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First, we asked you to send in your questions for Happy Holden, Joe Fjelstad, and Eric Camden in our “Just Ask” series. Now, it’s IPC President and CEO John Mitchell’s turn! A regular PCB007 columnist, John focuses on many of the challenges affecting the global electronics industry supply chain. Over the years, he has served as an engineer, manager, and executive at a variety of companies and organizations. We hope you enjoy “Just Ask John.”
Q: How do you anticipate, either now or after the election, the means by which we could offer (i.e., sell) technical assistance and/or products to clients and organizations based in mainland China and other countries in Asia?
A: The tensions between the U.S. and China are likely to persist regardless of the outcome of the 2020 elections. There is broad and bipartisan support among federal policymakers for a more oppositional U.S. stance toward China, and China thus far has proved willing to go tit-for-tat. All companies that do business with or in China will need to be vigilant in keeping abreast of legal restrictions and tariff changes.
IPC has three wholly-owned subsidiary companies in Asia/Greater China. These subsidiaries offer IPC products and services across the region, including technical consulting services, qualified manufacturer listings, and process audits under IPC’s Validation Services Program. For further information on these services, contact Evelyn Cui, Greater China operations director.
To submit your questions to John, click here.
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.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
“You are the average of the five people that you spend the most time with.” This saying is attributed to Jim Rohn, and I couldn’t help thinking of that quote as I put together this week’s listings. Hear me out: 1) There are five items on our list; 2) These items zoomed to the top based on reader interest; 3) Every single one of these news items has an “association” association—IPC, iNEMI, SMTA, and NextFlex are all represented in what you, dear reader, chose to explore this last week.