European Guidelines 2002/95/EG (RoHS) and 2002/96/EG (WEEE): Legal regualtions for substances

As a global player, we consider it our duty to take care of our environment and therefore to make sparing use of our natural resources. This goal applies to our manufacturing processes and, of course, to our products as well. Even during the development stage of our products, the possibility of potential consequences for our environment is already taken into consideration.

We try to avoid or reduce any environmental impact to a minimum - even beyond the existing legal regulations - and to base the development of our products on the principle of sustainability. We therefore ensure that our products are free of materials and substances prohibited by law.

Referring to the European Guidelines 2002/95/EG (RoHS) and 2002/96/EG (WEEE) all existing products, which do not meet these requirements or part of it yet, automatically undergo redesign.

Our suppliers are urged to only supply components consistent with these guidelines. We confirm that according to the current state of our knowledge and in accordance with these regulations, all our products are going to comply with the above mentioned guidelines as of January 2006 - please note that we shall meet all regulations 6 months prior to the legally defined deadline of 1st July 2006 - and, in compliance with the defined exceptions, all our products are free of the following chemical substances:

1. Lead (PB)

2. Cadmium (Cd) and Cadmium compounds

3. Hexavalent Chrome (Cr(Vl))

4. Mercury and Mercurial compounds

5. Poly-bromide Biphenyle (PBB)

6. Poly-bromide Diphenylether (PBDE)

As there are no tolerance levels defined by law yet, we shall keep to the following tolerance limits in accordance with the general discussion in industry:

- 0.1 percent in weight with position nos. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

- 0.01 percent in weight with position no. 2.

With this approach, we trust that we meet our obligations to our customer's and to our environment as a whole.