Category Archives: Government Relations

IPC Welcomes Executive Order on Strengthening the U.S. Defense Industrial Base

By Ken Schramko, government relations director Last Friday, President Trump signed an executive order on “Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States.” According to Nextgov, Peter Navarro, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy (OTMP), […]

H-1B Visas Enable Some Manufacturers to Recruit Needed Talent

by Sharon Starr, IPC market research director As concerns about the U.S. skills gap and the debate over U.S. immigration policy continue, it is worth considering how these two issues are linked. The availability of H-1B visas is one way the government helps to ease the skills gap, especially as it relates to filling engineering […]

Court Strikes Down Part of the 2015 DSW Rule

Last week, in a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down parts of the 2015 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rule. IPC opposed the 2015 rule because it inappropriately regulates secondary materials that have been sent for recycling as hazardous wastes. EPA’s […]

SEC Chair Jay Clayton Voices Support for Disclosure Reform; Could Include Conflict Minerals

According to a Reuters article, the new Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Jay Clayton indicated his support for reducing disclosure rules during a July 12, 2017 speech to the Economic Club of New York. During the speech, Clayton laid out his regulatory philosophy and said the SEC staff was working to […]

Advancing U.S. Manufacturing: A Focus on Talent Acquisition

In part three of IPC’s four-part video series, IPC President and CEO John Mitchell discusses how the Trump Administration and Congress could help advance the U.S. manufacturing industry by focusing on addressing its critical talent shortage.

EU Commission Adopts Guidelines for Social Responsibility (Including Conflict Minerals) Reporting

On June 26, 2017, the European Union (EU) finalized “Guidelines on non-financial reporting,” to support companies in fulfilling their reporting obligations under current non-financial disclosure requirements. The adoption of the voluntary guidelines will supplement the already existing EU rules on non-financial reporting (Directive 2014/95/EU). Companies falling within its scope have to disclose relevant information on […]

Chinese Government Issues Draft List of Products Covered by China RoHS2

On June 29, 2017, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued a draft list of 12 consumer products that would be required to comply with hazardous substance restrictions under the country’s RoHS2 law, which is the same list of substances included under the European Union’s RoHS Directive. Feedback will be accepted until July […]

REACH Substance in Articles Guidance Revision Published

On June 28, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a comprehensive update to its Guidance on requirements for substances in articles. The guidance is intended to provide clarity on the communication and notification obligations of companies when substances of very high concern (SVHCs) are contained in articles. The updated guidance includes new examples in […]

Connect to Business Opportunities in Southeast Europe

The markets of Southeast Europe are investing in infrastructure and market development.  They represent an opportunity for U.S. companies to increase sales and find a strategic foothold to grow in Europe. Join Trade Winds – Southeast Europe to connect to potential partners, government decision-makers, market experts, and companies that have succeeded in the region. Trade […]

Three RoHS Exemption Extensions are Official

Earlier this week, the European Union (EU) officially published three RoHS exemption extensions.  The extensions, collectively known as Pack 7, concern the use of lead and cadmium in reflective and optical glass, and the use of lead in bearing shells and bushes for certain compressors. Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/1009 of 13 March 2017 amending, […]