Eco-Friendly Products

Efforts for Eco-friendly Products

Clarion is strongly committed to developing products that have minimal environmental impact by promoting LCA (Life Cycle Assessment), a system of assessing the environmental impact of products not only during production process but over their entire life cycles, from procurement of components and materials, physical distribution, customer use and to finally to disposal. We also promote efforts from the designing stage on curbing harmful substances in order to comply with stringent laws and regulations and with the requirements of car manufacturers. In addition, we promote green purchasing and have constructed a chemical substance analysis system. With these, we strive to mange and curtail substances impacting the environment from the very level of materials and components.

To develop and offer eco-friendly products, Clarion conducts the environmental impact assessment, which is comprised of the following seven items: lighter weight, longer lifespan, recyclability, easy degradability, safety, lower energy consumption, and reduction of harmful substances. Those products that comply with self-imposed guidelines are labeled with Clarion Eco-Mark, indicating that they are eco-friendly, and are displayed as such in our 2006 product catalogs.

Clarion Eco-Mark

Clarion Eco-Mark

Control of Chemical Contents in Products

Complying with EU Directives

Lead Free Solder Mark

Clarion complies with the laws and regulations of the EU (European Union) such as the directive restricting the use of specific hazardous substances (RoHS *1). We have been working to discontinue the use of six banned substances *2 within the company as well as in cooperation with suppliers.

We took action to keep screws and sheet metal, etc. free of hexavalent chromium and to keep wiring and electronic components free of lead. As a result, all components of 2006 European models have been verified as not containing any of the banned substances, and the products that we ship are now RoHS-compliant. In addition, we have switched to leadfree solders, and the products display with labels accordingly.

*1 Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive

This directive restricts the use of certain specific hazardous substances contained in electronic devices. Effective since July 2006, the EU has prohibited sales of products containing six banned substances within the EU.

*2 Six banned substances

These are lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)

Building Up Chemical Substance Control System

Measures to control chemical contents in products are not limited to promotion of green purchasing. In addition to (relying on) information provided by suppliers, Clarion analyzes environmentally harmful substances by itself with such equipment as fluorescent X-ray spectrographic analyzers. We are rebuilding our chemical substance information system, configuring our analysis/inspection system, and preparing a global environmental quality assurance system.

Compliance with VOC

In response to requirements of car manufacturers, Clarion is taking action to reduce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). VOCs, which cause “sick car syndrome,” may inflict upon drivers and passengers within a car space. Consequently, we are working to make products that do not discharge VOCs within a car space.

Promotion of Green Purchasing

Clarion cooperates with suppliers in developing and offering products that comply with various laws, regulations and industry standards. These are prescribed in our “Green Purchasing Guidelines” and “Toxic Substances List.”

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