IPC’s Thought Leaders Program (TLP) taps the knowledge of industry experts to inform our efforts on key change drivers and to offer valuable insights to IPC members and external stakeholders.
TLP experts provide ideas and insights in five areas:
- Education and workforce
- Technology and innovation
- The economy
- Key markets
- Environment, health, and safety
Learn more about the TLP:
TECHNOLOGY and INNOVATION
One of the program’s first projects was a report on the U.S. Defense Department’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), an ambitious effort to better protect the cyber security of the defense industrial base. Read the report and survey results.
Regardless of the industry one competes, there is constant pressure to develop new products and penetrate new markets. This difficulty is heightened when your company is situated in a high-technology industry such as electronics. The electronics industry requires continuous investment in equipment, infrastructure, processes and, of course, skilled workers.
It Shouldn’t Be Just Chips -- Rebuilding the U.S. Electronics Manufacturing Industry Is About Much More
EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE
It is critically important to develop within Europe advanced workforce skills related to the design and manufacturing of microelectronics. The microelectronics sector in Europe is responsible for directly 200,000 and indirectly 1,000,000 high-skilled jobs and the demand for new skills is unceasing.
ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH AND SAFETY
Electronics has grown rapidly, driven largely by the industry’s ability to deliver ever-increasing computing power in smaller, more creative packages. Electronics products are global and vast in number, even when compared to the growing world population. At the same time, the demand for more complex electronic materials has grown to a point where two thirds of the Periodic Table elements are used in varying amounts to produce them. To cope with these demands and move beyond the linear vectors of change, a more circular approach is needed on material usage.