Category Archives: Government Relations

A Surprising Agreement Between the EU and U.S. on Transatlantic Trade

By Nicolas Robin, Senior Director, IPC Europe On July 25, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and U.S. President Donald Trump struck an agreement on transatlantic trade during President Juncker’s visit to Washington D.C. after three and a half hours of negotiations. Most interestingly for IPC, both parties agreed to work together on a reform of […]

Lead Added to EU REACH Candidate List of SVHCs

By Nicolas Robin, IPC Senior Director, Europe The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) added lead metal on its Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs), on 27 June 2018, owing to its properties as a reprotoxic substance. What does Candidate Listing mean for IPC Members? Companies may have legal obligations resulting from the inclusion […]

U.S. Trade Policy and Your Business: A Webinar for IPC Members

U.S. Trade Policy and Your Business | June 29, 2018 | 11:00 am EDT As you’ve seen in the news, the Trump Administration has established an aggressive trade agenda, with significant developments occurring almost daily. Many of these developments will impact the electronics industry. For example, an additional 25 percent tariff on more than 800 […]

IMPACT Washington, D.C. 2018: Electronics Industry Leaders Urge Policymakers to Support Pro-Electronics Agenda

As an industry-driven association, IPC exists to help its member companies innovate, compete, and succeed in the electronics industry. Effective government relations is crucial to our collective success, because many of the policy debates taking place in world capitals have wide-reaching impacts on our industry. That’s why senior executives from top electronics companies recently gathered […]

President Trump Announces 25 Percent Tariff Imposition on Chinese Imports

Today, President Trump announced that he will impose 25 percent tariffs on Chinese imports worth roughly $50 billion. The tariffs, first proposed in April, are the result of a Section 301 investigation that found China’s technology transfer policies had harmed U.S. companies. The first round of these tariffs will take effect July 6 and will […]

IPC Members: Your Voice is Needed in Washington, D.C. on May 21-23

Your presence is needed in Washington, D.C. Hearing from constituents like you, whose businesses are affected by their decisions, can have a significant impact upon policymakers. The more executives our industry can rally, the stronger our collective voice will be and the more likely we will have a positive impact. You can register for IMPACT […]

Dual-Use Export Controls Regulation: One to Watch for the Electronics Industry

The European Union is currently working to update its legislation on export controls for dual-use items, meaning items that can be used for both civilian and military applications and/or can contribute to the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Most importantly, the proposal for an updated Regulation introduces the following changes: • Expansion of […]

What Happens to our Industry Without a Skilled Workforce?

IPC president and CEO John Mitchell discusses the skills gap in the manufacturing industry and IPC’s efforts to address the issue.

What’s New in IPC Government Relations

IPC President and CEO John Mitchell and IPC Vice President of Global Government Relations Chris Mitchell talk to PCB Chat host and Circuits Assembly and Printed Circuit Design & Fab Editor-in-Chief Mike Buetow about key government programs and initiatives and why it’s important for members to participate in lobbying efforts. Listen to podcast: https://upmg.podbean.com/e/pcb-chat-episode-12-john-mitchell-and-chris-mitchell/   […]

Successful Outreach Program in the EU Paves the Way for IMPACT Europe 2018

By Ken Schramko, Director, Government Relations IPC’s advocacy efforts in Europe have grown significantly over the past few years. At this stage, we are not only raising awareness for the needs of the electronics industry but also advancing the interests of our members through face-to-face meetings with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), high-level officials […]