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Recycling of electronic circuit boards

17.01.2003


GAIKER is a participant in a project at a multinational level which is financed by the European Union Competitive and Sustainable Growth Project. The project is to develop innovative technology which will have two aspects or stages: firstly the separation and recovery of components capable of being reused and, subsequently, the recycling of materials used in electronic printed circuit boards (from telephones, T.V.’s, and so on). The great quantity of small parts, different components, solder and other materials used in their manufacture, make their recycling and re-use extremely difficult.

The main aim of this important initiative is the substitution of the use of the solder lead used in these circuits, traditionally regarded as dangerous and restricted by current European Directives, by materials less harmful to the environment (alloys of tin, silver and copper). In this way, the risks to the environment and on human health can be substantially minimised.

The economic importance of the recycling of precious metals used in manufacturing processes justifies the important international participation involved in the project. The volume of electronic printed circuit board material thrown away in the year 2000 in Spain alone was about 200,000 tons and, in Europe, this figure will reach 7.4 million tons in 2004.



The importance of the project is underlined by the international presence, involving a consortium of companies, research centres and universities from different European countries as well as from Japan and Corea. Amongst those participating are: Philips, Thomson, the Berlin Technical University, Promosol, AB Mikroelectronik Gmbh and Indumetal Recycling; fromJapan: Hitachi, Oki Electronics, Tohoku Univ, Tokyo Univ., Osaka Univ., Fjitsu and the University of Juntendo and from Corea: LG, Eco Join, KITech and Jaenung Coll.

Contact :
Edorta Larrauri Teran
GAIKER, Centro Tecnológico
Larrauri@gaiker.es
(+34) 946002323

Edorta Larrauri Teran | BasqueResearch
Further information:
http://www.gaiker.es

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