About Us

 

PHILOSOPHY

Our aim is to provide a friendly and flexible service, where customers are not just a number. Despite a worldwide decline in Electronic Repairs, we support the Repair Industry by continuing to invest in the Components, Spare Parts and Materials that it requires.

HISTORY

1975: Establishment of TV Service Business serving the Sydney area
1978: Commencement of Spare Parts Importing. First customers were Spare Parts Wholesalers
1979: Business is incorporated
1980: Small-scale PCB Manufacturing commences. Products then were replacement SMPS modules and Thickfilm units used in the repair of early Australian and imported Colour TV’s
1983:
STAR COMPONENTS is registered as a separate business name under the holding company. Formed for the sole purpose of formal distribution of Spare Parts and Electronic Components to the Electronic Service Industry.
1985: Cessation of all repair work. Concentration on Spare Parts/Components Wholesaling. The product range then was small, numbering some 1000 items. Today that number is approaching 15,000.
2012: 33 years on - the business operates under the same management and ownership and continues to support the Electronic Service Industries as it has since inception

 

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS
Worldwide, since the 1990’s, we have seen a dramatic rise in the amount of Electronic Waste (‘E-Waste’) being generated. This has serious ramifications for the environment. Firstly there is potential poisoning of our soil by E-Waste, caused by chemicals inside electronic equipment that is consigned to landfill. Such chemicals can leach into our water table, contaminating it for generations to come.

Secondly there is the waste of raw materials. Consumer Electronic Devices contain precious metals and other substances, which are often not recovered when equipment is retired. Gold, Silver and Tantalum are not endlessly abundant and even if they were, the recovery process itself consumes energy, energy that could be saved if equipment life cycles were extended.

Over the last 15 years there has been a gradual decline in the lifespan of domestic electronic equipment. For TV’s this used to be 10-20 years. Now it is down to 3-10 years. When you halve the lifespan of equipment, you double the amount of E-Waste being generated. We are now living in a ‘throwaway society’ where over-consumption leads to over-production.

Current consumer thinking as to whether electronic equipment such as Television Sets should be repaired or replaced has become one-sided.

Why is this so? It is because two factors and not one need to be taken into consideration, when deciding whether to repair or to buy new. Yet the current reality is that consumers only take the economic side into account. This situation is made worse by the retail price destruction that is taking place, where TV sets that once sold for $3000, now are being offered for $800 and less.

So what is being totally overlooked by consumers is the second factor and that is the Carbon Footprint of TV Production. This footprint is about the same for an $800 TV as it was for a $3000 one or for that matter, a $30 DVD Player versus a $300 one.

So when prices fall, like they have been doing since 2009, Repairs decrease whilst TV production increases, therefore increasing our Carbon Footprint. This is something that remains unchallenged and is in stark contrast to current trends where the drive is on to reduce our overall Carbon Footprint.

Whilst Governments enact new legislation on how to deal with E-Waste, there is very little mainstream debate about product life-cycle extension. But this is a discussion that we should be having.

Over the last 15 years there has been a gradual decline in the lifespan of domestic electronic equipment. For TV’s this used to be 10-20 years. Now it is down to 3-10 years. If you double the life cycle of equipment, you halve the amount of E-Waste. In other words much is being talked about effects and how to deal with the aftermath, rather than actual causes of the problem and therefore prevention.

Regrettably powerful commercial interests, through relentless media bombardment since the1990’s, have successfully realigned consumer-thinking into embracing the new ‘update’, ‘upgrade’ mentality, where it is considered the norm to buy new, rather than repair and maintain that which already exists.

Unfortunately the very same mainstream media has vested interests and these lie with the Retailers and Manufacturers and not the Repair Industry! They will not broadcast messages advocating conservation through product life-cycle extension. For to do so, could cause consumers to question the current fashion of whether buying new each time something breaks down, is the correct way of going about things.

After all, a 5% reduction in sales could result in a 5% reduction in advertising revenue, so the mainstream media is always going to be more interested in promoting sales, rather than product life cycle extension.

Furthermore Government policies are fixated on economic growth and healthy retail sales are part and parcel of the indices that are used to measure economic performance, so the Electronic Trades cannot expect much help to come from these quarters either.

Also worth noting here, is the fact that more labour content is inherent in the repair of equipment, than there is in selling it. Most importantly, this labour content is 100% local, whereas only a small percentage of the man-hours required in production and marketing of new equipment is local content.

But Corporations handle the marketing of new equipment, whereas Repairs are handled by small businesses with no collective voice… So the positive contribution that the Repair Industry makes towards the reduction of E-Waste is not being acknowledged, let alone promoted.

We however intend to do what we can to keep these issues alive by promoting awareness of what is at stake and the need to focus on prevention first, rather than on the cure… We will continue to lobby Government and Environmental Organizations on behalf of the Service Industry thereby promoting the merits of Product Life-Cycle Extension.

The establishment of this website is primarily aimed at streamlining the procurement of Spare Parts, Components and Materials as needed by the Electronic Services Trade, thereby encouraging the repair and maintenance of Electronic Equipment.