PennEngineering® Announces Expanded Lead-Free Initiative Promoting Environmental, Sustainability, and Marketplace Objectives

PennEngineering®, a global pioneer for 75 years in the development and manufacture of precision fasteners and systems, announces that it now uses lead-free material for the manufacture of its entire cataloged product line of steel fasteners. This strategic industry leadership action is being implemented to eliminate any potential lead-related environmental issues, underscore a longstanding role as environmentally friendly manufacturer, promote overall sustainability objectives, and provide the marketplace with the capability to plan and develop completely lead-free products and components.

The lead-free steel fasteners are made possible by applying new materials, processes, and tool technologies without compromising fastener quality and performance. The conversion applies to all current production at PennEngineering manufacturing facilities around the world.

The action additionally reinforces PennEngineering’s leadership stature in the regulatory arena, notably regarding an expected European Commission deadline for all manufacturers in 2019. The deadline is related to the Commission’s RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substance) Directive, which became effective in 2006. The directive stipulates that new electrical and electronic equipment must not contain specified hazardous substances, including the intentional addition of lead for any purpose, unless permitted by exemption. Exemptions are subject to periodic review and will not be renewed when alternatives become commercially viable. This new company initiative makes PennEngineering steel fasteners RoHS-compliant without the use of any exemptions.

Internationally recognized and respected fastener and installation equipment brands under the PennEngineering umbrella include PEM®, microPEM®, PEMSERTER®, PROFIL®, Atlas®, PennAuto™, LinkTool™ Group, and Heyco®. All contribute to the Company’s mission to solve customer assembly challenges in the electronics, computer, data/telecom, consumer electronics, medical, automotive, marine, aviation and avionics, metalworking, and industrial manufacturing industry categories.

Founded in 1942 and headquartered in Danboro, PA, USA, PennEngineering operates state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and key sales offices across North America, Europe, and Asia and is supported by a worldwide technical sales network tailored to customer needs and markets.