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Statement of Support from IPC for New Actions to Strengthen America’s Supply Chains, Lower Costs for Families, and Secure Key SectorsNovember 27, 2023 | IPC
Estimated reading time: Less than a minute
Statement attributed to Chris Mitchell, IPC Vice President of Global Government Relations
IPC welcomes the actions outlined today by the U.S. Government “to strengthen supply chains critical to America’s economic and national security.”
The COVID-era disruptions experienced by the U.S. electronics manufacturing industry spotlight the extent to which the United States has outsourced its industrial base impacting everything from automobiles to aircraft to consumer products. The investments being made under the CHIPS and Science Act, Defense Production Act, and Inflation Reduction Act must cover more than just a few key products such as semiconductors – they also need to include the full electronics manufacturing system that enables semiconductor chips to function including printed circuit boards (PCBs) and integrated circuits (IC) substrates.
We are pleased to see today’s actions complementing last week’s announcement of a National Advancing Packaging Strategy. In addition, IPC welcomes the creation of a Cabinet-level Council on Supply Chain Resilience and a new quadrennial review process to ensure a comprehensive approach to this vital issue. We also applaud the actions to solidify the U.S. defense industrial base and the emphasis on international cooperation.
I just finished counting the percentage of times in which artificial intelligence/machine learning/data analytics topics appeared in the I-Connect007 news this week. What do you think the percentage is? AI has moved well beyond a technical term; heck, it has clearly also eclipsed catch-phrase status. It seems a foregone conclusion that AI applications will be inserting themselves into manufacturing just as they are appearing in our handheld devices. Speaking of handhelds, that market seems to be growing as well. This week’s five must-reads include smartphone market data, telecom infrastructure development, a new white paper on the influence of data analytics, a report on the European market, and the launch of a new podcast series on PCB 3.0, a new design methodology.
ViTrox, which aims to be the world’s most trusted technology company, is thrilled to announce its return to IPC APEX 2024, the largest electronics manufacturing event in North America. ViTrox eagerly invites visitors to explore our offerings at Booth #2642, Anaheim Convention Center, LA, from April 9th to 11th. During this time, we will unveil a series of cutting-edge inspection solutions poised to revolutionize manufacturing production lines.
Electronics Industry Praises U.S. Government Notice of Funding Opportunity for 'Advanced Packaging' Technologies02/29/2024 | IPC
IPC praised today’s issuance from the CHIPS for America R&D Office, through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), of a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for research and development activities that will establish and accelerate domestic capacity for advanced packaging substrates and substrate materials.
MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that transform our world, recently received the 2023 Outstanding Service Award from MFLEX, a global leader in flexible printed circuit board manufacturing and assembly. The award recognizes MKS for outstanding customer support and system service in high-production manufacturing environments.
Nano Dimension Ltd., a leading supplier of Additively Manufactured Electronics (“AME”) and multi-dimensional polymer, metal & ceramic Additive Manufacturing (“AM”) 3D printing solutions, today announced a series of updates covering its repurchase plan, repeat customer success, and an R&D milestone.