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Liberty Goes Green

The cable supplier has reduced lead and other restricted substances in its lineup of products.

Anaheim, CA–Liberty Wire & Cable, worldwide supplier of a broad range of wire and cable products for the audio/video trade, now offers a broad spectrum of wire and cable products that comply with emerging Green Market standards. Compliance with one major initiative, in particular, stands out–the Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, calls for reductions in lead and five other chemicals.

While RoHS only became effective in 2006, Liberty has been voluntarily developing compliant products for the past several years. More than 90 percent of Libertys 6,000-plus products are already RoHS compliant. Liberty is, in addition, committed to constantly expanding the number of environmentally friendly products it manufactures, further enhancing The Liberty Advantage by providing extra value for installers and their clients.

There has been an increase in demand for products in the AV marketplace that are RoHS compliant in bid specifications, said Kirk Horlbeck, Liberty senior vice president. More than 90 percent of our products are already RoHS compliant, which helps our customers compete for and win AV projects that call for RoHS compliant products.

Liberty prides itself on being ahead of the curve when it comes to the performance of our wire and cable products, said Andy Bergdoll, president of Liberty Wire and Cable. To this point, Liberty is proud of the fact that we maintain manufacturing standards in alignment with the environment and the industry.

The RoHS directive was adopted by the European Union in 2003 and became effective last year. It restricts the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexevalent chromium, and two polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) in electronic and electrical equipment. PBB and PBDE are flame retardants.

Many other countries are implementing or considering the RoHS directive. In the U.S., California already recognizes portions of the directive, while other states and cities are debating whether to adopt similar laws. The RoHS directive is also part of a broader legislative initiative to solve the problems presented by huge amounts of toxic waste. As a leading global supplier of wire and cable, Liberty offers a broad spectrum of lead-free, RoHS compliant products in Europe and the U.S.

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