CRANSTON, RI –
AIM, a global manufacturer of solder assembly materials, announces its partnership with the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative, whose goal is to create regulated tin supply chains from the South-Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Initiative’s goal is to introduce a conflict-free supply chain that will renew the economy of the area since firms are reluctant to purchase any minerals from the region due to “conflict metal” regulations. The Initiative is supported by the U.S., Dutch and DCR governments along with 175 stakeholders representing various industries. The infrastructure has been put in place and the first purchase order from the secure mine site was placed in August of 2012. There is a traceability program that partners the supply chain together from the mine to the smelter that will ensure the legitimacy of the tin.
AIM stands with such firms as Philips Electronics, Intel, HP and Motorola in their commitment to the success of this pilot program and welcomes companies such as component manufacturers and end-users to join them since the success depends on industry participation.
“AIM is proud to be part of a program that will bring economic relief and renewed hope to the people of the DRC,” said David Suraski, Executive Vice President, Assembly Materials Division. “It is the responsibility of every firm in our industry to obtain our raw materials from sustainable and socially just sources and this program is an important step in a global movement towards that.”
For more information about AIM Metals and Alloys and its commitment to environmental and social responsibility regarding its solder products, visit www.aimsolder.com
For more information about the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative and to follow its project timeline, visit http://solutions-network.org/site-cfti/