Category Archives: Economy

New EU Chemicals Database on Candidate List Substances in Articles by 2021

As part of the European Union’s “circular economy” policy, EU officials want to expand the secondary raw materials market. The potential presence of chemicals of concern in recycled materials is seen as a potential barrier to the development of this market. Therefore, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is working to establish a new database on […]

Consultation on the Interface Between the EU’s Chemical, Product and Waste Legislation

The European Union promotes a “circular economy” with closed-loop production based as much as possible on reparability, reusability and recycling. But in order for more products to be recycled or reused, it is crucial to tackle the challenges at the source, by ensuring that the product design facilitates recycling, and by substituting, whenever feasible, hazardous […]

China and the United States Move Forward on Conflict Minerals Cooperation

On June 7, under the umbrella of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, the U.S. and China recognized that responsible mineral supply chain practices promote stability and prosperity in the African Great Lakes region. The two sides welcomed each other’s efforts in this area. Both sides expect to encourage exchanges and the sharing of best […]

Global Market Outlook for 2014 — Industry Segments Continue to Strengthen

Sharon Starr, IPC’s director of market research, shares electronics industry growth trends and 2014 projections for the world markets in electronic equipment, EMS/ODM and PCBs. The U.S., Europe and Japan are the major drivers of global economic growth.    

Slow but Steady

A couple national manufacturing studies out this week highlight the continuing resurgence of American manufacturing. The economy may not be roaring back with any real speed, but it’s seeing steady growth. Respondents to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch CFO Outlook survey gave the U.S. economy an average score of 58 out of 100, up […]

Making sense of economic trends

In normal years, figuring out how to move ahead during an economic recovery often seems like herding cats. But given the many questions swirling around the impact that a Greek default might have on the global economy, conventional electronics industry businesses seem like stable, predictable fields. Funny how perspectives can change. IPC’s Spring Electronics Industries […]

Fact or Fiction? Is manufacturing coming back to the U.S.?

Many factors have made manufacturing in the U.S. more appealing over the past few years. Fluctuating exchange rates make the economics better, and advanced automation takes away some of the benefits of production in low wage regions. A number of research surveys support the notion that U.S. companies will be moving more operations back to […]

Industry Growth Slowed in 2011 with Signs of Recovery at Year End

The slowdown in sales growth of 2011 is leveling off and leading indicators appear to be turning the corner. Read about it in a new article by IPC Director of Market Research Sharon Starr.

Japan’s supply chain sees light at the end of the tunnel

The human impact of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami will linger for years, but the damage to the electronics industry supply chain is nearing its end. Most facilities are back up and running, or close enough that one market analyst predicts that shipments will be normal during the critical third quarter. Manufacturing for semiconductors, autos and […]

Divining the future for electronic chemicals

An upcoming Webinar will blend the best of both worlds of statistical data and real world insight. Sharon Starr, director of market research at IPC, will provide the latest statistics gathered by IPC during a Webinar entitled “Market Update for the Electronic Chemicals Industry.” She will team up with Mike Carano, a vice president at […]