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Material Compliance

Material Compliance

European regulations such as REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) and RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) restrict the use of certain chemicals and hazardous substances in industrial products. For manufacturers and distributors of such products, this means an obligation to prove the conformity of their own products with these and, depending on the market, other international regulations.

Comprehensive knowledge of the material composition of our own products is required to provide reliable proof of conformity. This applies both to parts manufactured in-house and to parts purchased from suppliers. A wide range of products, a large number of variants, high product complexity and sales in many different markets result in a great deal of effort in managing Material Compliance and entail the risk of unconscious and unintentional violations. If such violations are discovered, there is a risk of consequences such as sales and export stops, fines, supply chain problems and loss of customers. The members of the management are personally liable here.

The way to reliably ensure Material Compliance is through digital processes and IT solutions that create a corresponding data flow from the supplier to purchasing and development to sales. This ensures complete transparency and allows compliance to be checked for all conceivable product configurations at the touch of a button.

Sleep more soundly knowing that you have no loose ends when it comes to Material Compliance and at the same time create the basis for other environmental and future topics such as CO2 reduction and the circular economy!

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The five pillars of Material Compliance

Material Compliance serves to ensure that the use of certain (toxic) substances in products sold complies with legislation and customer requirements.

Consulting Services for Material Compliance

Your challenges:

  • Regulatory and legal complexity of regulations and requirements in different countries and regions 
  • Monitoring and ensuring supplier compliance and maintaining accurate material data 
  • Limited financial resources and expertise to manage requirements while integrating Material Compliance into the innovation process without delaying time to market

UNITY solution approach:

  • Analyze and evaluate the status quo and then develop and implement a tailored compliance strategy 
  • Select and implement a global compliance management system & use software solutions for data management 
  • Introduce a transparent supplier evaluation and monitoring system 
  • Make more efficient use of resources through process automation and integration of Material Compliance as part of the innovation cycle 
  • Employee training and empowerment at all levels



Project Stories Material Compliance

  • Development of Future Scenarios
  • Process analysis for an integrated view of the DMU equipment process
  • Successful Technology Strategy Delivers Comfort in the Cabin Area
  • Graduated scheme to establish an integrated Systems Engineering approach
  • Uniformly defined product development process
  • Systems Engineering Quick Check
  • Systems Engineering Certification Training
  • Innovative sewing and assistance system
  • Systems Engineering Training & Coaching
  • Systems Engineering Training Program
  • Efficiency Increase in Development Projects
  • Reduced project duration by restructuring the R&D Department
  • Products and the R&D organization positioned for the future
  • Systems Engineering Certification Training
  • Worldwide PDM System Replacement
  • External Project Management and Coaching for PLM Implementation

Your contacts for Material Compliance

Dr.-Ing. Jens Standke

Principal, Head of PLM & Digital Twin

Cologne, Germany
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Markus J. Kelch


Munich, Germany
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Andreas von Normann-Ehrenfels


Stuttgart, Germany
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Magnus Meier

Partner, Head of Business Area

Munich/Stuttgart, Germany
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