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IPC is encouraging the U.S. Senate and House to complete action on slimmed-down R&D legislation, following a Senate vote clearing the way for a vote in the coming days.
The Senate voted yesterday to proceed to debate on the bill, which includes more than $52 billion funding to implement the CHIPS Act and at least $2.5 billion for a new National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program. The motion passed 64-34, indicating strong bipartisan support. The bill may face additional changes as it is considered by the Senate.
A sense of urgency is driving action on the bill. Senate and House leaders want to send the bill to the President before the August district work period, which begins on July 27. Failure to enact the bill this summer would likely postpone final passage until after the November elections.
“IPC strongly supports passage of this bill,” said IPC President and CEO John Mitchell. “Companies engaged in standing up packaging and IC substrate facilities will have opportunities to tap into funding for R&D, new facilities, and workforce training through the programs authorized by the CHIPS Act. IPC is urging federal officials to structure these initiatives to deliver benefits across the electronics manufacturing industry.”
“However, the CHIPS Act is not a panacea,” he added. “Instead, it is a meaningful first step in helping to rebuild the U.S. electronics manufacturing industry. The Executive Branch and Congress must continue to support – through long-term policy and funding – the larger ecosystem that sustains innovative, resilient, and secure electronics manufacturing.”
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
The British Motor Museum in Warwickshire, housing the world's largest collection of historic British cars, was venue for the 2022 Annual Symposium of the Institute of Circuit Technology on June 8, which attracted a substantial gathering of manufacturers and suppliers from the UK printed circuit industry. ICT chair Emma Hudson reflected upon lessons learned during the pandemic lock-down and how the industry has successfully adapted to circumstances. She commented that the UK’s PCB fabricators are extremely busy, as she introduced an outstanding conference programme including a keynote from the incomparable Happy Holden.
Andy Shaughnessy, I-Connect007
This week, we bring you an article about manufacturing training for veterans, and a review of a great signal integrity webinar. IPC honors its A-Teams with the coveted Golden Gnome Awards, and Technica discusses various ways for fabricators to increase ROI. Dan Beaulieu has a review of a really cool book: Back to Human—How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation. In spite of all the meetings on Teams and Zoom, it’s easy to feel disconnected. But great leaders find a way to foster that connectivity.
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.