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The following is a statement by Chris Mitchell, vice president of global government relations at IPC, the global electronics manufacturing association, on recent actions by the U.S. Government to bolster the security and resiliency of the U.S. defense electronics supply chain.
Regarding votes this past week in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to override President Trump’s veto of the Fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), “We commend the U.S. Congress for keeping this vitally important legislation on track. Among the bill’s policy prescriptions for U.S. military operations are provisions that will require the U.S. Defense Department (DoD) to implement new sourcing requirements and restrictions on bare printed circuit boards (PCBs) and PCB assemblies (PCBAs). Section 841 reflects the recommendations of many experts – including the DoD’s Executive Agent for PCBs – to redouble U.S. Government support for this long-neglected but critically important segment of the electronics manufacturing industry.
“IPC also appreciates that President Trump set aside his veto threat and signed the FY 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which includes $10 million for research into the issues surrounding lead-free electronics in mission-critical applications. The migration of the commercial electronics industry to lead-free technology has created supply-chain concerns for the ADHP sectors that can only be overcome through public-private R&D. These funds will support a collaborative research effort that will help ensure that mission-critical systems have full access to cutting-edge electronics from a robust global supply chain.”
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
It’s officially fall now, and in Atlanta the temperature has plummeted to the mid-80s. We’ve all bumped our air conditioners up to 74 degrees. That means it’s trade show season, and I’ve been busy looking for my suitcase. This week, we have an assortment of news about associations, education, and advocacy, as well as another installment of our Printed Electronics Roundtable. And if you’re looking for a job, you are in luck; our jobConnect007 section is chock-full of open positions at all levels in this industry.
Suhani Chitalia and Kelly Scanlon, IPC
Leading companies in the electronics manufacturing industry are highly intentional about their environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities, with climate change and energy use among the most closely scrutinized issues, an IPC analysis shows. As part of IPC’s ESG for Electronics initiative, IPC is interested in developing resources for members on the most common ESG methods and priorities of leading companies across the electronics value chain. In support of this, IPC has preliminarily analyzed the ESG reports of approximately a dozen companies in selected portions of the industry.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
“You are the average of the five people that you spend the most time with.” This saying is attributed to Jim Rohn, and I couldn’t help thinking of that quote as I put together this week’s listings. Hear me out: 1) There are five items on our list; 2) These items zoomed to the top based on reader interest; 3) Every single one of these news items has an “association” association—IPC, iNEMI, SMTA, and NextFlex are all represented in what you, dear reader, chose to explore this last week.