Tag Archives: Technology

New IPC Membership Options Provide More Value for the Investment

  John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO, discusses bundling more education and resources with new membership packages — Business, Technology, Enterprise.        

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 […]

White House Announces Plan to Enact a Permanent Research and Development Tax Credit

Last week, President Barack Obama announced a detailed plan for economic recovery that includes asking Congress to expand and permanently extend Research and Experimentation tax credits, also known as Research and Development (R&D) tax credits. For many years, IPC has advocated for a permanent R&D tax credit. The R&D tax credit expired on December 31, […]

Changes to U.S. Export Controls are Good News for the Electronics Industry

Today, the White House announced plans to reform the U.S. export control system by updating and modifying export control lists, licensing policies, and export enforcement. U.S. export controls include the laws and regulations managing the sale or transfer of sensitive goods and technology, services, and expertise to non-U.S. citizens. The changes in export controls are […]

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, […]

Solar Technology Roadmap Act Passed by U.S. House of Representatives

It appears that Arizona was the epicenter for all things solar Thursday.  The U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Solar Technology Roadmap Act” which is sponsored by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords representing Arizona’s eight district. This action by Congress occurred just one hour after the “Outlook for the Solar Market” presentation during the IPC Executive Industry Summit […]

GOOD NEWS: ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY UNAFFECTED AFTER A YEAR OF EFFORTS

A recent Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) ruling found that inaccessible electronic components in children’s products will not be subject to the lead limits that were enacted last summer under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). This finding is critical to the electronics industry because electronics manufacturers building children’s products will not need to meet CPSIA lead limits, which are lower than the limits in the European Union Restriction on Hazardous Substances Directive.

In the same ruling, CPSC stated that inaccessible component parts do not have to be tested and certified as to the lead content. This means that electronics manufacturers will not be required to conduct expensive third party testing of inaccessible component parts for lead content.