Bosch joins the AVX ‘Solutions for Hope’ project

11 September 2012

AVX Corporation, a manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions has announced that the automotive electronic part manufacturer Robert Bosch GmbH has joined the AVX Solutions for Hope project.

“We are very pleased to have Bosch, one of the world’s premier electronics suppliers to the automotive sector participate in our project,” said Peter Collis Executive Vice President of the AVX tantalum division.

The ‘Solutions for Hop’ project, established in July 2011, works with leading OEMs such as Motorola Solutions, Intel, and HP to deliver a closed-pipe process for delivering conflict-free tantalum material from the DRC in accordance with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) due diligence guidelines and incorporating the independently-validated Electronic Industry Code of Conduct (EICC) and the GLOBAL e-SUSTANABILITY INITIATIVE (GeSI) Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS) programme. The ‘Solutions for Hope’ project remains the only project to exclusively utilise EICC/GeSI validated Conflict-Free Smelters for processing tantalum ore into capacitor-grade materials.

AVX is the first in its industry to validate a closed tantalum pipe process, assuring all products contain only conflict-free tantalum in accordance with the principles of the Dodd-Frank legislation and the current OECD guidelines.

“AVX will continue its leading role by working with a growing list of major electronics companies like Robert Bosch GmbH in the ‘Solutions for Hope’ programme. This programme demonstrates that verifiably conflict-free tantalum material can be mined and shipped in a manner that is reliable, sustainable and expandable, allowing the DRC to be utilised as a trusted regional source for responsible minerals,” said Bill Millman, AVX Tantalum Divisional Director of Quality and Technology.

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