Matsushita, parent of Panasonic, held an environmental press event in London yesterday, declaring itself the first flatscreen maker to removed lead from all its plasma panels, in order to comply with the latest environmental guidelines.
Lead Oxide has been a staple ingredient in plasma display glass, and is used to make glass soft in order to incorporate and bond the assorted electrodes and dielectric layers which build up to produce the glass substrate.
The company has replaced lead oxide with bismuth, which the brand’s Nigel Thomas says functions in the same way and has no impact on performance or durability of the screens.
In addition to the elimination of lead, the company says it has assessed its PDP range to find new ways to make it more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. As compared to the models in 2005, the new range of VIERA PDPs have had their overall weight reduced by 20 per cent and their number of components by 30 per cent.
The company says that it has also removed lead from all it’s own-produced print-circuit boards and components.