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Brexit will have a big impact on the electronics industry. The so called “phase one” of the negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) is ongoing, with the two parts trying to reach an agreement on the terms of the exit of the UK from the bloc. In December, we are expecting the negotiators to move on to “phase-two,” which is the crucial discussion on the future EU/UK relationship, including trade arrangements.
With this in mind, IPC has sought the views of its European members on the key issues of concern for them. Electronics has benefitted substantially from the possibility to move components and articles across borders without restrictions and concerns over the imposition of customs checks or any measure that might delay the movement of goods across borders are key concerns for our members. In addition, there have been concerns over the possibility of products moving between the EU and the UK having tariffs imposed on them. Finally, to a lesser extent, some IPC members have voiced concern over possible restrictions in the access of highly skilled labor, which could make the recruitment of the necessary staff more difficult for the sector.
Brexit was discussed with key EU policy makers during this year’s IMPACT Europe event in Brussels, where our members’ concerns were communicated to officials. View discussion paper on the potential impact of Brexit on IPC members.
Dave Lackey and Anaya Vardya, American Standard Circuits
The design process is arguably the most important part of the flex circuit procurement process. The decisions made in the design process will have a lasting impact, for better or worse, throughout the manufacturing cycle. In advance of providing important details about the actual construction of the flex circuit, it is of value to provide some sort of understanding of the expected use environment for the finished product.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
ICT technical director Bill Wilkie is well-known for choosing notable venues for Institute of Circuit Technology events, and his choice for this year’s Annual Symposium was the National Motor Museum, located in the village of Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest, a national park in the county of Hampshire in Southern England. The region is known for its heathland, forest trails and native ponies.
Barry Matties, I-Connect007
June marks the start of summer, and with that, the EIPC’s annual summer conference. Highlighted by its thought-provoking presentations, social outings and factory tours, the conference continues to be valuable and productive for attendees. This year should prove no different, with EIPC set to celebrate its 50th anniversary. I spoke with EIPC Executive Director Kirsten Smit-Westenberg about what can be expected from the upcoming conference in Düsseldorf, Germany.