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Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: Tariffs & Trade Wars

Barely a day passes without one politician or nation taking a shot at another with trade tariffs. During his keynote at CES in January, Consumer Technology Association (CTA) President and CEO, Gary Shapiro, simplified things when he described tariffs as taxes. So, are they the right tool to correct imbalances in trade or are tariffs and trade wars simply bad for business?

To answer those questions and gain some insight into what it means for industry, a hanful of industry veterans joined me for a chat during the IPC’s APEX Expo: Scott Fillebrown, managing director of Southwest Systems; Mathieu Kury, regional director of Business Development in the Americas for AsteelFlash; and Chris Mitchell, vice president, Global Government Relations of IPC. 

Clearly, this creates a big challenge for contract manufacturers, so having someone on the panel from such a large electronics manufacturing services (EMS) player as AsteelFlash is hugely valuable. I wanted to understand what their customers were expecting from them and what level of additional demand it was driving in specific regions. Having an equipment supplier was also essential. No-one sees shifts in demand faster that they do, not just for their own equipment but for their customers too. 

IPC has a role to play in participating in the debate at a government level, representing the industry in Washington and beyond. But they also play an important role in sharing the insight they gain with their members and helping them prepare for the impacts of tariffs when they are applied. The IPC’s webinars on tariffs are among the most highly attended events they host.

In this lively debate, the panelists share real experience, ideas, insights, and some solutions to this tricky and challenging topic.

Filmed on location in San Diego at the SCOOP studio with sponsorship of Aegis Software, Cogiscan, Creative Electron, Fuji America, KIC and Koh Young Technology.

2 comments on “Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: Tariffs & Trade Wars

  1. UdyRegan
    March 27, 2019

    It is difficult to get a clear weightage on what exactly those costs mean. Over time, we have learnt a thing or two on what to expect but do we really understand their underlying small prints? We could all be paying what is required but does it really add up to that much?

  2. michaelmaloney
    March 27, 2019

    Honestly speaking all this back and forth is making me happy that I don't have to worry about my business moving internationally at the moment. Very happy with local and domestic customers in the storage industry thank you very much!

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