IPC Global Policy Framework – 2016
Building Tomorrow’s Advanced Manufacturing Economy
Driving Technological Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing
As a global industry association, IPC supports policies that promote innovation and advanced manufacturing worldwide. For more than 50 years, the electronics industry has supplied high-reliability electronics for defense, communication, transportation, medical and other applications. As these technologies have become more sophisticated, so too have the electronic printed circuit boards upon which they rely. Today, IPC members are on the frontlines of industry efforts to pack significantly more technology into ever-smaller devices. Staying competitive in this environment requires continued investment in basic and applied research and development (R&D). For this reason, IPC advocates for government initiatives that bolster R&D and advanced manufacturing. IPC is also a strong supporter of public-private partnerships, such as those established through the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) in the United States and the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany.
Promoting a 21st Century Economy and Workforce
Beyond policies that directly affect manufacturing, IPC members encourage government policies that support broad-based economic growth and competitiveness. Favorable tax regimes are chief among these policies. IPC advocates for corporate tax rates and incentives that stimulate business investment, and we favor a reduction of trade barriers that hinder commercial ties between countries. IPC – itself a provider of many education and training opportunities – endorses government-backed workforce development initiatives and strong science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education policies. We also support immigration policies that allow for international mobility among high-skilled workers to ensure that companies have access to the talent they need to be globally competitive. Furthermore, intellectual property protection remains a top priority for the technology industry, and IPC supports government and industry initiatives to defend and enforce these rights.
Advocating for Smart, Science-Based Regulation
Manufacturers in many parts of the world face a complex and overwhelming regulatory compliance burden, negatively impacting their abilities to develop innovative technology, create jobs and compete in a global marketplace. IPC members favor a regulatory regime that balances risks, costs and benefits based on the best available scientific research. Government regulations, especially as they pertain to environmental protection, are often unnecessarily burdensome and/or lack scientific support. IPC strongly supports efforts among governments to reform their regulatory processes to ensure greater public scrutiny and more thoughtful deliberation on regulations that are likely to impede business growth.
IPC strongly supports cost-effective, science-based environmental initiatives and participates in voluntary environmental programs, including the U.S. EPA’s Design for the Environment partnership projects, the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) standard and the Greener Chemicals and Processes Information Standard, developed by the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute® and NSF International. IPC is a strong advocate for scientifically-based regulations and supports thorough, life-cycle evaluation of substances and their alternatives prior to any restrictions.