AIM Solder: First Shipment of CFTI Material Scheduled to Arrive August 15th, 2013

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AIM Solder, a partner in the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative (CFTI), is pleased to announce that the initial order of tin through a controlled CFTI supply chain in the South Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is scheduled to arrive at the AIM Montreal plant on the 15th of August. The origin mine is validated as conflict-free by a multi-stakeholder team, including officials of the Congolese Government, the United Nations, the German Geological Service, and PACT.

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AIM is proud to be part of the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative program and we invite other component suppliers and manufacturers to participate in this global cause.

AIM Solder, a partner in the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative(CFTI), is pleased to announce that the initial order of tin through a controlled CFTI supply chain in the South Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is scheduled to arrive at the AIM Montreal plant on the 15th of August. The origin mine is validated as conflict-free by a multi-stakeholder team, including officials of the Congolese Government, the United Nations, the German Geological Service, and PACT.

In 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act was passed in the US, focusing on human rights and conflict minerals, making companies responsible for sourcing conflict-free materials. The CFTI has created a tightly controlled supply chain which provides a way for companies worldwide to purchase conflict-free materials from the Eastern DRC in such a way that complies with the Reform Act in pursuit of better mining methods, economic development, and regional stability for the people of the DRC.

“AIM is proud to be part of the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative program and we invite other component suppliers and manufacturers to participate in this global cause.” said David Suraski, Executive Vice President, Assembly Materials Division. “Along with uplifting the people of the region the Initiative will establish a degree of transparency in electronic devices for consumers.”

Along with AIM Solder, other industry partners include Royal Philips Electronics, Motorola Solutions, BlackBerry and Fairphone. The Dutch government has lead numerous industry partners along the supply chain, from the mine to the end user, successfully gaining support from local exporters and mining cooperatives to create this initiative. Support is also provided by the United States and Congolese governments.

For more information about AIM and the company’s commitment to environmental and social responsibility visit http://www.aimsolder.com/environmental-conflict-metal-policies. For more information about the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative and to follow its project timeline visit http://solutions-network.org/site-cfti/.

Resources
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (2013); http://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/DRC-congo-conflict-free-tin-kalimbi-mine
Conflict-Free Tin Initiative (2013); http://solutions-network.org/site-cfti/

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Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, AIM Solder is a leading global manufacturer of assembly materials with manufacturing, distribution and support facilities located throughout the world. AIM produces advanced solder products such as solder paste, liquid flux, cored wire, bar solder, epoxies, lead-free and halogen-free solder products, preforms, and specialty alloys such as indium and gold for a broad range of industries. A recipient of many prestigious SMT industry awards, AIM is strongly committed to innovative research and development of product and process improvement as well as providing customers with superior technical support, service and training. For more information about AIM, visit http://www.aimsolder.com.

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