PETMA members are committed to a shared sustainability philosophy undertaking practices that create value for society today… and the generations of tomorrow.
PETMA members take their responsibility to environmental issues seriously. They recognise that the need to protect and sustain the environment is an integral component of good business practice. The power tool industry is highly competitive and innovative. As manufacturers, PETMA members consistently look for ways of reducing their energy use. Their R&D facilities all take account of the rising cost and security of supply of primary raw materials, especially rare earths and minerals, when designing new products.
Cordless power tools are the fastest growing segment of the power tool market and this trend is expected to continue. Cordless power tools use various rechargeable battery chemistries as their source of energy. Power tool manufacturers choose the rechargeable battery chemistry that delivers as closely as possible the customer's expectations taking into account all aspects of battery performance, including robustness, charge / discharge control, storage limitations imposed by battery drain (self-discharge), cost and environmental implications for each type of power tool at a price that the customer is willing to pay. The 2 main rechargeable battery chemistries currently in use are Lithium-Ion and Nickel Metal Hydride. Lithium-Ion has become the dominant chemistry.