DRC Ships 1st 'Conflict-Free' Tin Ores PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Buetow   
Monday, 17 December 2012 10:35

SOUTH KIVU, DRC -- The first flow of tin through a controlled supply chain has left a mine from the South Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the partners in the effort reports.

Minerals from DRC mines have been shunned over the past few years due to trade restrictions, which some observers feel puts undue strain on the local population.

In response, the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative, a partnership among the Dutch government, certain NGOs, and users and suppliers such as Philips, Alpha and AIM Solder.

The Initiative created a tracking system across a monitored supply chain that provides a way for companies worldwide to purchase conflict-free materials from the Eastern DRC. This will lead to better mining methods, economic development and regional stability, AIM noted in a press release.


For more on the CFTI and AIM's role, click here. And Alpha Metals discusses its participation here.





Eastern-US: China’s New Competitor?

Parity emerges among EMS Factories from Asia, Mexico and the US.

For the first time in years we see parity in the Eastern US among EMS factories from Asia, Mexico and the US. This EMS market condition will permit American OEMs (the EMS industry refers to OEMs as customers) to have more EMS pathways to choose from. Now more than ever, such EMS assignments will require deeper investigation relating to the OEMs’ evaluation of manufacturing strategies.

The Human Touch

For those who count on the electronics industry for big feats, it’s been a remarkable couple of years.



Advances in Concentration Monitoring and Closed-Loop Control

Contaminated bath water skews refractive index results. New technology can accurately measure aqueous cleaning agent concentration.

Circuits Disassembly: Materials Characterization and Failure Analysis

A systematic approach to nonconventional methods of encapsulant removal.





CB Login



English French German Italian Portuguese Russian Spanish


Panasonic Debuts PanaCIM Maintenance with Augmented Reality
PanaCIM Maintenance with Augmented Reality software provides instant communication and information to factory technicians -- when and where it is needed -- so they can respond to factory needs more...