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48 The PCB Magazine • January 2016 individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residence, may join together to make political contributions to candidates. The IPC PAC is non-partisan and supports pro-manufacturing candidates. In Europe, IPC convened a conference in Es- sen, Germany on EU policy issues. The event provided attendees with an in-depth look at pending EU regulations on conflict minerals, along with updates on critical regulatory pro- grams affecting electronics, including Registra- tion, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemi- cals (REACH) and Restriction of Hazardous Sub- stances (RoHS). For much of 2015, IPC members worked to educate EU policymakers about the risks of onerous conflict minerals regulations. In Asia, IPC worked to influence the emerg- ing Chinese Due Diligence Guidelines for Re- sponsible Mineral Supply Chains. Additionally, in a move that will enhance IPC's ability to serve its members in the government relations and business development arenas, we promoted Philip Carmichael—a 30-year veteran of doing business in China—to the position of IPC Presi- dent of Asia. As we continue to advance our efforts in 2016, our industry needs to build on these suc- cesses, and set new advocacy goals to drive ad- vanced manufacturing worldwide. Here are a few of the IPC Government Relations team's New Year's Resolutions, drawn from IPC's Glob- al Policy Framework: Supporting Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing IPC will continue to advocate for stepped- up public-private collaboration to promote in- novation and advanced manufacturing all over the world. Efforts such as NNMI in the United States and the Fraunhofer Institutes in Germa- NEW YEAR, NEW OUTLOOK FOR THE ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY Figure 1: representative paul ryan touring creation technologies. article

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