Category Archives: Manufacturing

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 […]

IPC Secures Governors’ Proclamations for Manufacturing Day 2017

By Julie Desisto, IPC Government Relations Coordinator Friday, October 6th marks the annual celebration of Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) across the United States. Manufacturers are joining in a collaborative effort to highlight current innovations and inspire the next generation of manufacturing professionals. IPC, an official endorser of MFG Day, took the initiative of reaching out […]

EPA Schedules Webinars on LCSA Inventory Notification Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has scheduled three webinars to assist the regulated community with reporting under the TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Rule, published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2017. This rule requires industry to report chemicals manufactured or imported in the United States over the past 10 years. Reporting is mandatory […]

CPSC Votes to Ban Organohalogen Flame Retardants in Electronics Casings

Today, on September 20, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted, along party lines, to grant petition CPSC-2015-0022; Petition Requesting Rulemaking on Products Containing Organohalogen Flame Retardants (OFRs). The petition, which was filed by a group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), asks the CPSC to ban the use of organo-halogen flame retardants in several […]

EU Commission Launches Stakeholder Consultation on RoHS Exemptions

Today, on September 19, 2017, the European Union (EU) Commission launched a four-week stakeholder consultation on DRAFT Delegated Directives for exemptions: • 6(a) Lead as an alloying element in steel for machining purposes and in galvanized steel containing up to 0.35% lead by weight • 6(b) Lead as an alloying element in aluminum containing up […]

Skills, Digitalization and Investment at the Heart of the New EU Industrial Strategy

The European Commission today presented its renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy, which is focused on technological skills, digitalization, and investment in innovation. As announced last week by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in his State of the Union address, the strategy would be used to make European industry “stronger and more competitive … particularly for […]

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 […]

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.