"Beryllium metal, beryllium-containing alloys and beryllium oxide ceramic are used in critical applications that are vital to electronic technology," said Maxwell. "They offer property combinations not available in other materials, and allow designers to achieve world-class levels of innovation, performance, energy efficiency and reliability."
"The decision not to include beryllium on the list underscores the
conclusion of the leading European research and consultancy institute
working for a sustainable future that beryllium and beryllium oxide
ceramic, and therefore copper beryllium and nickel beryllium alloys, do
not constitute significant health and environmental risks when used in
electrical and electronic equipment," he said. While authorities
reviewed beryllium and other materials in electronic products under the
RoHS process, beryllium-containing materials are widely used without
health and environmental risks in many other end-use applications in
Beryllium is a naturally occurring element that is present in the earth's crust. Beryllium metal is used to provide unique physical and mechanical properties which offer unrivaled end-use performance benefits throughout the electronics, aerospace, energy, defense and homeland security, medical and other industries.
Copper beryllium (CuBe) alloys are the most widely used beryllium-containing materials in mobile phones and other electronic equipment. CuBe alloys, which contain less than 2 percent beryllium, are used in mobile phones and high-performance electronic devices to increase electrical and thermal conductivity, enhance product performance, increase reliability, and facilitate miniaturization of components and products. Consequently, products manufactured with CuBe alloys are more efficient, conserve energy and natural resources, and increase product life.
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