RUAG receives fridge recycling quality mark
The Environment Division of Swiss
company RUAG Components received the RAL quality mark from Martin
Stadler, vice chairman of the RAL Quality Assurance Association
for the demanufacture of refrigeration equipment containing CFCs.
For RUAG, the award of the highly
prized quality mark establishes the best possible basis for the
company’s business activities in an international market
that has grown in relevance since the EU’s WEEE directive
was transposed into the national laws of Switzerland’s neighbours:
Austria, France, Germany and Italy.
The new RUAG plant, which uses
SEG technology, went on stream at the end of last year. After
a relatively short period of operational trials lasting a mere
six weeks, the plant underwent testing and assessment by RAL test
engineers. RUAG’s fridge demanufacturing operations met
all the requirements of the RAL GZ 728 quality assurance scheme
covering Step I operations, Step II operations, process monitoring
Secretary to the RAL Quality
Assurance Association, Christoph Becker, was also present at the
award ceremony and emphasized that after having studied the test
report, the vote by members of Association’s quality committee
to award the quality mark to RUAG was unanimous. Becker was pleased
that RAL’s minimum quality standards had been met after
such a short start-up phase.
RUAG is licensed as a recycling
company by the Swiss S.EN.S Foundation (Stiftung Entsorgung Schweiz)
and SWICO, the Swiss Association for Information, Communication
and Organization Technology. In its work with these two organizations,
RUAG is the only waste management company in Switzerland that
can offer the entire spectrum of industrial demanufacturing services
for waste electrical and electronic equipment from a single site.