Category Archives: Manufacturing

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 […]

U.S. EPA Moving Toward Risk Management Deliberations on Toxic Chemicals

By Kelly Scanlon, director, environment, health and safety policy and research The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approaching a critical phase of deliberations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and the next several steps in the process will have major ramifications for electronics manufacturers, who need to focus on this issue now to […]

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’s September 2020 Economic Report: U.S. and EU Outlook

As we present the September economic outlook report, the economy has improved over the last month, but momentum is slowing as manufacturers remain cautious. In this report, you will find U.S. and European data on economic growth, employment, Manufacturer’s Sentiment (PMI) and end markets for electronics. You will also find details on industrial production, capacity […]

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 […]

HDP User Group Announces Free Aerospace Electronics Webinar

High-Density Packaging (HDP) User Group is hosting a free webinar that will provide its members and others in the electronics industry the latest information on issues facing aerospace electronics. Worldwide experts in the field will share their knowledge and concerns during the 3-hour webinar, which is open to all interested parties. “Aerospace electronics pose the […]

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 […]

Need Training in the Fundamentals of Electronics Assembly?

Look no further than IPC Workforce Development Programs – a series of courses designed to facilitate the long-term retention of practical, job-specific knowledge and skills By Carlos Plaza, IPC director of education development IPC Workforce Development courses help IPC members overcome the challenges posed by the skills gap while simultaneously providing opportunities for employees to […]