Wipro Infotech launches its 'Green' PC range
"In our desktop, the PVC and BFR are replaced with alternate chemicals for which we worked with 36 overseas suppliers and it took us two years to develop these chemicals," says Ashok Tripathy, General Manager and Head, Computing Business, Wipro. According to Tripathy, the desktop is 100 percent recyclable and doesn't cause any harm to the environment, because the carcinogenic materials - PVC and BFRs - are not present.
BFRs are added to materials to slow down their rate of combustion and they have toxic properties and also have a tendency to accrue in the environment. PVC is a plastic material used widely by the electronics industry mainly as an insulator and coating for electric cables. Both PVC and BFR are not easily biodegradable and therefore pose a serious threat to the environment.
Though, the price of the desktop was not revealed, Sankaran says that there won't be much price difference when compared to the normal PCs. The company will manufacture these desktops in its manufacturing plants at Pondicherry and Kotdwar, Uttarakhand. Wipro also plans to introduce laptops to the Greenware range, in the next phase.
Sankaran says, that though there is no government regulations in India like Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliance, organizations should take initiatives to use such products. "From 2007, all products manufactured by us are RoHS compliant," says Sankaran. From February 2003, European Union has adopted the RoHS compliance. Through this launch, Wipro aims to influence the overall PC market to create greener products that are free from PVC and BFR.
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