non-OEM cartriges quality: 150,000€ invested in R&D by ARMOR Office Printing in 2018 to follow the EU directives.
In a controversial context regarding the presence on the European market of “new-built” cartridges that do not comply with the regulations in force, ARMOR Office Printing, a member of ETIRA, shares its commitment to produce cartridges that meet the safety and security criteria of European standards.
To meet these requirements, ARMOR Office Printing invested 150K€ in R&D in 2018.
ETIRA (1) raises the alarm
The management of the OEM and remanufactured cartridges in Europe is very strict. The various regulations include the conformity of the cartridges with European standards (WEEE, REACH and RoHS directives) and the intellectual property framework.
They are intended to protect the health and living environment of the European Union citizens while ensuring the sustainability of the products. These regulations apply to printing consumables produced in Europe, but according to ETIRA, European border control is not enough to protect the user and inform them towards the composition of these “new-built” non-OEM cartridges imported in Europe.
On 27 September 2018, ETIRA issued a statement alerting the presence on the European market of “new-built” non-OEM cartridges with a hazardous level of chemical content (including DecaBDE (2).
« As of today, more than 5 million “new-built” non-OEM cartridges, and so potentially not reusable, are present on the European market (3). This is the overall quality of the offer and the security of the users, which are at stake. Choosing a cartridge remanufactured by ARMOR means choosing a consumable that is eco-responsible » explains Gerwald van der Gijp, Managing Director of ARMOR Office Printing and member of the Board of Directors of ETIRA.
ARMOR Office Printing: thirty years of Quality commitment
With thirty years of industrial know-how, ARMOR Office Printing became an expert in the production of remanufactured printing consumables. As a proof of its leadership in the market, ARMOR Office Printing’s print cartridges cover more than 90% of the European fleet.
In 2018, ARMOR Office Printing invested € 150,000 in R & D to remanufacture printing consumables complying with the REACH, CLP, RoHS and WEEE European directives. Partners and end-users are sure that those cartridges are safe for both the end-user and the environment.
Furthermore, ARMOR Office Printing commits itself to respect the European Intellectual Property Directives for the design of its cartridges.
1). European Toner and Inkjet Remanufacturers Association
2). From 2008 (REACh), European Union prohibits the use of DecaBDE (de´cabromodiphe´nyle´ther) beyond 1000ppm in electronical and electrical devices (including the printing consumables), and completely bans it from several other products.
3). There are 130 million cartridges introduced on the European market each year, for a market (ink and laser) worthing 17 billion euros.
ARMOR is a manufacturer with expertise in ink formulation and the thin-layered coating of thin-film. The group is the world leader in the design and manufacture of thermal transfer ribbons for use in the printing of bar codes and the multi-faceted traceability of packaging.
As the European leader for innovative and sustainable printing services and consumables, the group is a pioneer in the development and production of industrial inks and innovative materials, such as organic solar films, coated current collectors for electric batteries and custom-made additive manufacturing filaments.
ARMOR operates internationally, with almost 1,900 employees throughout roughly 20 countries. In 2017, it achieved a turnover of €256 million. Every year, the group invests almost €13 million in research and development in France.
ARMOR is a responsible and committed player dedicated to societal innovation.