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On April 28, 2017, IPC filed comments with the Department of State regarding conflict minerals. In our comments, IPC called upon the Department of State to expand existing diplomatic efforts to drive peace, security, and governance in Central Africa and encouraged congress and the administration to replace Section 1502 with appropriate and effective programs to address human rights issues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
While IPC is deeply concerned by the human rights abuses in the DRC, our comments note that the measures under Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank have reportedly had questionable success in addressing the situation. We believe that attention to conflict minerals focuses on a symptom— illegal trade in conflict minerals — instead of the real problem — failed government and lack of security.
On March 27, 2017, the Department of State opened a 30-day comment period seeking input on responsible conflict mineral sourcing. This solicitation for comment follows a 45-day comment period that was provided by the SEC. In soliciting these comments, the State Department may be considering a more active role in addressing the underlying issues in the DRC, either as a supplement to or replacement for the SEC regulations under Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank.
I-Connect007 Research Team
During recent trade shows and conferences, we spoke with a variety of fabricators and assembly providers. They had one thing in common: Every company achieved strong growth in 2017, and shared a positive outlook about the future. This year, the industry is optimistic, driven by positive economic outlook, growing customer demand, and new technologies and vertical markets, among others.
Stephen Las Marias, I-Connect007
For the past two to three years, almost every exhibitor in almost every trade show focused on the electronics manufacturing industry has an "Industry 4.0 Compatible" sign in their booth. As of today, the best question to ask is, "Compatible with what?" There has really been no standard yet developed toward this goal, and Industry 4.0 has been just a buzz word.
Michael Ford, Aegis Software Corp.
From a typical manufacturing standpoint, cloud storage is simply another way or place in which to put data. From a usage perspective, many see it as being no different from an on-site server or even the external hard disk on your laptop. Off-site cloud storage is vast and can easily be cost effective, requiring no maintenance or fixed overhead other than paying the service bills. There are, however, a couple of very important things to consider with cloud storage.