SMT, PCB Electronics Industry News

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News from Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC)


May 15, 2014

Today, Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC-5) visited the Isola Group S.à r.l.’s manufacturing facility in Ridgeway, S.C., to learn firsthand about policy and regulatory issues affecting the electronics manufacturing industry.

Rep. Mulvaney’s visit to Isola included a tour of the facility that manufactures laminate materials used to fabricate printed boards that are used in a variety of advanced electronics including network and communications equipment, high-end consumer products, advanced automotive, aerospace, military and medical applications.

My sincerest thanks to Isola and IPC for hosting today’s meeting,” said Rep. Mulvaney. “Isola is an important manufacturer in South Carolina, and I’m genuinely appreciative of the hard work and attention to detail that goes into manufacturing laminate materials for electronic products and equipment that each of us use every day.”

The Congressman visited with Isola’s Mike Gastonguay, President – Americas and discussed a variety of issues including export controls, R&D tax credits and intellectual property protection. "Isola was honored to host Rep. Mulvaney at our facility,” said Gastonguay. “It is important for our industry to engage with policymakers and work with IPC to ensure our collective voices are heard on critical policy issues and regulations that enhance economic growth.”

Rep. Mulvaney’s visit was part of IPC’s “Meet the Policymakers” program. Through this program, IPC government relations staff matches IPC-member companies with their respective representatives to schedule visits to company locations. Member companies interested in hosting a legislator should contact IPC Vice President of Government Relations John Hasselmann at

IPC ( is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,400 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.

Isola Group S.à r.l., ( headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, is a global material sciences company focused on designing, developing, manufacturing, and marketing copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepregs used to fabricate advanced multilayer printed circuit boards. The company's high-performance materials are used in sophisticated electronic applications in the communications infrastructure, computing/networking, military, medical, aerospace and automotive industries.

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