Category Archives: Government Relations

EU Leaders Working on New Corporate Due Diligence Requirements

By Alison James, senior director, government relations, Europe Last April, European Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders announced he is planning in 2021 to propose legislation with binding due diligence obligations as part of a broader package on sustainable corporate governance. While the exact scope of the proposal is to be determined, it is expected to be […]

EU Strives for “Strategic Autonomy;” France Offers Grants for Electronics Manufacturing Projects

By Alison James, Senior Director Government Relations, Europe When European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen unveiled her €750 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) to help the European Union recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, she stressed that “strategic autonomy” must be at the heart of the EU’s response. As was also seen in North America, […]

How do European Policy Initiatives Impact Electronics Manufacturing Competitiveness?

An interview with Alison James, IPC Europe Curious about what’s happening in IPC Europe? IPC blog staff took the opportunity to talk to Alison James, senior director, IPC Europe, Government Relations, about the European response to COVID-19, as well as other issues facing the European electronics manufacturing industry. EB: How are you settling into your role […]

IPC and 40 Groups Urge European Commission President to Postpone Reporting Deadline for SCIP Database

by Alison James, senior director, Europe, Government Relations Today, IPC joined with almost 40 other industry groups in calling on European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to postpone the January deadline for a new chemicals database and to study related issues further before it goes forward. Under current plans, companies supplying articles containing substances […]

U.S. Defense Bills Would Bring Greater Resiliency and Security to Electronics Supply Chains

By John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO For more than two decades, the United States has turned a blind eye to its shrinking electronics manufacturing base, even as experts in and out of government have warned that the decline has weakened the country’s national security. In response, both the U.S. House and Senate have included […]

Interested in Chemical and Electronics Product Regulations in Asia-Pacific Countries?

By Kelly Scanlon, IPC Director, EHS Policy and Research The Asia-Pacific region is home to several of the world’s largest nations and many of its most dynamic economies. The governments in this region have generally established comprehensive environmental, health and safety policy frameworks, with a variety of approaches and enforcement mechanisms. Because these policy frameworks […]

Trump’s COVID Relief Actions Are a Mixed Bag

By Chris Mitchell, vice president, global government relations Over the weekend, responding to unsuccessful negotiations with Congress, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) and three memoranda aimed at extending relief to Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The executive actions stretch the bounds of constitutionality, and the size and speed of the aid is […]

USMCA is Just the Start

By Shawn DuBravac, IPC Chief Economist The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) went into effect on July 1, replacing and modernizing the 26-year-old North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In many ways, the USMCA reinforces our continent-wide commitment to some $1.3 trillion in trilateral trade flows, while adding key provisions to bring the agreement into the […]

New IPC Video Explains Electronics Manufacturing’s Importance in Evocative, People-Centered Language and Imagery

A new video from IPC,  shows viewers the many ways “our lives and our communities depend on electronics” and invites them to learn more about “the crucial industry that’s at the heart of the modern world.” The 90-second video features a series of evocative vignettes in which electronics-based devices and systems are making people’s lives safer, […]

IPC Responds to COVID-19

John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO, provides information on how IPC and the electronics manufacturing industry are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.