Tag Archives: competitiveness

Director of DoD Industrial Policy announced as keynote speaker for upcoming IPC conference

Brett B. Lambert, Director of Industrial Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, will be the keynote speaker at an upcoming IPC Conference for the North American EMS Industry: What it Takes to Supply the Military. Mr. Lambert serves as the principle advisor on all matters relating to the defense […]

Register for Federal Business Opportunities

Are you interested in doing business with the federal government? If so, you must be registered in the Central Contractor Registration database (https://www.bpn.gov/ccr/).  Creating a profile in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and keeping it current ensures that your business has access to federal contracting opportunities. Once you are registered, your company can conduct business […]

Is Your Company Having Difficulties with Export Issues such as China’s Conformity Assessment?

A number of U.S. companies have encountered challenges with exporting products and services in to the Chinese market. The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) is seeking industry input for a new project intended to address specific problems U.S. companies are having with “conformity assessment” issues in China. A conformity assessment is the comprehensive term for […]

Research and Development Tax Credit Extension Passes U.S. Senate

On March 10 the U.S. Senate passed by vote of 62 to 36 “The American Workers, State, and Business Tax Relief Act” (H.R. 4213) that includes a seamless one year extension of the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit through the end of December 31, 2010. IPC, and fellow members of the R&D Credit Coalition, […]

Companies refine their marketing approach to weather recession

The electronic interconnect industry may have seen the worst of the economic storm. Inventories are being managed better than during the 2002 recession, and embedded electronics and high-end products still make for opportunities in the U.S. market. To emerge intact, though, electronics companies must take a savvier, more layered approach to marketing. “We’re seeing too […]

California News

California News from State Senator Tom Harman

Regional Trends Webinar Recap

Here are 10 highlights from the webinar that provide a sampling of what’s going on in the industry. First, a notable quote from Plonski: “There’s no doubt we are going to recover, but all segments are going to do it differently.”

Industry News and Listening Posts

In today’s news-saturated and fast-paced world, it’s important to keep your fingers on the pulse of what’s going on in the industry, emerging technologies, mergers and acquisitions, numbers and trend reports. After all, “knowledge is power.” The more you know about what’s happening and what people are talking about, the better decisions you can make. […]

No Such Thing as Bad Press, eh?

IPC experienced a test of the aphorism “there’s no such thing as bad press” this week with the complete mangling of our press release on the policy recommendations made to the Department of Defense on the PCB Executive Agent. A writer at Military and Aerospace Electronics misrepresented an IPC task force’s recommendations with the headline: […]