Blackmagic Design Gets The Lead Out

Blackmagic Design has upgraded its manufacturing facility so that it now complies with new EU regulations on hazardous substances. The project--completed in June--has taken almost two years of work, and included the process of ensuring all supply chain partners are fully compliant with the directives.

The facility was upgraded to meet the new environmental challenges listed in the new RoHS (Restriction of the use of Certain Hazardous Substances) 2002/95/EC, which was adopted in February 2003 by the European Union and took effect on July 1, 2006. The company, a manufacturer of video cards and converters, said this directive restricts the use of six specific materials, such as lead, in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment.

"Blackmagic is committed to having all Blackmagic products be the best choices for our customers as well as for the environment," said Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. "With the new Multibridge Pro now shipping, our customers worldwide are getting the best possible product to help them produce the finest films, documentaries, television serials, and videos."

Blackmagic's first fully RoHS-compliant product is the new Multibridge Pro, which is now available and shipping. The company said it is also prepared to meet the new environmental standards imposed by California, which will take effect on January 1, 2007, as well as China's that have similar restrictions to RoHS, which are scheduled to take effect March 1, 2007.