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IPC members and many other companies are continuing to be burdened by compliance with U.S. conflict minerals regulations, while Europe contemplates its own conflict minerals regulations. In a continuing effort to quantify the burdens experienced by companies, especially those in the supply chain, Tulane University is conducting a Conflict Minerals Market Survey. The survey results will also assist IPC and other industry associations in lobbying for less burdensome regulations in other parts of the world, such as those currently being considered in the European Union.
All companies impacted by conflict minerals legislation or produce, procure or consume tin, tungsten, tantalum and/or gold (3TG) are invited to participate. This survey will focus on the upstream and downstream 3TG supply chain. The survey can be found here. The deadline to complete the survey is June 15, 2015. The survey is expected to take survey respondents between 10 and 30 minutes to complete and is available in English, French and Mandarin.
Barry Matties, I-Connect007
You would be hard-pressed to find a more knowledgeable and experienced group than that of Gary Ferrari, Gene Weiner, and Happy Holden. In a brief interview with Barry Matties, these three industry icons consider the past, present, and future state of electronics manufacturing while also offering advice to the newest generation of manufacturers.
Dr. John Mitchell, IPC
President Trump kicked off the workforce challenge to U.S. businesses in July. As a longtime leader in education and training within the electronics industry, IPC took it as an opportunity to review our existing programs and identify ways to grow and innovate. The result? IPC joined the Pledge to America’s Workers by promising to create new career opportunities for at least 1 million Americans in the electronics industry.
Philip Carmichael, IPC President of Asia
While the United States may be the world’s most open market, China remains the most competitive, and is still viewed by most U.S. and EU companies as the "last great opportunity for growth.” Many companies want to gain entry to the Chinese market share for their products or services. Thus, the competition for sales of products or services is correspondingly intense. Here's how to succeed in the world's second largest economy.