gms, with overall HM content reduced by more than 50%. The designs are shown below.
This trend has also been reflected in the overall weight reduction of most appliances. Although generalisation is difficult, typical reductions are shown below in some of EHP's products since 1993. The data was obtained from historic shipping documents. These trends, which we believe are industry typical, are running at approximately 1 % reduction per year and will continue because of cost pressures.