BANNOCKBURN, IL, USA, July 13 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — More than 100 senior executives representing companies in the U.S. electronics industry are urging the U.S. Congress to address critical deficiencies in the printed circuit board (PCB) industry and the entire supply chain. American e-procurement.
The letter, organized by IPC, a global electronics manufacturing association, urged all US House members to support HR 7677, the US Printed Circuit Board Support Act of 2022, which would encourage purchases of PCBs produced in the country as well as industry investment in factories. , equipment, manpower training and research and development (R&D).
The letter emphasized that the legislation, introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT), is critical to rebuilding a severely depleted but still critical U.S. manufacturing sector; relieve an already strained US supply chain; and would enhance the national security of the United States. PCBs are an essential part of the electronic ecosystem and are an integral part of electronics just like semiconductors. In fact, electronic systems cannot function without PCBs, yet the United States relies heavily on them from non-domestic sources and falls behind in advanced PCB technologies.
“Despite the importance of PCBs to electronic systems, they have been an afterthought for decision makers for decades,” said IPC President and CEO John Mitchell. “This bipartisan legislation, if passed, will spur critical investment in PCB research and manufacturing in the United States. We are pleased to see so many industry leaders agree and join us in seeking congressional support for this bill.
A recent IPC report revealed that the United States had lost its historical dominance in PCB manufacturing. Since 2000, the United States’ share of global PCB production has fallen from over 30% to just 4%; China now dominates the sector by around 50%. The report also points out that any loss of access to non-domestic sources of PCBs would be “catastrophic” to the United States’ ability to produce electronic components for weapon systems, communications equipment, medical devices, energy, etc.
The full letter and signatories can be found here.
IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Illinois, dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its more than 3,000 member companies who represent all facets of the electronics industry, including the design, manufacture of printed boards, assembly and electronic testing. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, industry intelligence and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of a $2 trillion global electronics industry.
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