June 2018: ETIRA AGM / THE RECYCLER LIVE event in Budapest !!!

March 26, 2019

Learning the latest industry news and networking over drinks and dinner!

90+ delegates attend  – ETIRA elects new Board of Directors – David Connett becomes President – ETIRA thanks outgoing President Christian Wernhart 

On the 21-22 June 2018, ETIRA met in Budapest, Hungary for its annual member meeting, and for The Recycler Live Conference. The event was a top opportunity for networking and learning, held this year at the beautiful Corinthia hotel. With 90+ delegates, and organised by The Recycler magazine, The Recycler Live Conference is the 2nd largest industry event in Europe after remanexpo@paperworld.

On Thursday, ETIRA held its internal Board meeting and annual statutory meeting. The association approved its 2017 financial statements and reset its 2018 budget. Members evaluated the 2017/2018 activities and the work done by ETIRA in the past 12 months, They also assessed the priorities for 2018.

Guenin - kopie

David Connett (r.) also thanked outgoing Treasurer Philippe Guenin (LVL) for his years of service to oversee the association’s finances. Board Member Gerwald van der Gijp (Armor) will succeed Philippe in this role.

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Incoming President David Connett (l.) says thank you and farewell to Christian Wernhart  (Embatex) after 12 successful years at the helm of the European cartridge remanufacturing trade association.

Friday saw an impressive group of speakers addressing the floor on many topics facing remanufacturers today. Industry magazine The Recycler will report extensively on the many presentations. And the Thursday Cocktail and Dinner were great for informal networking and new business opportunities!

ETIRA elects new Board of Directors

On Thursday, ETIRA elected a new Board of Directors for the mandate 2018-2020. President Christian Wernhart (Embatex) stepped down after 12 years at the head of the association but will continue as a regular Board member.  David Connett, founding Member of ETIRA and long-time Vice-President, succeeded Wernhart as President. Also stepping down were Stephanie Unland (The Recycler) and Treasurer Philippe GUENIN (LVL).  ETIRA thanked all three for their support throughout the many years! Reappointed members of the Board include ARMOR’s Gerwald van der Gijp (elected as new Treasurer), Jörgen Wonisch (Greenman), Jan-Michael Sieg (KMP)  and Javier Martinez (Consuprint).

Former editor of The Recycler David Connett will take up the role of President at a crucial juncture. Due to the tough market environment and changes among the membership, the association is facing new challenges. Connett is keen to address those head-on: for ETIRA, member interests come first. Also, a larger focus on conveying the reman message to the outside world will bring new boosts for the industry as a whole.

ETIRA thanks organisers The Recycler magazine and the sponsors for a very successful 2-day event in Budapest!

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ETIRA-commissioned tests find hazardous decaBDE in more newbuilt non-OEM cartridges

December 17, 2018

Tests find more newbuilt non-OEM cartridges containing hazardous decaBDE chemical that is not allowed in electronic products above certain levels.

In late October, industry media reported (The Recycler and Digital Imaging) that several newbuilt non-OEM cartridges had been found to contain excessive levels of Decabromodiphenylether (DecaBDE), a halogenated flame retardant that, because of its health risks, has been prohibited in the EU since 2008 in electronics above certain levels, and fully prohibited in many other products. The original HP equivalent did not contain DEcaBDE.
ETIRA, the European association of companies that remanufacture OEM-printer cartridges for reuse, recently purchased several newbuild non-OEM cartridges and commissioned tests from the German lab TüV Rheinland/LGA to see if there is a pattern.

The results showed that four cartridges had DecaBDE levels ranging from 2,000 mg/kg to a staggering 17,000 mg/kg, although only 1,000 mg/kg is allowed under the EU’s RoHS directive (Restriction on Hazardous Substances) 2011/65/EU. These four products Included Bubprint, sold on Amazon by Druckerpatronen Express, DE, and Prestige Print sold on Amazon by J&H GREENTECH and Trading Ltd, UK, (both compatible to HP17A), as well as Koala sold on Amazon by Lucky Suppliers Handels GmbH, DE and Yellow Yeti, sold on Amazon by Simple Printing Ltd, UK (both compatible to HP26X).
“These results are very worrying”, said Vincent van Dijk, ETIRA Secretary-General. “The tests showed that these were not isolated accidents, but that there is a major systemic issue in the overall market with newbuilt non-OEM cartridges from Asia that contain extremely high levels of a hazardous chemical. It is very serious that thousands of newbuild non-OEM cartridges are sold across Europe every day if many of them violate EU health and safety regulations. And a lot of suppliers even claim that they are REACH and/or RoHS compliant, which they obviously are not. ETIRA again calls on EU and national authorities to remove all hazardous cartridges from the market, and customers should refrain from buying them. “

ETIRA will further ascertain the REACH/RoHS registrations and factories of origin of these products, as well as test more products. We are also reporting many cartridge suppliers to national authorities for failure to register under WEEE.