24.11.2005: E3B and individual Computers stop selling hardware
Both companies, who became famous for innovative and powerful
hardware expansions for classic Amiga computers, are forced to stop
selling hardware until further notice due to changes in German law.
No hardware is being shipped within the EU, neither to resellers, nor
to direct customers.
According to the national implementation of EU-directive 2002/96/EG
 into German law (Bundesgesetzblatt 2005 Teil I Nr. 17 ) every
vendor in Germany must be registered with the Stiftung EAR . For
vendors from outside Germany, the importer must be registered, in
case the vendor himself is not registered in Germany. This law
applies to all electronic products that are mentioned in rule EAR
03-011 , no matter what country they come from - within or outside
the European union.
The new law aims at vendors and importers, who need to take
resposibility for the electronic devices if they are discarded at the
end of the product's life. Putting electronic devices into
circulation without being registered (indicated by a trashcan symbol)
is against German law since today, and can be penalized with a
monetary fine of up to 50.000,- EUR.
Due to the complicated implementation by German authorities, it's not
easy to estimate the consequences and the new obligations created by
this law. In addition to that, the extremely high administration
effort goes with high fees that must be paid to the Stiftung EAR -
especially smaller companies' existance is endangered by the fees
that are more than one hundred times higher than the recycling cost
itself. individual computers  and E3B , who have been
developing and producing in Germany for many years, are now
evaluating possibilities to comply with the strict rules in a close
cooperation, so customers all over Europe can continue to buy top
quality products from Germany. Both companies want to act responsible
and sustainable in this regard.
Many issues are not yet resolved, therefore both companies cannot
continue to deliver hardware to customers and resellers within the
European union. Customers outside the EU are not affected by this decision.
We're hoping to proceed with the necessary steps in a timely manner.
Unfortunately, the "Stiftung EAR" cannot cope with the bureaucracy
created by their own rules, so our registration number is not yet
assigned. We are of course interested in continuing to offer
innovative products, and will do everything to keep the shortage as
short as possible. We're asking for your indulgence for any inconveniences.
How does this affect the Catwiesel controller ?