Category Archives: Executive Management

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 […]

Spring brings signs of growth for most industry segments

This spring has brought some of the worst weather the U.S. has ever seen. On the economic front, the signs are more springlike, with more signs of growth than gloom. The IPC Electronics Industries Market Data Update (available free to IPC members) has plenty of bright spots. In nearly every field, stats for the first […]

Signs of market improvement in new report and tools for IPC members

There are signs aplenty that global economies are on the rebound. But picking the niches where there’s growth remains a tricky problem. Those who want some insight into which markets show the best potential will get some help from industry-specific tools. A great tool for IPC members is the recently released Winter 2011 Electronics Industries […]

Free Money! Are you paying attention?

One month down, 11 to go. Is your company planning to take full advantage of 100% Bonus Depreciation and enhanced Section 179 expensing in 2011? Is your business purchasing equipment and writing off your investment at a faster rate? Are you informing your potential customers that they can use this great incentive to purchase equipment […]

IPC Suggests Congressional Oversight on Three Burdensome Regulations

IPC recently sent a letter to the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding burdensome regulations in need of Congressional oversight. The letter highlighted three regulations that have or will have a significant impact on electronics manufacturers:  the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed modifications to the Toxic Substances Control Act Inventory Update […]

First steps toward implementation of U.S. export control reform announced

On December 9, 2010, President Obama announced proposed changes to the U.S. export control system and requested public comments. The administration’s goal is to streamline the export process, update export controls to account for the global availability of currently regulated items, institute new licensing mechanisms, seek and apply input from manufacturers, and focus limited government […]

Major Impact on the Electronics Industry: SEC Publishes Draft Rule Requiring Source Reporting for Gold, Tin, Tantalum and Tungsten in Manufactured Products

On Wednesday, December 15th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted unanimously to approve publication of a proposed rule implementing the conflict metals provisions in Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act.  Under the Dodd-Frank law, companies whose manufactured goods contain metals refined from the minerals columbite-tantalite (coltan and tantalum), cassiterite (tin), gold, wolframite (tungsten), are […]

IPC Efforts Pay Off – Research and Development Tax Credits and Enhanced Bonus Depreciation Legislation Will Be Enacted in to Law

President Obama is scheduled to sign into the law today the “Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010,” more commonly known as the “Tax Cuts Bill.” The Act will reinstate and extend important tax benefits assisting electronics companies. IPC worked all year to support these important tax provisions to provide assistance […]

Congress’s failure to reinstate the expired research and development tax credit for 2010 will significantly affect electronics companies

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries and over 1,300 other companies and organizations recently sent a letter to all members of Congress urging them to enact legislation seamlessly extending Research and Development (R&D) tax credits through 2010 and for as long as possible. If the lame-duck Congress does not reinstate the expired R&D tax credit […]

Military Electronics: Vital to Our Nation…and the North American Electronics Industry

IPC President Denny McGuirk’s editorial for the October 1 IPC Intouch Member Newsletter: As a former member of the U.S. Air Force, I understand firsthand how vital military electronics are to the safety of our nation. Not just any company can supply electronics to the military. In addition to being capable of manufacturing sophisticated electronics […]