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APPLE ELIMINATES CFCs FROM WORLDWIDE MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS

 APPLE ELIMINATES CFCs FROM WORLDWIDE MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS
 CUPERTINO, Calif., July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) today announced that it has completely eliminated the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) to clean electronic assemblies and manufacturing equipment. All Apple factories are using a new assembly technology, that can produce high-quality circuit boards without the need for cleaning. Manufacturing operations that require cleaning have successfully converted to water-based processes.
 "We have eliminated CFC emissions from all our manufacturing sites almost a year ahead of our original schedule," said Fred Forsyth, Apple's senior vice president and general manager of the Macintosh Hardware division. "Our efforts and resources now will focus on helping industry suppliers, competitors and other companies worldwide who have not yet achieved their CFC elimination goals."
 George Allen, a physical and organic chemist who managed the development of Apple's new "no-clean" technology, shared the results of this work at the International Industry Conference for Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro during the 1992 Global Forum of the United Nation's Earth Summit. Apple worked with other electronic companies to develop the new assembly process. Allen continues to help businesses that may benefit from Apple's research to accelerate their CFC elimination programs.
 The electronics industry has long used CFC solvents to clean electronic assemblies and printed circuit boards. The chemicals are believed to contribute to the erosion of the Earth's ozone layer, a natural shield against harmful ultraviolet radiation. Through the 1989 Helsinki Declaration, 81 countries declared their intentions to phase out the use of CFCs by the year 2000. The United States recently moved its target date to 1995.
 Apple began research and development of its new no-clean technology in 1989. Manufacturing facilities in Cork, Ireland; Fremont, Calif.; and Singapore had all successfully incorporated the new assembly process by the end of 1991. Apple's newest plant in Fountain, Colo., went into production in 1991 without the use of CFCs. Through the no-clean technology, Apple's worldwide emissions were reduced from a peak in 1990 of 270,000 pounds of CFC solvent released to less than 2,500 in 1992.
 Although the no-clean technology took longer to develop, test and implement than some other CFC alternatives, the technology allowed Apple to achieve an environmental goal without compromising product quality or worker safety and without relying on other chemicals or processes that have theties include extensive product grants to environmental groups, internal recycling, battery and toner cartridge recycling programs for customers, new environmentally sensitive packaging, an R&D effort to build energy-efficient computers, and environmental volunteer and education programs for employees.
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