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On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 185, the Regulatory Accountability Act. This bi-partisan bill is designed to curb costly regulations that negatively impact electronics companies’ ability to compete in a global marketplace.
IPC, along with other industry groups, signed a letter in support of the bill. This letter was essential during the floor debate as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), a sponsor of the bill, referenced the letter to show the bill’s broad support.
IPC has supported this bill through its House passage in 2013, 2014 and now, 2015. This legislative effort was one of the issues discussed during IPC’s advocacy event, IMPACT 2014, last June.
IPC will be working in the months ahead to make sure our industry’s voice is heard as this bill progresses and hopefully gets taken up by the Senate.
You can read more about the bill and how it will modernize the federal rulemaking process here.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
ICT technical director Bill Wilkie is well-known for choosing notable venues for Institute of Circuit Technology events, and his choice for this year’s Annual Symposium was the National Motor Museum, located in the village of Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest, a national park in the county of Hampshire in Southern England. The region is known for its heathland, forest trails and native ponies.
Barry Matties, I-Connect007
June marks the start of summer, and with that, the EIPC’s annual summer conference. Highlighted by its thought-provoking presentations, social outings and factory tours, the conference continues to be valuable and productive for attendees. This year should prove no different, with EIPC set to celebrate its 50th anniversary. I spoke with EIPC Executive Director Kirsten Smit-Westenberg about what can be expected from the upcoming conference in Düsseldorf, Germany.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
For our first issue of the Flex007 Magazine, we invited a group of flexible circuit experts to discuss their work in this rapidly growing segment. Participants included Jonathan Weldon of DuPont, Mark Finstad of Flexible Circuit Technologies, and Scott McCurdy and Scott Miller of Freedom CAD. In a free-wheeling discussion with Andy Shaughnessy and Barry Matties, these technologists share their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities in flexible circuits, as well as what constitutes the cutting edge of flex right now.