Due to constantly increasing requirements and the globalisation of the markets, a number of national and international requirements apply to our products. On the one hand, the legal requirements (e.g. the EU directives in the European Economic Area), but of course also the local or application-related laws must be considered. Only if all aspects are included in the product life cycle from the very beginning it can be guaranteed that all requirements can be met.
WIKA faces the challenge with a centrally and globally oriented team, in order to be able to implement constantly increasing requirements, but also to be able to react to customer wishes and enquiries.
The WIKA quality assurance management system has been certified in accordance with ISO 9001 since 1994. The high quality and safety standards of our company set standards and have been adopted by several states in their national standard systems.
WIKA Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG has established a comprehensive management system to ensure compliance with product-related environmental protection issues. Below are explanations of the most common topics.
As a manufacturer of monitoring and control equipment, we do not manufacture any substances/chemicals ourselves. The quantity of substances/chemicals which is required for the manufacture of our products does not exceed one tonne per year. Therefore, as a downstream user, we are released from the obligation to register. According to Article 33 of the REACH Regulation, we have an obligation to provide information about substances in products: We hereby declare that our products and packaging do not contain any substances from the candidate list in concentrations above 0.1% by mass, with the following exceptions.
It can be assumed that all of our products which use metals (steel, aluminium and copper alloys) and electronic components contain more than 0.1% lead, CAS no. 7439-92-1, EC no. 231-100-4, which is listed as SVHC in accordance with REACH.
We have successfully introduced the EU Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS) into our company and set up appropriate management. The electrical and electronic products fulfil the requirements, which we confirm in an EU declaration of conformity.
The substance changes in Annex II, which have been added through Directive 2015/863/EU, will only become relevant for Category 9 (monitoring and control equipment) from 21.07.2021. Mechanical products, such as pressure gauges or thermometers, are not subject to RoHS 2011/65/EU, meaning we cannot generate an EU declaration of conformity. Should you still need a confirmation that a mechanical product also complies with the substance limits of RoHS, then we can create this for you.
The WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive aims to reduce waste in Europe. The strategy is to increase the re-use of materials.
Our European subsidiaries are already registering for the WEEE to meet the formal requirements of the directive. Therefore we are comprehensive and fully compliant with the WEEE.
Old WIKA devices can be returned to us at any time and we take care of the recycling. Place your inquiry to the following e-mail address: [email protected].
The Hong Kong Convention was adopted by the International Maritime Organization in May 2009. This is an agreement for the worldwide improvement of environmentally friendly ship recycling. An IHM certificate (International Certificate on Inventory of Hazardous Materials) is required. The EU has adopted Regulation (EU) No. 1257/2013 to speed up the ratification of this agreement. Ship-owners are thus requested to carry a hazardous material inventory of all components on board.
Most of the listed materials are not present in WIKA products. You can request a corresponding material declaration from us.
The enactment of section 1502 of the US American Dodd-Frank Act commits listed US companies to provide proofs of origin for the raw materials tantalum, gold, tungsten and tin and furthermore to put far-reaching auditing requirements for suppliers and material flows into practice. The objective is to reveal the global supply chains in order to ensure that no conflict commodities are included in the end products.
Such a product-specific disclosure and supply chain protection of the entire product portfolio of WIKA Alexander Wiegand SE & Co. KG – from commodities to the end product, i.e. a certification of each procurement and manufacturing step, is not reliably feasible. Our sources of supply consist of qualified and well-known suppliers, without exception.
WIKA has already obtained confirmations from its major suppliers. These certify to this day, without exception, that no raw materials from such countries that are mentioned in the cited US-American Dodd-Frank Act are used. It is not possible for WIKA to make a general statement or fill out customer-specific questionnaires for the reasons stated above.