Raising a Unified Voice for an Advanced Manufacturing Economy


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Almost every day, government officials weigh decisions that may affect the electronics manufacturing industry—decisions on issues like research and development, taxes, regulations, and the environment—decisions that can either help or hinder the competitiveness and financial success of companies across the global electronics supply chain.

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IPC has made a long-term, strategic decision to up our game in government relations. We believe that presenting a strong and unified industry voice to government officials is one of the best ways to ensure our members’ future success in a global economy.

IPC is a U.S.-based, global industry association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its more than 3,600 member companies, which represent all facets of the electronics industry. We place a high priority on educating government officials about our industry and the policy issues that affect us.

The results from a recent IPC-member survey show that we are not alone in this belief. The IPC Government Relations (GR) team conducted a survey in November 2014 of association members in all geographies to gather input on priority concerns. When asked, “Do government decisions on matters like regulation and taxes have significant impact on our business?” 86% of survey respondents agreed. Issues of top concern included conflict minerals, environmental regulations, export controls and trade, and research and development funding.

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It is evident that government relations matters both from the standpoint of an association and from the views of its individual members. It is important for us, and for any association, to implement a strong and well-developed GR strategy to best ensure the financial success of our members and our industry as a whole in the global economy.

Elements of a Good GR Strategy for an Association

As part of our commitment to public policy advocacy, the IPC GR team is implementing several strategies to make a difference for our industry and the overall economy. Our actions are aimed at educating key policymakers about issues affecting the electronics industry; connecting industry experts with policymakers for a direct dialogue on real-world impacts of policy decisions; and informing our members about policy actions that may affect their businesses.

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