Australasian Cartridge Remanufacturers Association Inc (ACRA)

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ACRA Inc Privacy of Information Policy

Protecting your privacy is important to ACRA. We strive to keep your personal information confidential. In compliance with the Australian Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000 (Cth), ACRA has formulated the following policy as an indication of intent in regards to your private information held as part of the association's operations.

  • This policy is available upon request to anyone requesting such information.
  • The only information held by the association, over which the Act applies comprises:

    • Personal data linked to a primary purpose of member records relating to membership including names and addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses and company data;
    • Names and addresses of trading companies and individuals linked to ACRA Inc as suppliers and debtors;
    • Private details relating to ACRA executive committee and employed staff are electronically maintained in the organisation's computers.
  • The information is collected with your full recognition which involves understanding the purpose and usage of that information.
  • Your information is secured on a database and is not available for any secondary purpose as specified in the Act.  This includes non-disclosure of any member or employee information and a prohibition on the passing on or selling of any personal data. This non-disclosure policy is relayed to any person/organisation requesting such data.
  • Staff and regional representatives involved in the accounting and membership of the association use the information on a day-to-day basis as an intrinsic part of the Association's operation.  These staff have been trained in the provisions of the Act.
  • This information is regularly updated as required.
  • All persons, except employees, on the database, wishing to have their information deleted, shall, respectfully have their wishes carried out.
  • The type of transactions conducted by the Association preclude member anonymity.
  • Hard copy printouts or electronic files from any of the Association's databases are destroyed or securely archived in accordance with legal requirements.
  • Complaints regarding information are to be channelled to the Executive Officer for assessment.

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MFPs are becoming big news for Remanufacturers Multifunction devices that print, scan, fax and copy are growing in use in the small business and home marketplace.


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MFPs are becoming big news for Remanufacturers

Multifunction devices that print, scan, fax and copy are growing in use in the small business and home marketplace.

Shipments of inkjet MFPs worldwide was 51,000,000 in 2006 and will grow to about 70,000,000 by 2010.  Colour laser MFPs will account for about 70,000,000 by the year 2010.

CAUTION: Printing May Be Hazardous to Your Health
A report produced by the Queensland University of Technology's Dr Lidia Morawska and Len Teplin from the Queensland Dept of Public Works has suggested that the laser printer could be as great a hazard to your lungs as puffing on a cigarette. 

In a test site office building 62 different printers were investigated, they ranged from CANON, HP COLOR Laserjet, HP Laserjet, RICOH and TOSHIBA.  From results 37 printers were non-emmitters of micrometer particles, 6 were low, 2 were medium and 17 were high emitters.  The models of high emitters were predominately HP and one TOSHIBA printer.

The report goes on to say that many factors should be considered as to why the models mentioned are high emitters. This could be the age of the machine, the model itself, the cartridge used and age of the cartridge.  Interestingly, the older the cartridge it would appear the fewer the emissions.  Yet another very good reason to remanufacture printer cartridges.

HP for its part has acknowledged the report but makes the very good point  that "while we recognise the utlra-fine, fine, and coarse particles are emitted from printing systems, these levels are consistently below recognised occupational exposure limits."

So the normal OH&S issues apply to the remanufacture of cartirdges and the use of the laser printers.

European Patent Office Revokes Canon Patent on Toner
The European Patent Office (EPO) has revoked the Europe-wide toner remanufacturing patent which it originally granted to Canon in 2005.

ETIRA (European Toner & Inkjet Remanufacturers' Association) showed presented evidence to the EPO Examiners that the Canon patent did not have any innovative component in its claim and therefore was unable to be patented.  For further information on this report consult the Recycler Magazine web site on .

 Printer cartridges can be ridiculously expensive but there are cheaper alternatives, writes Nick Galvin. You can almost feel Kevin Cobley's blood pressure rising when he talks about the cost of inkjet printer cartridges. "I think the whole thing is a scam," he says. "Someone needs to do something about it." read more