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IPC Releases Global Public Policy Framework for 2015; Announces Dates for “IMPACT 2015: IPC ON CAPITOL HILL”

Jan 27, 2015

The world’s leading advocate for the electronics industry today released its Global Policy Framework for 2015, outlining its top public policy priorities to promote a strong manufacturing economy. 

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® is a U.S.-based, global industry association dedicated to the success of its 3,500 member companies, who are spread across the entire electronics supply chain. The group’s Global Policy Framework for 2015 targets four broad areas:  driving technological innovation and advanced manufacturing; promoting a 21st century economy and workforce; advocating for smart regulation; and supporting science-based environmental protection.

Specific issues under these headings include public-private partnerships for manufacturing innovation, tax policy, education and training, and environmental health and safety policy.

IPC places a high priority on public policy engagement because governments on all continents are weighing decisions that will affect our industry,” said John Hasselmann, IPC vice president of government relations. “This Global Policy Framework lays the foundation for our advocacy efforts that we will implement in Washington, Brussels, Beijing and beyond.” 

In addition to releasing its Policy Framework, IPC is also announcing the dates of its major U.S. public policy event of the year, “IMPACT 2015: IPC ON CAPITOL HILL.” This two-day event will take place on April 29 and 30, 2015 in Washington, D.C., giving C-level executives a unique opportunity to interact with senior policymakers and advise them on issues that affect the electronics industry.

At last year’s IMPACT, IPC members met with leading figures including Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Representatives Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Bill Johnson (R-OH).  Officials from the White House and State Department provided updates on Administration policies. Each of these meetings provided IPC members a way to share their companies’ insights on key issues that affect the electronics industry.

Bhawnesh Mathur, president and CEO of Creation Technologies and chairman of the IPC Government Relations Committee said, “IMPACT 2014 was a very successful event for IPC, in part because it helped push forward the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act which was passed by Congress and signed by the President this past December. Overall, IMPACT enables IPC to bring our industry priority concerns to policymakers’ attention and develop lasting, valuable relationships.  I am looking forward to what we can accomplish this year.”

Registration for IMPACT 2015 will be opened shortly at The Global Policy Framework can be found on IPC’s website at

IPC ( is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,500 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 and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Chengdu and Beijing, China.

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