Author Archives: Ron Chamrin

IPC Government Relations Manager

Director of DoD Industrial Policy announced as keynote speaker for upcoming IPC conference

Brett B. Lambert, Director of Industrial Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, will be the keynote speaker at an upcoming IPC Conference for the North American EMS Industry: What it Takes to Supply the Military. Mr. Lambert serves as the principle advisor on all matters relating to the defense […]

Register for Federal Business Opportunities

Are you interested in doing business with the federal government? If so, you must be registered in the Central Contractor Registration database (https://www.bpn.gov/ccr/).  Creating a profile in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and keeping it current ensures that your business has access to federal contracting opportunities. Once you are registered, your company can conduct business […]

Is Your Company Having Difficulties with Export Issues such as China’s Conformity Assessment?

A number of U.S. companies have encountered challenges with exporting products and services in to the Chinese market. The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) is seeking industry input for a new project intended to address specific problems U.S. companies are having with “conformity assessment” issues in China. A conformity assessment is the comprehensive term for […]

Research and Development Tax Credit Extension Passes U.S. Senate

On March 10 the U.S. Senate passed by vote of 62 to 36 “The American Workers, State, and Business Tax Relief Act” (H.R. 4213) that includes a seamless one year extension of the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit through the end of December 31, 2010. IPC, and fellow members of the R&D Credit Coalition, […]

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, […]

COMPANIES OF ALL SIZES NOW ELIGIBLE FOR TAX RELIEF IN 2008 AND 2009 IN U.S.

Net operating loss (NOL) relief, an IPC 2009 legislative goal, became a reality for electronics companies when the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 (H.R. 3548) was signed into law Friday. The NOL relief provision in the bill expands the NOL refund eligibility to medium- and large-sized companies that were previously excluded from […]

Solar Technology Roadmap Act Passed by U.S. House of Representatives

It appears that Arizona was the epicenter for all things solar Thursday.  The U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Solar Technology Roadmap Act” which is sponsored by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords representing Arizona’s eight district. This action by Congress occurred just one hour after the “Outlook for the Solar Market” presentation during the IPC Executive Industry Summit […]

GOOD NEWS: ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY UNAFFECTED AFTER A YEAR OF EFFORTS

A recent Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) ruling found that inaccessible electronic components in children’s products will not be subject to the lead limits that were enacted last summer under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). This finding is critical to the electronics industry because electronics manufacturers building children’s products will not need to meet CPSIA lead limits, which are lower than the limits in the European Union Restriction on Hazardous Substances Directive.

In the same ruling, CPSC stated that inaccessible component parts do not have to be tested and certified as to the lead content. This means that electronics manufacturers will not be required to conduct expensive third party testing of inaccessible component parts for lead content.

Members of Congress Listen to IPC Members and Pledge Their Support of Important Legislation

As a result of member lobbying during IPC Capitol Hill Day last month, three members of Congress have recently pledged their support of a H.R. 422, a permanent research and development (R&D) tax credit bill. IPC members were also successful in advocating the importance of expanding Net Operating Loss (NOL) tax relief to companies of all sizes and extending NOL relief to 2009.

Write a letter to your member of Congress in support of these important issues! By taking action, you can influence your legislators on issues that benefit your business and the industry. Sample letters on a permanent R&D tax credit and NOL relief are posted on http://www.ipc.org/R&DCredit and http://www.ipc.org/net-operating-loss.

CPSIA Requires Tracking Labels for Childrens Products August 14, 2009

The US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) requires manufacturers to place a tracking label or other distinguishing permanent mark on any consumer product primarily intended for children twelve and younger manufactured on or after August 14, 2009. This regulation applies to manufacturers of children’s products sold in the US, regardless of where the product […]