IPC Global Policy Framework 2018

Creating Jobs and Building Tomorrow’s Advanced Manufacturing Economy

As an advocate for more than 4,300 member companies, representing all facets of the $2 trillion global electronics industry, IPC works to advance a public policy agenda in three broad areas:

Promoting a 21st Century Economy and Workforce

IPC members support policies that drive broad-based economic growth and competitiveness. Among its priorities, IPC advocates for lower corporate tax rates and incentives that stimulate business investment, and for international trade agreements to advance open and fair trade between countries. IPC – itself a provider of many education and training opportunities – endorses ambitious workforce development initiatives, especially in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We support immigration policies that allow for international mobility among highly-skilled workers to ensure that companies have access to the talent they need to be globally competitive.

Driving Technological Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing

For more than 60 years, IPC members have supplied high-reliability electronics for defense, transportation, aerospace, industrial, medical, and other applications. Staying competitive in a global economy requires continuous investment in basic and applied research and development (R&D) as well as advanced manufacturing innovation. For this reason, IPC advocates for government initiatives that bolster R&D and advanced manufacturing innovation. For example, IPC is a strong supporter of public-private partnerships such as the innovation institutes established through Manufacturing USA in the United States and the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany. Furthermore, IPC continues to promote strong intellectual property protection and strives to prevent counterfeit products in the supply chain through our standards initiatives and advocacy efforts.

Advocating for Smart Regulation and Environmental Policy  

Manufacturers in many parts of the world face a complex and overwhelming regulatory compliance burden that negatively impacts their abilities to develop innovative technology, create jobs, and compete in a global marketplace. Often times, regulations, such as those on conflict minerals, are overly burdensome and do not achieve the intended result. IPC strongly supports efforts among governments to reform their regulatory processes to ensure greater public scrutiny and a balance among risks, costs and benefits based on the best available scientific research. IPC also supports voluntary environmental initiatives and thorough, life-cycle evaluations of substances and their alternatives prior to any restrictions.