Experience

thinkstep is a global sustainability software company with 250 sustainability experts in 28 offices across 19 countries. 40% of the Global Fortune 500 companies rely on thinkstep sustainability software solutions. For example, thinkstep provides the leading life cycle assessment software GaBi which has 20,000 users in more than 20 different industry sectors. Further details about thinkstep can be found at www.thinkstep.com.

thinkstep has an established track record in helping companies across Europe and in the US to comply with WEEE, RoHS, Batteries and Packaging requirements.

Comments from thinkstep clients

Achieving world class Environmental Compliance program is very challenging. With global regulations constantly changing, it literally takes an army of skilled, knowledgeable personnel to keep up with and implement such a program. For smaller companies such as Nutanix, the only option really is partnering with a company like thinkstep.I have been a customer of thinkstep for 8 years at two different companies. There are several reasons I have stayed with them:

  • Pan-European Approach: thinkstep offers an innovative, cost effective pan-European, web based, WEEE Compliance System. In my experience, this is a unique differentiator that allows Nutanix to meet our WEEE compliance requirements without the need, expense and complexity of hiring compliance personnel in all 28 EU Member States.
  • Broad-based Compliance Schemes: thinkstep offers a complete suite of Compliance offerings beyond WEEE. We have also engaged thinkstep to join and maintain manufacturer membership in compliance schemes for Batteries and Packaging. They handle all the administrative aspects including reporting compliance data to each scheme for each compliance reporting period on our behalf.
  • Reduce Costs: We’ve been able to reduce our costs by passing the WEEE collection costs on to business end-users using thinkstep’s suggested ’cost sharing’ approach.
  • Rapid time to compliance: They have a well-established, auditable, programmatic path to compliance that allows us to quickly start selling into EU member states in a matter of a few weeks as our business expands. The process is very lightweight and flexible.
  • Compliance Updates: thinkstep provide regular compliance updates that highlight potential risk areas. This again means we don’t have to study and understand how each Directive is implemented across all 28 Member States.
I highly recommend thinkstep - they have been a great partner throughout the years.

 

David Sangster, VP Operations, Nutanix Inc.

Meggitt Sensing Systems – a division of Meggitt PLC find thinkstep’s WEEE & Batteries management tool an indispensable service in meeting product compliance requirements where a single pan-European EEE or batteries compliance solution does not currently exist. By using the thinkstep service, the burden of compliance in terms of cost & time are significantly reduced in what is a constantly-changing situation across participating member States.
Meggitt Sensing Systems are able to draw on subject-matter experts to gain succinct and comprehensive information to allow Meggitt products to be placed on the EU market in both a compliant and cost-effective manner.

Kerrill Grealy, HSE Director, Meggitt Sensing Systems

thinkstep’s managed EU WEEE, Batteries and Packaging compliance solution is an indispensable service to Illumina and guarantees that we are meeting our ongoing WEEE, Batteries and Packaging compliance responsibilities across Europe for registration, collection, recycling and data reporting.

Obed Varela, MSc, CSP, Associate Director, Illumina

thinkstep’s legal assessment and compliance action plan for our B2C products was very detailed and professional. We picked the right company to help Actiontec out!

David Greenberg, Director of Quality Assurance, Actiontec Electronics Inc.

Incorporating the thinkstep web-based WEEE compliance system into our company's website was straightforward. The WEEE web pages look great and provide our customers with a very easy method for properly disposing of their waste instruments

Brian Blackburn, Operations Manager, TSI Instruments Ltd

We had very little knowledge of how to determine our company's exposure to the WEEE and RoHS Directives prior to thinkstep's consultation. Their attention to detail and responsiveness was excellent. I would highly recommend thinkstep to any corporation.

Lon Plourde, EEE & RoHS Compliance Manager, ViaSat, Inc.

thinkstep's clarity and guidance concerning the RoHS and WEEE regulations provided Labcyte with a concise direction and a clear path to meet its regulatory obligations. thinkstep's timely service helped to reduce the amount of resources Labcyte would have had to allocate to research this area on our own.

Willy Sagun, Staff Engineer, Labcyte, Inc.

thinkstep gave clarity to the requirements of the WEEE and RoHS Directives through their experience and insight. With an extremely fast and detailed response to our enquiry, they provided the highest value for a consulting service I have experienced.

Frank Gazzano, Vice President of Technology, Textron Professional Tools

We are very happy with the excellent service and assistance that thinkstep has provided over the last year or so.

Mike King, QA/RA Manager, Stryker UK Ltd

We would like to thank thinkstep for their outstanding support in helping us get our WEEE website live.

Yvonne Utzig , Senior Quality Manager, 3PAR Inc.

We are very pleased with thinkstep’s WEEE compliance report which was very extensive and well prepared. This will be a very useful benchmark and guide to guarantee our compliance in terms of WEEE regulations. It has been a pleasure working with thinkstep.

Filippo Secchi, Director Stategic Marketing NPWT, Smith & Nephew

Clients include

AB SCIEX Smiths Medical TE Connectivity
Meggitt Sensing Systems Corning Life Sciences Smith & Nephew
Emerson Sony Mobile EMC
Barco Pure Storage Qualcomm
ABB Instrumental IDEXX Laboratories PerkinElmer
Smiths Detection Control Techniques ELO Touch Solutions
ViaSat Zimmer Cooper Industries
Radware Corning Cable Systems StartTech.com
Nutanix Tintri TSI Instruments

thinkstep has provided WEEE and RoHS compliance services to companies based in the US, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Sweden and Israel.  thinkstep is one of the companies listed on the US Department of Commerce's dedicated webpages to advise US companies on how to comply with the WEEE Directive across Europe www.buyusa.gov/europeanunion/weee.html.

Summary of bespoke WEEE and RoHS consultancy projects
Company Project
Cooper Industries WEEE and RoHS compliance road map and implementation training for six companies from UK, Germany and France
HID Corporation Case to European Commission for exemption of passive RFIDs from RoHS Directive
Emerson Guidance on accounting for costs and future liabilities arising from new and historic WEEE
Smiths Aerospace Electronic Systems RoHS compliance strategy and implementation training
NICE CTI WEEE compliance assessment and ecodesign review

We have also worked with a number of companies to help them reduce manufacturing and assembly costs through EcoDesign.