TCO Certified Edge Award for NEC MultiSync® EA222WMe

London, 13 September 2010 – The NEC MultiSync® EA222WMe 22" display is the world’s first display to have been awarded the new TCO Certified Edge Award for a halogen-free display. With this new certification program, Swedish firm TCO Development is conferring awards on user and eco-friendly ICT products that go beyond the specifications for conventional TCO certification. The key to the energy-saving, wide-format model with LED backlights award was NEC’s achievement in designing new display products free from halogen.

 TCO Development has been setting international standards for years in terms of the certification of the eco-friendliness and ergonomics of PC products. The additional TCO Certified Edge certification program has now been developed to identify innovative, high-end products in order to encourage their further development and make it easier for customers to “buy green”. Eligible for the award are all TCO-certified products that have demonstrated particular innovation in terms of user-friendliness / human factors or have a proven reduced environmental impact.

The NEC MultiSync® EA222WMe is the first display in the world to receive the TCO Certified Edge Award. The decision was based on NEC Display Solutions’ pledge to continuously reduce the use of substances that are hazardous to health and the environment, such as halogens, in its products. Halogens are often used as cheap and simple fire retardants or as “plasticizers” in electronic equipment.

“The fact that we are now able to announce a product that has eliminated the halogens chlorine and bromine completely is a huge step in creating greater sustainability in the design of PC products – which is the main objective of the TCO Certified program. By working closely with industry and other stakeholders, we now see the result of many years effort to find alternative materials that are less hazardous to the earth and human health, while still retaining the fire safety assurance that users demand. This is exactly what the TCO Certified program is designed to do and we applaud NEC on its efforts to reach this landmark”, says Soren Enholm, CEO TCO Development.

"NEC’s Green Vision philosophy aligns very well with the TCO certification program with tough requirements that the product should offer both high performance and minimal impact on the environment. We are very proud to be the first display vendor with a TCO Certified Edge designation for a monitor free from halogen, and it is a significant proof that our innovations for greener IT products are at the cutting edge”, says Clemens von Braunmuehl, Manager Product Management EMEA, NEC Display Solutions Europe GmbH.

TCO Certified is a third party certification for high performance ICT products that are also designed for minimal environmental impact. Since 1992 the TCO certification program has had a significant influence on improved image quality and ergonomics for displays, as well as the reduction of electromagnetic emissions from ICT products. Energy efficiency and reduced usage of hazardous substances are also key aspects of the TCO Certification. Products covered by the TCO certification program are notebooks and desktops PCs, displays, phone headsets and since 2009 projectors. With TCO Certified it is easy to choose IT equipment that is designed for the benefit of both the user and the environment. TCO Development, the company behind TCO Certified, is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with regional presence in Asia and North America.

For more information see: www.tcodevelopment.com

NEC Display Solutions Europe GmbH has its European headquarters in Munich, Germany and is responsible for all business activities in EMEA, divided into the four sales regions Northern Europe, Western and Southern Europe, Central Europe, Eastern and South-East Europe with Middle East/Africa. NEC Display Solutions benefits from the technological know-how and technologies of the NEC Corporation and, with its own Research and Development, is one of the world's leading manufacturers offering the widest product range of display solutions in the market. The display product portfolio ranges from entry-level to professional and speciality desktop LCDs, via large-size Public Displays for Digital and Retail Signage. The Projector range offers products for all needs, from portable devices via business projectors to products for permanent operation (such as PoS applications) and digital cinema projectors. Managing Director of the European head office is Bernd Eberhardt.

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