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On October 31, IPC announced that it has signed the President’s Pledge to the American Worker and made a commitment to create at least 1 million new training and workforce development opportunities in the electronics industry over the next five years. IPC‘s announcement coincided with an event at the White House with President Trump, White House Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump, Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow, and other Administration officials.
IPC President and CEO John Mitchell and representatives from four IPC member companies — Calumet Electronics, Green Circuits, Summit Interconnect, and Zentech — were invited to participate in the event. In brief remarks, Ivanka Trump recognized IPC and praised our commitment to skilled workforce opportunities.
Calumet Electronics, which is one of the largest employers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, was featured in a local TV news report following the event.
Get Involved and Help Grow the Workforce of Tomorrow
To achieve the goal of creating 1 million new training and career opportunities over the next five years, IPC is calling on IPC member companies to join our “IPC Workforce Champions” campaign. IPC Workforce Champions commit to work with IPC on three of our five education, training and workforce development programs, including participating in the IPC Job Task Analysis Committee; developing “Earn and Learn” programs; partnering with IPC on STEM programming in secondary and post-secondary schools; supporting scholarships through the IPC Education Foundation; and adopting the IPC certification framework in their companies.
Some of the IPC members that have already joined the IPC Workforce Champions and are leading the way to address the skills gap include:
• Green Circuits
• Eagle Circuits
• Optimum Design
• STI Electronics
• Summit Interconnect
• TTM Technologies
• VirTex MTI
To learn more about IPC Workforce Champions and/or to sign up, please click here.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The big news in the industry this week was the new bill introduced to the U.S. Congress in support of the PCB manufacturing industry. The Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022, which was introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT), incentivizes “purchases of domestically produced PCBs as well as industry investments in factories, equipment, workforce training, and research and development.” The bill is a PCB-oriented complement to the semiconductor-oriented CHIPS Act of 2021.
Jeff Brandman, Aismalibar North America
Heat has been a significant concern in electronics since the beginning of the electronics age when hot glowing vacuum tubes were first used to receive and transmit data bits. The transistor and integrated circuit effectively solved that basic problem, but increases in integration resulted in increased concentration of heat, exacerbated by relentless increases in operating frequency. While improvements in electronics technology have been able to mitigate many thermal issues at chip level thanks to improved semiconductor designs devised to operate at lower voltages (thus requiring less energy) the thermal management challenge continues to vex electronic product developers.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
It’s been a crazy week, with lots of bad news coming out of Ukraine. (I’m a news junkie by trade, but I confess that some days I just unplug from the news completely to avoid overdosing on negativity.) And, as you might have guessed, this is all having ill effects on our electronics supply chain, which is already stretched thin. This is reflected in our IPC news item that shows an uptick in PCB sales in February, but a drop in bookings YOY, in part due to the trouble in Eastern Europe. But there’s positive news in this week’s top reads. We have a NextFlex article about an innovative flexible technology called flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) and a great interview by Dan Beaulieu. We also have a column by Travis Kelly, who discusses PCBAA’s efforts to lobby for American manufacturing in Washington. And last but not least, let’s welcome our two newest columnists, Paige Fiet and Hannah Nelson, who discuss their excitement about entering this industry.