Tag Archives: supply chain

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 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 […]

Taking the Broad View

Presentations from Underwriters Laboratories, iNEMI and IPC’s Roadmap committee on Thursday carried a couple common threads. These IPC APEX EXPO® sessions stressed the importance of working together and taking a big picture view. IPC is working with UL to help upgrade UL’s requirements for substrates. Sharing roadmap information is one of many projects where iNEMI and […]

Japan’s supply chain sees light at the end of the tunnel

The human impact of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami will linger for years, but the damage to the electronics industry supply chain is nearing its end. Most facilities are back up and running, or close enough that one market analyst predicts that shipments will be normal during the critical third quarter. Manufacturing for semiconductors, autos and […]

Japan’s problems may cause supply chain turmoil

The disasters in Japan, terrible as they are on the human side, will also have a significant impact on the electronics industry. Analysts in a range of industries are examining potential issues throughout the supply chain. The two Japanese companies that supply around 70 percent of the worldwide supply of copper-clad laminate (CCL) used to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is your company up-to-date on recent and proposed changes to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)?

The U.S. State Department recently made changes to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which govern work with U.S. Munitions List (USML) items that are considered critical to national security. A new exemption to allow the “hand carrying” of ITAR regulated data was announced in the Federal Register on August 27, 2010. This exemption, […]