IPC Staff Meets With Leadership of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

IPC staff met with the leadership of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), Canada’s largest trade and industry association, to discuss working together to best serve members in Canada, multinational companies with facilities in Canada, and non-Canadian members conducting business in Canada. Dr. Jayson Myers, CME President and CEO, and Birgit Matthiesen, Special Advisor for CME, and IPC staff expressed a mutual desire to support companies in the electronic interconnect industry. IPC staff sought out CME assistance to work on issues relevant to both industry trade associations. IPC has more than 130 active member facilities located in Canada.

IPC is currently working with CME in addressing the Canada’s Chemical Management Plan’s proposal to ban Rosin, a important substance used in the electronic interconnect industry, from all products manufactured and sold in Canada. IPC responded to this proposal, telling regulators it “is gravely concerned” with the proposal, since there is no viable alternative. A ban “would make it difficult for electronics manufacturing to continue in Canada”. Ongoing cross border collaborative efforts with CME are underway to ensure that the Canadian government is informed of the affects of additional proposed banned substances on the electronic interconnect industry.

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