Supply chain security and having access to trusted manufacturers in the US would be an ideal outcome of the Printed Circuit Board Act.

IPC President and CEO John Michell talk about how the organization helps shape the current bipartisan proposal to help bring back PCB manufacturing in the US and how this can contribute to a globally resilient supply chain.

 

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Show Highlights:

  • John Mitchell briefly talks about his background and dives right into the topic, the Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act
  • John emphasizes the role of the IPC as the voice of the electronics industry
  • Supply chain security and having more trusted PCB manufacturers in the US would be a great outcome of the Printed Circuit Board Act
    • Adapting the existing legislation on manufacturing defense products to broader use, especially with electronics
    • Raise awareness of the different aspects of the electronics supply chain shortages and other  issues related to it
    • Eradicate the notion that PCBs are just a piece of plastic, but an essential piece in every electronic
  • The IPC's influence on shaping laws relating to the electronics
    • John explains IPC's role and involvement, which includes solving industry problems related, but not limited to, the workforce, supply chain, and advanced packaging issues
    • The IPC SEA Tools: Standards, Education, and Advocacy
  • John stresses that having manufacturers in different regions is a key to a resilient supply chain
    • Identify what electronic products to manufacture where
  • The Printed Circuit Board is a 60 billion industry globally, and only 3-5% of volume comes from the US
  • John explains the impact of the changing administrations in the US on the current progression of different bills and legislations relating to the electronic industry

Links and Resources:

Connect with John Mitchell on LinkedIn
Visit the IPC website here
Learn more about the Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022
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Watch a recent related episode: The Benefits of Diversifying PCB Industry Supply Chain

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