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The electronics manufacturing industry is applauding the U.S. Senate for taking bipartisan action on legislation that will, if enacted, spur a new era of innovation, manufacturing and investment within the electronics industry.
The “CHIPS+” legislation, includes more than $52 billion funding to implement the CHIPS Act; at least $2.5 billion for advanced packaging R&D; as well as additional measures to boost American R&D. The measure passed in a bipartisan vote, 64-33.
“This legislation is the first step in strengthening a critical part of the U.S. electronics supply chain,” said IPC President and CEO John Mitchell. “Today's vote demonstrates that a robust and innovative electronics manufacturing industry is a strategic priority for the United States.
“With the August recess looming, the House must take action now and pass this legislation without delay,” Mitchell continued. “We also urge the Biden administration and Congress to remain committed to continue the work of bolstering the entire electronics ecosystem to ensure innovative, resilient, and secure electronics manufacturing. Chips do not function on their own.”
IPC is the industry’s leading advocate for building U.S. advanced packaging capabilities. IPC studies have urged Congress to couple its investments in semiconductor manufacturing with additional support for advanced packaging, printed circuit boards (PCBs), and related technologies. Without such action, U.S.-made chips will continue to be sent offshore to be manufactured into finished products, leaving the United States vulnerable to supply chain shocks.
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.