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  • Matsushita to Sell Magnesium Alloy TVs for Easy Recycling
  • August 12, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. announced that it will test market from Sept. 1 the TH-21MA1 21-in. TV using thixomolded (injection-molded) magnesium alloy for its housing, which features easy recycling because it is made of metallic materials.
    Because resin-made housing now being used is difficult to recycle, and as efficient recycling methods for reclaimed resins are not established, it is expected that the recycling ratio of TV materials may be limited even after 2001. In that year, a household appliance recycling law is scheduled to be put into effect in Japan, industry observers said.

    Matsushita's test sales are to see potential reactions of the market toward such a product with an eye toward recycling. The company will put stickers on the TV, stating that the model is a "highly recyclable product." It will be the first item in the company's environmentally friendly product series.

    Annual production will be just 1,000 units. The TV will cost 100,000 yen (US$680).

    Related story : Gov't Formulating Guidelines For Environmentally Friendly PCs

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    Updated: Tue Aug 11 18:10:03 1998 PDT