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IPC issued the following statement from President and CEO John Mitchell on today’s passage of the “CHIPS+” legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, which follows Senate approval and paves the way to U.S. President Joe Biden’s signature:
“IPC, which is committed to building electronics better, welcomes the final passage of the bipartisan “CHIPS+” legislation, which will help America rebuild a critical part of the U.S. electronics supply chain.
“This much-needed legislation is great news for electronics manufacturers. Our members will have opportunities to secure funding for research and development (R&D), new and improved facilities, and critical workforce training through the programs authorized by the bill. In today’s high-tech world, America depends on advanced electronics; this bill strengthens the industry.
“We are particularly pleased that the bill includes investments in building U.S. advanced packaging capabilities, including at least $2.5 billion for a new National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program. Bolstering advanced packaging in the United States is critical to securing a reliable and innovative semiconductor supply chain. Without it, U.S.-made chips will still need to be sent offshore for packaging and assembly.
“We are pleased that both chambers of Congress were able to come together and pass this bill with bipartisan consensus. We hope policymakers from both parties agree and will work on helping rebuild the entire U.S. electronics manufacturing ecosystem.”
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.