ARMOR Office Printing, a member of ETIRA, is sharing its commitment to produce cartridges that meet the safety and security criteria of European standards, in the presence of ‘new-built’ cartridges that do not comply with the regulations in force. To meet these requirements, ARMOR Office Printing invested 150K€ in R&D in 2018.
The management of the OEM and remanufactured cartridges in Europe is very strict. The various regulations include the conformity of the cartridges with European standards (WEEE, REACH and RoHS directives) and the intellectual property framework. They are intended to protect the health and living environment of the European Union citizens while ensuring the sustainability of the products. These regulations apply to printing consumables produced in Europe, but according to ETIRA, European border control is not enough to protect the user and inform them towards the composition of these ‘new-built’ non-OEM cartridges imported in Europe.
On 27th September 2018, ETIRA issued a statement alerting the presence on the European market of ‘new-built’ non-OEM cartridges with a hazardous level of chemical content (including DecaBDE2).
Gerwald van der Gijp, Managing Director of ARMOR Office Printing and member of the Board of Directors of ETIRA said, "as of today, more than 5 million "new-built" non-OEM cartridges, and so potentially not reusable, are present on the European market3. This is the overall quality of the offer and the security of the users, which are at stake. Choosing a cartridge remanufactured by ARMOR means choosing a consumable that is eco-responsible."
In 2018, ARMOR Office Printing invested € 150,000 in R&D to remanufacture printing consumables complying with the REACH, CLP, RoHS and WEEE European directives. Partners and end-users are sure that those cartridges are safe for both the end-user and the environment. Furthermore, ARMOR Office Printing commits itself to respect the European Intellectual Property Directives for the design of its cartridges.
ARMOR Office Printing is attending PaperWorld from January 26th to 29th in Frankfurt.