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In D.C., Electronics Industry Leaders Urge Full Funding of Advanced Manufacturing Institutes

Bannockburn, IL — Top executives from leading electronics companies across the United States are calling on Congress to provide robust funding for the new National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), as they gather in Washington, D.C. for IMPACT 2015: IPC on Capitol Hill.

The senior executives – all members of IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries — are descending on the nation's capital for discussions with members of Congress and Administration officials on issues that are critical to the future of the electronics industry and the U.S. economy. The association's Global Policy Framework includes support for: 

  • Robust funding for the public-private partnerships authorized by the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act, passed by Congress and signed into law in December 2014;
  • Increased long-term funding for basic research and development programs, including the “American Innovation Act” (S. 747, H.R. 1398); 
  • Comprehensive tax reform, including a permanent R&D tax credit (H.R. 880);
  • Education & training programs in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math); and
  • Bipartisan efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) (S. 697). 

On Tuesday, the group will jointly host a Congressional Reception along with SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International). On Wednesday, the group will honor a senior member of Congress with the “IPC Government Impact Award.” 

IPC member companies represent an estimated 800,000 U.S. employees in almost every state and in a variety of industry categories. 

IMPACT 2015 participating member companies include: Ascentron; Assembly Systems; Chemcut; Cirtronics; Creation Technologies; Eagle Circuits; Electronic Interconnect; Heller Industries; Hunter Technology; Isola Group; JPS Industries; Juki Automation Systems; Lockheed Martin; Optimum Design Associates; SAIC; STI Electronics; TTM Technologies; Uyemura International; Viasystems Group; Viscom; and Zentech Manufacturing. 

“Last year, IPC led industry efforts to pass the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act – the legislation that authorized the NNMI,” said John Mitchell, president and CEO of IPC. “This year, we are working to ensure full funding for the NNMI and other federal R&D investments that are important not only for the continued success of IPC's members and the electronics industry, but essential for American innovation and a strong U.S. economy.” 

IMPACT 2015, along with IPC's advocacy work around the world, demonstrates a commitment to strengthen the electronics industry's voice in the halls of government.

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