Category Archives: Supply Chain

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 […]

IPC E-Textiles 2018 – Where Standards, Innovation and Collaboration Will Combine to Create the Perfect Speedstorm

IPC D-70 E-Textiles Committee chair Stephanie Rodgers and vice-chair Ben Cooper spotlight just some of the reasons why you need to be at IPC E-Textiles 2018. Stephanie and Ben are members of the IPC E-Textiles 2018 program committee, which has put together a stellar lineup of technologists from the e-textiles space who will provide real-world […]

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 […]

IPC is Seeking Participants for Technical Education Program Committee

IPC is seeking volunteers who represent all segments of the electronics manufacturing industry, for our Technical Education Program Committee, to help guide, create and develop high-quality educational programs through conferences, tutorials and workshops. This is a great opportunity to collaborate with your industry colleagues and to become more involved with IPC. For more information, contact […]

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 […]

Proposed IEC Standard on Halogen Free Raises Concerns

Like the game of whack-a-mole, the idea of a standard for low halogen electronics keeps popping up. Originally, proposed as an IPC specification of chlorine and bromine in copper-clad laminates, IEC 61249-2-21 was established many years ago to define FR-4 products for halogen-free. Then about a decade ago, concerns about certain toxic Br containing flame […]

IPC Supports EU Vote for Voluntary Conflict Minerals Requirements for Manufacturers

On March 16, 2017, the European Union (EU) Parliament voted to adopt regulations regarding the sourcing of conflict minerals in high risk zones. The regulations, which require supply chain due diligence self-certification of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, are mandatory for smelters and importers of raw […]

Cobalt: The Next Conflict Mineral?

Two recently launched initiatives to curb “the worst forms of child labor” and other abusive practices in the supply chain for cobalt, a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries, are being led by electronics companies. Apple, HP, Samsung SDI and Sony have joined an effort known as the Responsible Cobalt Initiative, while the Electronic Industry Citizenship […]

IPC Releases New Topic Brief on International Trade Agreements

Trade Agreements’ Impact on the Electronics Industry, released last week by IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries®, is a topic brief that explores the details of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) and the TransPacific Partnership (TPP). In particular, the brief addresses the potential impacts of these trade agreements on the various segments and […]

EU Conflict Minerals Negotiators Reach Agreement

On June 16, the European Union (EU) Commission, Council and Parliament agreed on a framework for conflict minerals legislation. Overall, the legislation will be less burdensome for IPC members and the electronics industry than previously proposed. While the EU Commission had originally proposed a voluntary system, the EU Parliament had voted for mandatory requirements for […]