IPC Global Advocacy Report
July 2015

Dear IPC Members and Friends:

IPC places a high priority on government relations because so many public policy debates have large impacts on our industry. We actively advocate on our members’ behalf on issues such as taxes, regulations, R&D, and the environment. 

In this new report, we will share some brief highlights of what we’re working on in the IPC Government Relations office. The stories below cover just a few of the issues that we are engaged in on an ever-changing basis. We hope this information is useful to your work, and we would welcome your questions and suggestions.

Sincerely,
John Hasselmann
VP of Government Relations

IMPACT 2015: Presenting a Unified Voice on Capitol Hill

during IMPACT 2015

During IMPACT 2015, IPC presented its Government Impact Award to Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) for his leadership on issues of importance to our industry.  L to R:  Mikel Williams, president and CEO of JPS Industries; Congressman Royce; and John Mitchell, president and CEO of IPC. 

It's hard to beat face-to-face communications, which is one of the reasons we put so much effort into our annual Washington, D.C. “fly-in” event, IMPACT: IPC ON CAPITOL HILL. On April 29 and 30, 22 C-level executives from IPC member companies gathered in Washington for a series of discussions with members of Congress and Administration officials on issues that are critical to the future of our industry and the economy. 

IMPACT 2015 was a solid success, judging from the largest-ever attendance of company executives and the largest-ever number of government meetings held. This event, along with IPC’s advocacy work around the world, demonstrates our commitment to strengthening the electronics industry’s voice in the halls of government.

Thanks again to all who participated! If you missed it, please join us next year! We hope to see you all next April as we continue to cultivate important relationships at IMPACT 2016.

IPC APEX EXPO: 5 Days of Learning, Sharing, and Connecting

IPC APEX EXPO

Aides to Reps. Duncan Hunter, Darrell Issa, Scott Peters, and Juan Vargas met with a number of member company reps on the APEX EXPO 2015 show floor. 

Earlier this year, the IPC Government Relations team was actively involved in our industry’s largest conference and exhibition of the year, APEX EXPO 2015, in San Diego, Calif.

For starters, the IPC Government Relations Committee held informational meetings for IPC members to discuss issues such as export control regulations, federal funding opportunities for R&D and advanced manufacturing, and chemical regulations changes in California. A key part of our job is educating our members on these issues and helping them navigate the ever-changing policy environment.

In addition to the internal sessions, we were pleased to host several influential Congressional staffers at the show. Aides to Reps. Duncan Hunter, Darrell Issa, Scott Peters, and Juan Vargas (all from southern California) met with a number of member company reps on the show floor (see photo). These visits were a great opportunity for members to share their views directly with key players on Capitol Hill.   

All in all, IPC APEX EXPO was a great opportunity for us to learn from you, share with you, and enhance our ability to represent you in the halls of government. 

ADVOCACY: IPC Releases Its 2015 Global Policy Framework

As the new Congress convened in Q1, we kicked off our 2015 advocacy efforts by releasing our Global Policy Framework, laying out a blueprint for a strong manufacturing economy and an advanced electronics industry. The framework is based on input from members like you, and it identifies IPC’s top priority issues for our advocacy efforts this year.  Those issue areas are:
  • Driving Technological Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing;
  • Promoting a 21st Century Economy and Workforce;
  • Advocating for Smart Regulation; and
  • Supporting Science-Based Environmental Protection.

Specific issues under these headings include public-private partnerships for manufacturing innovation, tax policy, education and training, and environmental health and safety policy.

To read more, please visit http://www.ipc.org/ContentPage.aspx?pageid=IPC-Global-Policy-Framework.

MEDIA: IPC Launches Column in Industry Publication

We are excited to share the news that the IPC Government Relations team now has a regular column in PCB Magazine, which started in April. This will be a great platform for us to share information with a larger audience.

We have had two columns published so far:  Raising a Unified Voice for an Advanced Manufacturing Economy, followed by a recap of IMPACT 2015. We look forward to further promoting our industry’s voice through this remarkable opportunity.

Facilities tours

Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) (center) tours the facilities at Creation Technologies in St. Peter, Minnesota.

GET INVOLVED: Meet Your Policymakers!

Are you interested in sharing your insights and company story with your elected officials? Another great way to do this is by taking part in IPC’s “Meet the Policymakers” program, in which we bring Members of Congress to IPC member facilities, give them an educational tour, and exchange views on current policy issues. Both the legislators and company personnel tell us they gain a lot from these visits. 

We are in the process of scheduling more visits for 2015, so please contact us if you are interested in participating. 

Upcoming Events

September 29, 2015  
IPC Executive Meeting: The NNMI and the Future of U.S. Advanced Manufacturing
Chicago, Illinois

October 13, 2015
IPC Conference on Government Regulation
Essen, Germany