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January is traditionally a time to reflect on how to build on the successes of the past year, with the added excitement of looking ahead to setting priorities and goals for the new year.
As an advocate for the electronics manufacturing industry, my job is to educate and encourage policymakers to create a favorable legislative and regulatory environment for advanced manufacturing to grow and succeed. From that perspective, I think we should be proud of the significant progress we made in several areas in 2015.
For example, in the United States, the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) launched several new institutes aimed at accelerating innovation in advanced manufacturing. Most recently, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced $75 million in federal funding to establish NextFlex, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute, in San Jose, California. More than 160 companies, associations, universities and other organizations, including IPC, are backing the new institute, which will focus on catalyzing the flexible electronics ecosystem through investments in new materials, thinned-device processing, device/sensor integrated printing and packaging, system design tools, and reliability testing and modeling. IPC played a leading role in the industry coalition that secured congressional authorization for these institutes, and we will continue to advocate for full funding and aggressive implementation in 2016 and beyond.
Also, IPC hosted IMPACT, its annual Washington, D.C. “fly-in,” where industry executives met with federal policymakers and advocated for public policy priorities that affect our industry. IPC also organized more than a dozen events across the country, in which member companies welcomed their elected representatives for policy discussions and tours of their facilities.
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Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the January 2016 issue of The PCB Magazine.
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.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
“Summer is over, now it's back to work!” This was the opening line of the invitation to the 18th EIPC Technical Snapshot webinar, Sept. 14, following the theme of advances in automotive electronics technology, introduced and moderated by EIPC President Alun Morgan. The first presentation, entitled "The fully printed smart component—combining additive manufacturing and sensor printing," came from Jonas Mertin, a thin-film processing specialist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology.