Category Archives: Government Relations

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 […]

IPC Applauds Congress on Passing the Tax Cuts and Job Act

IPC applauds Congress for passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which received its final stamp of approval from the House today, following Senate approval yesterday. The bill now heads to President Trump for his signature, which is expected within days. “IPC congratulates Congress for its action in passing comprehensive tax reform,” said John Mitchell, […]

IPC Supports Historic Tax Reform Bill

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, December 19, 2017 – IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced its support for the conference report on H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which is under consideration in the U.S. House and Senate. Final votes in each chamber are expected this week and could happen as soon as today. Several […]

New EU Measures to Better Enforce Intellectual Property Rights

The European Commission published on 29 November the EU IP package, which aims to promote a balanced enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights and protect supply chains against IP infringement threats. It is estimated that IPR-intensive sectors account for around 42 percent of EU GDP, generate 38 percent of all jobs, and contribute to as […]

Tax Reform on the Move in Washington, D.C.

By Ken Schramko, government relations director Comprehensive tax reform is on the move in the U.S. Congress. On Thursday, November 2, Republican leaders in the U.S. House unveiled a comprehensive tax reform proposal and signaled plans to seek approval in the full House by Thanksgiving. Senate Republicans also are crafting a bill, which they aim […]

Brexit: Potential Impact on the Electronics Industry

Brexit will have a big impact on the electronics industry. The so called “phase one” of the negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) is ongoing, with the two parts trying to reach an agreement on the terms of the exit of the UK from the bloc. In December, we are […]

EU Circular Economy Initiatives — Possible Impact on Electronics Waste Management, Reuse and Recycling

The European Union (EU) is currently discussing new legislative and non-legislative initiatives aimed at establishing a Circular Economy. Their objective is to improve waste management, recycling, and reuse in Europe, in order to minimize the environmental impact of products, including electronics. These initiatives, once adopted, are likely to impact the electronics industry in different areas, […]