Eshoo & Moore unveil bipartisan bill to bring electronics manufacturing to America and strengthen supply chains

The electronics industry welcomes Congress’ bipartisan proposal to promote the US PCB industry

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The electronics manufacturing industry is welcoming a new bipartisan proposal to the US Congress that would help bring the country’s printed circuit board (PCB) industry back to life.

The Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022, introduced by representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT), would incentivize purchases of domestically produced PCBs, as well as industry investments in factories, equipment, training workforce, and research and development. The provisions of the bill are modeled on the type of support provided to the closely related semiconductor industry under the CHIPS Act of 2021.

IPC President and CEO John Mitchell said, This bipartisan bill addresses vulnerabilities in a key segment of the electronics manufacturing value chain by adopting a ‘silicon to systems’ approach that prioritizes innovation, resilience and innovation in the electronics industry. We thank representatives Eshoo and Moore for their leadership in helping rebuild US electronics manufacturing and call on all members of Congress to support this bill. “

PCBs are as integral to electronics as semiconductor chips, their best-known partners. They are the physical platform on which microelectronic components such as chips and capacitors are mounted and interconnected. Electronic systems cannot work without PCBs.

However, according to “Leadership Lost”, a report published recently by IPC, the United States “has lost its historical dominance in the PCB industry”. Since 2000, the US share of world PCB production has dropped from over 30% to just 4%, with China now dominating the sector with around 50%. Only four of the top 20 electronic manufacturing service (EMS) companies are based in the United States. Any loss of access to non-domestic sources of PCBs would be “catastrophic,” the report said.

Numerous government and industry reports have been sounding the alarm for nearly 20 years. More recently, a 2018 Department of Commerce report characterized the industry as “dying on the vine” and the Department’s 2022 report on the information and communication technology (ICT) industry found the same risks as the chain of supply.

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