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Walters go to Far East


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The sales director of city-based office supplies company Walters has recently returned from an important fact-finding trip to Japan, Hong Kong and China - to understand more about the global drive for environmentally-friendly office products.

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Peter Billinghay was guest of Brother UK - the world’s leading manufacturers of office equipment - who are proactively developing more and more ‘green’ products to comply with a growing number of standards which will become law later this year.

A new EU Directive will place legal obligations on all companies to dispose of any old electronic equipment - including computers - in an environmental way. The new regulations - called the Waste Electrical and Electronig Equipment Directive (WEEE) - will affect all those involved in the manufacturing, selling, distributing, recycling or treating of electrical equipment.

“The Far East trip was hugely enlightening for me,” said Peter. “Apart from being exposed to very different cultures we were able to see at first hand some of the world’s latest technological advances at EXPO 2005 and the importance of designing products which have a minimal impact on the environment.

“By contrast, in China we saw a factory that produced – among other things - 1.2m inkjet cartridges a month and employed 6,000 people,” he added. “It was a remarkable experience.”

Most Brother factoris have achieved ISO 14001 accreditation and are committed to producing products that have minimum impact on the environment.

As a main dealer for Brother UK - Walters’ presence on the Far East trip was recognition for the company’s outstanding sales success during the last 12 months.

June 2005

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