AcBel Polytech Inc. 康舒科技

Green Process

Green Cycle

AcBel recognizes the importance of energy efficiency and carbon reduction due to limited Earth resources. We have adopted the concept of a circular economy, integrating circular thinking into the product design phase. Following the principles of the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), we strive for optimal material and energy utilization, emphasizing resource reuse, waste reduction, and minimizing environmental impact throughout the product life cycle. By implementing these measures, we aim to contribute to sustainability and reduce our ecological footprint.

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AcBel has established its own "Environmental Substance Management Guidelines" as the criteria for selecting product components. The company follows green design principles and chooses materials and components that comply with the EU RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) requirements. From customer requirements to product design, supply chain management, manufacturing, shipping, and waste disposal/recycling, all processes adhere to the requirements of customers and the respective countries. AcBel ensures that suppliers provide materials that meet the restrictions on hazardous substances, including lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and four types of phthalates. The content of cadmium should not exceed 0.01wt%, while the other nine substances should not exceed 0.1wt%, as specified in Directive 2011/65/EU and Directive 2015/863/EU.

In response to international environmental regulations and customer requirements, we continuously monitor regulations related to Halogen-Free, EU REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals), SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern), POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants), PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances), and mineral oil control in packaging materials. We also maintain compliance with the IECQ QC080000 Hazardous Substance Management System certification to ensure the effectiveness of our management system.

In 2022, power supply products of AcBel fully complied with the substance restrictions of the EU RoHS directive (Directive 2011/65/EU & 2015/863/EU). All of our power supply products fully complied with the requirement of Mandatory Declarable substances in the IEC 62474. The products covered under the IEC 62474 declaration accounted for 87.60% of the total revenue, while the remaining 12.40% of revenue from non-power supply products were not subject to RoHS and IEC 62474 regulations.

Product Safety Testing Green Design

● Product Energy Efficiency

The main products of AcBel are power supplies. In the life cycle of power supply products, the energy efficiency during the usage phase has a significant impact on electricity consumption and carbon emissions. Conforming to customer requirements and certifications such as Energy Star or 80PLUS (up to Titanium level) through green design ensures that power supply products meet energy efficiency standards, thereby achieving carbon reduction goals.

Due to certifications such as EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) and Energy Star, the overall energy efficiency certification is based on the end products rather than individual power supply products. While all of our power supply products meet the international energy efficiency standards in 2022, they do not require to obtain the Energy Star certification. In 2022, the total revenue of our main products, including laptop adapters/desktop chargers, all-in-one power supplies, desktop computer power supplies, and wall adapters/chargers, amounted to NTD 13.55 billion, accounting for approximately 53.51% of the total revenue.

● Recycled Materials

AcBel collaborates with customers and suppliers to promote the use of recycled materials, with a focus on packaging materials, metals, and plastics. The materials are certified by third-party organizations according to the U.S. Electronic Product Environmental Impact Assessment Tool (EPEAT) specifications and have passed the physical specification standards for recycled materials. Among them, metal materials need to pass the Science Certified System Global Services (SCS) and plastics requirements certified by TUV or UL. Only after the material has passed the test verification (torque, function, appearance, etc.) and is approved by the customer, the company will incorporate it into the power supply product manufacturing process.

AcBel collaborates with customers and suppliers to develop specific projects for the use of recycled materials based on the properties and materials of the original components. The aim is to harness the collective strength of the value chain and increase the proportion of recycled materials in components while ensuring compliance with safety and energy efficiency requirements for power supply products.

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Green Procurement

Suppliers are required to provide "Material Verification Certificates" or comply with the "Environmental Management Substance Specifications" when delivering materials to AcBel. Our Quality Assurance Center conducts regular audits and material inspections of suppliers to reduce the risk of misusing prohibited, restricted, or limited substances. This helps prevent environmental pollution and ensures the health of our employees and users. In 2022, AcBel achieved a 100% green procurement rate in compliance with RoHS Directive, REACH Directive, and the use of lead-free and halogen-free materials.

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Green Production

"Optimizing production efficiency with minimal resources" is achieved by AcBel through the integration of information systems for real-time monitoring and adjustment of production processes. This ensures that the production processes comply with environmental regulations and employ low or zero pollution green processes. The goals of improving energy efficiency and reducing process waste are achieved, leading to a decreased environmental impact from production activities.

