TAG Outlines Environmental Policy for RF Label Production

The volume of RF EAS labels imported into the UK from China each year is in excess of 400 million. RF Labels form a crucial part of a retailer’s solution set for the prevention against theft of goods that costs the UK retailer sector over £2Bn per year.

The vast majority of RF Labels coming into the UK are produced in China, with a manufacturing process that involves aggressive acid etching of aluminium foil to create the RF circuit. The by-products of this etching process include Hydrogen Chloride and Hydrochloric effluents. The Chinese Government and international community have long raised concerns over the environmental effects of the growing RF label production in China, and are now acting on these. In the latest edition of the Chinese Environmental Production Law, Chinese authorities are considering the closure of all production facilities that manufacture RF Labels that do not comply with environmental regulations.

Over the past 10 years, the market price for RF Labels in the UK has decrease significantly, driven by retailers taking advantage of a seemingly price sensitive commodity - sold in a sector of retail technology with no globally approved quality standards, and funded by more and more low cost Chinese producers coming to market. In the coming 24 months, global RF label prices may fall further as producers look to maximise their output rather than invest in Green Technologies.

As part of TAG’s Green Policy, all RF labels supplied by TAG comply with new Chinese regulations. All labels are manufactured at China’s first production facility to have invested in a cleaning system that recycles and neutralises the corrosive waste material to levels well below the allowable limits. With a production capacity of up to 1 Billion pcs per annum - manufacturing an RF Label with a high detection and deactivation performance, TAG’s RF Label programme is sustainable and quality assured.

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