US companies listed on the stock market must according to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 - report their content and avoidance of so called Conflict minerals. Polyamp is by this definition not directly affected; however as a sub supplier downstream in the supplier chain we get such demand.
A similar regulation will probably be issued within European Union. The reason the EU Directive has not yet been accepted in the EU, is there are opposition from NGOs and African politicians that this US regulation has the adverse effect searched for, by pointing at a whole industry in the Tropical Africa.
After processing the Conflict Minerals they becomes: Gold (Au), Tantalum (Ta),
Tungsten (W) and Tin (Sn).
Polyamp is a family owned limited company. We produce CE marked power supplies. This type of electronic industry product must also comply too the EMC directive 2014/30/EU, Low voltage directive 2014/35/EU and 2011/65/EU RoHS-2 directive. The electronic industry has designed an Excel sheet for communication regarding the Conflict minerals called CFSI CMRT4 that Polyamp can provide.
We analysed the content of our products and above 95% of potential such metals is Tin (Sn), which is used on all electronic components and Printed Circuit boards. The Tin is used to be able to fix the components in the production process. We have Smelter certificates on the solders Tin we use in our production process. That represents around 50 kg per annum. We also use Tantalum capacitors in order to meet the EMC directive. Those are supplied by well-known manufacturers. We do not use Gold and Tungsten in our component specifications.