Category Archives: Government Relations

Seven Takeaways from IPC APEX EXPO 2019

By Chris Mitchell, IPC Vice President of Global Government Relations IPC’s most recent annual conference and trade show, IPC APEX EXPO 2019, took place in late January, and by all indications, it was among the best IPC shows ever! The overall success and quality of IPC APEX EXPO is a testament to the innovation and […]

Political Uncertainties Raise Doubts on Both Sides of Atlantic

On both sides of the Atlantic, the political waters are turbulent, creating uncertainties about the opportunities for meaningful policy actions. In Washington, D.C., things are getting back to “normal” after a five-week government shutdown that was prompted by President’s Trump demand for a US-Mexico border wall. To end that standoff, the White House and Congress […]

How is the U.S. Government Shutdown Affecting Your Business?

by Ken Schramko, senior director, North American government relations You have probably seen news reports about the various ways that the U.S. Government partial shutdown is affecting “regular people.” So we were wondering: How it is affecting the electronics industry, if at all? How is it affecting your company? Please help us by taking a […]

U.S. Commerce Department Seeks Public Comment on Export Restrictions for Emerging Technologies

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a notice seeking public comment on how it should define and identify emerging technologies that are not now controlled for export, but should be due to their national security importance. Representative general categories of emerging technologies on which Commerce seeks comments include: (i) “biotechnology”; […]

U.S. Elections: What Do the Results Mean for You and for IPC?

One of the biggest events to occur in the political and policy world in the last month was, of course, the U.S. midterm elections, in which the Democrats gained almost 40 seats in the House of Representatives while minimizing their losses in the U.S. Senate. The incoming Congress will be younger and more diverse than […]

IPC Working to Inform U.S. Defense Electronics Report

Pursuant to Section 845 of the Fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is required to provide an assessment of the defense electronics industrial base to Congress by January 31, 2019. IPC has been the primary champion for this study, which reflects the need for a comprehensive evaluation of […]

IPC Workforce Pledge Draws White House Praise, Points the Way to Jobs of the Future

by John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO It’s not every day one is invited to attend an event at the White House in Washington, D.C. However, last week, I had the opportunity to do just that on behalf of IPC. During that event, White House Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump praised IPC, among others, for joining […]

Midterm Election Results and What it Means for Our Industry

Join IPC tomorrow, November 9 at 11:30 am (EST) for the “Midterm Election Results and What it Means for Our Industry” webinar. Chris Mitchell, IPC’s Vice President for Global Government Relations, and the political team at Prime Policy Group and PSB Research will provide an analysis of the election results, the policy outlook for the […]

IPC Participates in White House “Our Pledge to America’s Workers” Event

On October 31, IPC announced that it has signed the President’s Pledge to the American Worker and made a commitment to create at least 1 million new training and workforce development opportunities in the electronics industry over the next five years. IPC‘s announcement coincided with an event at the White House with President Trump, White […]

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 […]