Tag Archives: supply chain relationships

IPC Suggests Congressional Oversight on Three Burdensome Regulations

IPC recently sent a letter to the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding burdensome regulations in need of Congressional oversight. The letter highlighted three regulations that have or will have a significant impact on electronics manufacturers:  the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed modifications to the Toxic Substances Control Act Inventory Update […]

Major Impact on the Electronics Industry: SEC Publishes Draft Rule Requiring Source Reporting for Gold, Tin, Tantalum and Tungsten in Manufactured Products

On Wednesday, December 15th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted unanimously to approve publication of a proposed rule implementing the conflict metals provisions in Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act.  Under the Dodd-Frank law, companies whose manufactured goods contain metals refined from the minerals columbite-tantalite (coltan and tantalum), cassiterite (tin), gold, wolframite (tungsten), are […]

IPC Efforts Pay Off – Research and Development Tax Credits and Enhanced Bonus Depreciation Legislation Will Be Enacted in to Law

President Obama is scheduled to sign into the law today the “Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010,” more commonly known as the “Tax Cuts Bill.” The Act will reinstate and extend important tax benefits assisting electronics companies. IPC worked all year to support these important tax provisions to provide assistance […]

Congress’s failure to reinstate the expired research and development tax credit for 2010 will significantly affect electronics companies

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries and over 1,300 other companies and organizations recently sent a letter to all members of Congress urging them to enact legislation seamlessly extending Research and Development (R&D) tax credits through 2010 and for as long as possible. If the lame-duck Congress does not reinstate the expired R&D tax credit […]

Changes to U.S and Indian export controls expected to increase trade of dual-use items

The U.S. and Indian governments announced changes to their countries’ export controls that are expected to affect manufacturers seeking to trade dual-use items, i.e. items that can be used for both commercial and military purposes, between the two countries. Electronics, including certain printed boards and their associated intellectual property (IP) such as chemical formulas, purchase […]

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 […]

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 […]

Growing Customer Partnerships Webinar Recap

Yesterday’s installment of the IPC Executive Webcast Series, “Growing Customer Partnerships in the Current Economy,” was presented by Joe O’Neil, president, Hunter Technology Corp., Santa Clara, Calif. Two years ago, Hunter Technology changed the way it approaches customer relationships from a traditional customer/supplier model to one that more closely represents a partnership. O’Neil says this […]