electronics, conflict minerals, Africa

How the SEC’s Shift on Conflict Minerals Will Impact Electronics

Portions of the electronics industry are applauding a policy shift toward the so-called “conflict minerals” rule that requires publicly traded U.S. companies to disclose the use of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG) sourced from war-torn regions of Africa. Acting Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Michael Piwowar has directed agency staff to reconsider how companies…

EU Adopts Conflict Mineral Regulations

The EU this week voted to adopt regulations pertaining to the sourcing of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TG) from conflicted regions of the world. The regulations, which require supply chain due diligence self-certification of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, are mandatory for smelters and importers of raw materials and…

IPC: PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio Climbs to 1.08

Bannockburn, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the October 2016 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. The PCB book-to-bill ratio continued to strengthen, climbing to 1.08, while sales and orders were both down in October. Total North American PCB shipments in October 2016 were 8.3 percent below…

IPC Releases Quality Benchmark Study for Electronics Assembly

Bannockburn, Ill. — IPC’s Study of Quality Benchmarks for Electronics Assembly 2016 is now available. The annual study provides valuable benchmarking data to electronics assembly companies interested in comparing quality measurements to industry averages. The quality control measurements covered by the study include first-pass yields for various test methods in use as well as the percent of…

IPC: North American PCB Sales Growth Continues, Orders Down

Bannockburn, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the July 2016 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Compared to the same month last year, PCB sales growth continued in July, while order growth was negative, causing the book-to-bill ratio to slip to 0.94. Total North American PCB shipments…

IPC to Develop Press-Fit Pin Standard for Automotive

Bannockburn, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has announced plans to start the development of a new standard intended to cover the qualifications and acceptance requirements for press-fit pin technology that includes the reliability needs for automotive and other industries, such as aerospace. This new standard is highly anticipated, as there is currently not a…