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Notes|
1.Work In Process refers to the products that are currently undergoing various stages of manufacturing or processing.
2.Automated Guided Vehicle is an industrial vehicle that operates autonomously or follows predetermined routes and transport goods. It can also tow or pull trailers or carts to designated locations. AGVs can automatically or manually load and unload cargo.

Safety Testing Laboratory

To ensure the safety of users and maintenance personnel, AcBel places a strong emphasis on incorporating safety considerations during the design and manufacturing stages of our power products. We proactively address potential risks and hazards to prevent any potential dangers that may arise during the use or maintenance of our products.

Our Taiwan HQ is equipped with a professional-grade Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) laboratory that complies with the "ISO/IEC 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing calibration laboratories." The laboratory is equipped with advanced testing equipment capable of covering electromagnetic interference (EMI), electromagnetic susceptibility (EMS), and acoustic verification testing for products. It is responsible for conducting safety type verification for over 90% of our company's products, ensuring their appropriateness and safety in compliance with international safety certification regulations and standards. This helps to reduce the risk of product failures that may result in loss of life or property. Additionally, it saves the company approximately 9 million NT dollars in external testing costs annually. For special specification products that cannot undergo internal safety verification, they are sent to qualified third-party verification bodies to ensure compliance with safety regulations.

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Green Packaging

AcBel adopts environmentally-friendly packaging for its products, which is safe for both the ecological environment and human health, and can be reused and recycled. Collaborating with customers and suppliers, AcBel ensures that packaging materials, manufacturing processes, and the use of packaging materials comply with the requirements of ecological environmental protection.

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By redesigning the packaging materials, we have been able to convert the supply paper boxes into shipping-ready paper boxes, resulting in a reduction of over 50% in packaging material usage. Besides, AcBel uses plastic pallets for consolidated shipments, and upon product delivery, we collect and reuse the pallets. Furthermore, for products that require external testing, AcBel utilizes reusable plastic containers for transportation. Based on shipment data from 2019 to 2022, each plastic container has been reused for over 23 times, significantly reducing the consumption of single-use packaging materials.

Green Transportation

By integrating the customer's shipment area, delivery schedule and transportation requirements, we have planned centralized and shared transportation modes to minimize multiple small-scale shipments and reduce carbon emissions during product transportation. Moreover, we have streamlined component delivery and product shipping by utilizing return trips, thereby reducing the number of empty trips for shipping products. We also collaborate with customers to recycle packaging materials. During the delivery, we collect and recycle reusable packaging materials from customers, preparing the empty vehicles for the next shipment.

Quality Management

"Pursuing excellence with a zero-defect mindset" is the quality policy of AcBel. It encompasses sales, design and development, manufacturing, customer service, and continuous improvement activities with a strong commitment to quality. In accordance with the five major stages of product manufacturing: Surface Mount Technology (SMT), Loading/Insertion, Assembly, Testing and Packing, we implement quality management and monitoring mechanisms. With the integration of digitalization and information technology, we ensure the quality of every product produced, aiming to achieve complete customer and consumer satisfaction.

To ensure the quality of electronic products, AcBel implements control measures starting from the source of process materials to prevent greater losses in the later stages of production. Starting from the SMT process, real-time ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) monitoring system is introduced to prevent electronic components from being damaged by electrostatic discharge, which could result in defects in the final products. The smart factory in Tamsui started operation in September 2022, also adheres to ISO cleanroom management standards. It focuses on environmental monitoring, including temperature, humidity, cleanliness and other factors to minimize the risk of product defects caused by environmental factors.

The company ensures product compliance through strict management measures. In 2022, AcBel had no product recalls due to safety issues, and there were no violations of consumer health and safety-related laws, regulations, information, labeling, or penalties related to product compliance.

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Chemicals Management

The main chemical used by AcBel are soldering flux and cleaning agents, such as the 5252 Cleaner. We prioritize the procurement of chemicals that comply with the EU REACH regulation, aiming to minimize the environmental and human health impacts associated with these substances.

Each production site has established occupational safety and health units, following the "Chemical Operation Management Procedures" for chemical management. Operators are required to possess appropriate certifications and wear protective equipment to the provision of secure storage spaces for chemicals, as well as proper disposal and recycling of waste liquids, measures are in place to ensure the safe use of chemicals.

Since the establishment until 2022, no significant chemical or hazardous waste leakage or contamination incidents have occurred at any of the operational bases, resulting in fines from local governments or causing property or personnel losses for the company.

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