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Meet Chris Mitchell, one of our newest I-Connect007 columnists! In his columns, Mitchell and the IPC Government Relations Team provide news and views on government policies that affect the electronics industry and its supply chain.
Chris Mitchell is vice president for global government affairs at IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries—where he is responsible for development and implementation of the organization’s global advocacy efforts and public policy agenda with a focus on electronics industry business improvement, environment, health and safety, and defense initiatives. Mitchell works closely with members of IPC’s Government Relations Steering Committees and with IPC professional staff in Washington, Brussels, and Beijing, representing IPC and the electronics industry before policymakers and identifying opportunities for IPC to demonstrate its leadership in government relations and public policy.
Previously, Mitchell was a director at Prime Policy Group—a leading Washington, D.C., government relations firm—where he represented both U.S. and international interests before Congress and the Executive Branch. Before that, he spent more than eight years working for members of Congress from the State of California for whom he handled technology, trade, and transportation issues. Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University and a master’s degree in philosophy from San Jose State University.
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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.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
I know I’m not alone in this behavior: Car advertisements during television commercial breaks are as good as invisible to me, until I’m thinking about getting a new car. Only then do I notice them. Rather, I see each one with all my attention and being. If that extends into our industry, then everybody must be itching to pick up some new equipment. This week’s must-reads includes a smattering of new product announcements, along with the news of the IPC European subsidiary.
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.