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Conflict Minerals Infographic Provides Visual Overview of Important Issue

Austin, TX (PR) January 25, 2012

Venkel Ltd. has released Conflict Minerals 3TG, a Conflict Minerals infographic, designed to provide a visual overview of the issue. While not a new topic of conversation, the mining of minerals in areas where profits support armed conflict or human rights abuses is getting increased attention as of late. Especially of interest are those minerals mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The minerals mined from this area are Tungsten, Tantalum, Tin and Gold, often referred to collectively as 3TG. Businesses that rely on these substances, most commonly those involved in the production of electronic devices and jewelry, are becoming more concerned with the conditions under which these substances are obtained. Venkel has released the infographic as an educational resource on this important issue.

Venkel Ltd. offers a complete line of Surface Mount Components including Capacitors, Resistors, Inductors, Ferrite Beads, Thermistors, Choke Coils and Resistor Networks. Founded in 1986, the privately-held, family-operated company provides components in prototype-to-production quantities as well as Supply Chain Management Services to OEMs, Contract Manufacturers, Distributors and Engineering Firms. Venkel is based in Austin, TX and has offices in California and Toronto, Canada.

This is the second of several infographics pertaining to environmental issues that we intend on releasing as educational resources for interested parties. An infographic of the Conflict Minerals issue is of particular interest since it highlights human rights abuses and not merely issues of the environment. We wanted to do our part in raising awareness, especially among those in our industry, and are hopeful that it will be a helpful tool, said Alex Rivera, Environmental Compliance Manager for Venkel.

The infographic includes a brief definition of a conflict mineral, a map showing worldwide production of each mineral, the estimated amount of funds that are going to the armed conflict within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and a list of the major players involved in the trade of these minerals. Also included is a listing of several human rights groups that have more information on the subject.

Venkel Ltd., a supplier of Surface Mount Capacitors, Resistors, Inductors and other Surface Mount Components, recently released RoHS: Past, Present, Future a RoHS infographic that provides a visual summary of the well-known, broad-reaching directive.