Category Archives: Executive Management

IPC Releases New Topic Brief on International Trade Agreements

Trade Agreements’ Impact on the Electronics Industry, released last week by IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries®, is a topic brief that explores the details of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) and the TransPacific Partnership (TPP). In particular, the brief addresses the potential impacts of these trade agreements on the various segments and […]

Electronics Industry Leaders Present a Unified Voice on Capitol Hill

By John Hasselmann, IPC vice president of government relations IPC understands that presenting a unified voice for the electronics industry is essential for advancing policies that affect the industry’s long-term future and strengthens the U.S. and global economy. That is why 22 IPC member-company executives descended on the nation’s capital for IMPACT 2015: IPC on […]

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 […]

2-18x Standard Series — More than Materials Declaration

By Krista Crotty, Alberi Eco Tech, 2-18 subcommittee co-chair The 2-18x standards subcommittees and task groups are responsible for the Supplier Declaration Standards Series and most people are familiar with the 2-18b Materials Declaration Task Group and its activities. The 2-18b task group is responsible for IPC-1752A, Materials Declaration Management Standard. But there is much […]

Honesty, Loyalty, Integrity

IPC President Denny McGuirk’s Nov. 1 final IPC Review column. Friends and Colleagues, As I am writing this, I am approaching my last day with IPC. I have said many goodbyes and have enjoyed reminiscing about the last 12 years. I hope you will indulge me in dedicating my final editorial to the lessons I’ve […]

2010’s double digit growth rate

With all the news about the offshoring of America’s circuit board industry and the overall downturn in the U.S., I was surprised to learn that the North American market actually grew in 2010. And not just a little bit – both rigid and flex usage rose by double digit rates. These revelations arose when IPC’s […]

Midwest MBA Career Fair

Looking for talent? IPC has been asked to promote the Midwest MBA Career Fair, where top MBA talent and leading employers will connect. Friday, October 21, 2011 Sheraton Chicago 301 East North Water Street Chicago, Illinois Top MBA Programs in the Midwest and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs have partnered to host an event […]

Searching for growth amidst cutbacks

Almost any time people talk about spending cutbacks, there are some areas where funding remains strong or even increases. When government agencies are the ones cutting expenditures, it’s often difficult to predict which areas will be trimmed and which won’t. If the military speakers at the recent LandWarNet conference were good prognosticators, there aren’t many […]

A good year for EMS market

The Electronic Manufacturing Services market had a pretty good year in 2010. Median sales were up a fair amount, and many expenses stayed fairly flat. An IPC quality benchmarking survey also showed that quality levels remain high. Median sales grew 23 percent for the 29 North American companies that participated in the IPC Study of […]