Where the Electronics Supply Chain Comes Together

The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) is made up of the leading electronic component manufacturers, their manufacturer representatives and authorized distributors. ECIA members share a common goal of promoting and improving the business environment for the authorized sale of electronic components. Comprised of a broad array of leaders and professionals representing all phases of the electronics components supply chain, ECIA is where business optimization, product authentication and industry advocacy come together. ECIA members develop industry guidelines and technical standards, as well as generate critical business intelligence. 

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ECIA Update from David Loftus, President and CEO

To Our Valued Members,

When I took on the role of CEO of ECIA at the beginning of 2020 I never imagined I would be getting to know everyone over a series of webcam calls! While it has been challenging, there is also an upside: we have been able to step up Board and Council communications and spend quality video chat time with probably more of you than we would have pre-Covid. Your Board, Councils, Committee members and ECIA staff have been working non-stop through all of this and great strides have been made in addressing industry issues. Let me fill you in on some of the activities:

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Coronavirus Survey – Update 9

07/15 Results of Manufacturer & Distributor Survey Ended July 15, 2020

Dale Ford, Chief Analyst

As the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact electronics components supply chain participants the most recent data from ECIA’s survey of manufacturers and distributors yields a picture of modest overall improvement and stabilizing results. The results reflect the hopeful economic uncertainty that still exists as many states have pulled back from reopening businesses in the face of renewed growth in COVID-19 cases. Other factors such as societal unrest and competing federal government stimulus plans continue to leave supply chain managers in a challenging position.  There is no clear trend one way or the other in the overall economy and that is reflected in the electronics components industry.  Revenues in the first half of 2020 were much more solid than originally feared and hopes for the second half remain.  However, as always, the ability to manage the pandemic is over-riding all other factors as we look forward. The challenges of the pandemic remain and concerns regarding a “second wave” continue.

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Q2 Update Webinar

Monday, July 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. PDT

The Global Industry Practices Committee has been working on some new initiatives in the second quarter of 2020 and will hold their Q2 update, led by Don Elario, committee members and the SME (Subject Matter Expert) resource pool members. We encourage ECIA members and non-members to join the webinar, learn about the important work being done and submit your ideas and suggestions. Click here to register. 

The agenda will provide valuable information:

For more information, please contact Don Elario at [email protected] and click here to register

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From our COO and General Counsel

Robin B. Gray, Jr. 

06/23 COVID-19: Considerations for Returning to Work 

Returning to work can present businesses with a number of challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is especially true with regard to employee safety and compliance with existing government regulations.  Two Federal agencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have recently issued COVID-19 guidance for employers.

Exposure to COVID-19 is considered a workplace hazard for purposes of OSHA compliance.  As such, employers should be cognizant of the application of existing OSHA requirements to the prevention of occupational exposure to COVID-19.  In general, these regulations require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) when job hazards warrant it.  OSHA has provided a resource (https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/hazardrecognition.html) to assist employers in assessing the risk of exposure to employees.  More recently, the agency has published FAQs (https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/covid-19-faq.html#cloth-face-coverings) on wearing masks while at work.  While employers may require employees to wear masks at work, the employer is not required to provide masks. However, it should be noted that cloth face masks are not considered PPE.

The EEOC has provided employers with guidance (https://www.eeoc.gov/wysk/what-you-should-know-about-covid-19-and-ada-rehabilitation-act-and-other-eeo-laws) on how COVID-19 restrictions affect the application of disability and discrimination laws.  Of note in the EEOC guidance is the following significant statement: The EEO laws, including the ADA and Rehabilitation Act, continue to apply during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, but they do not interfere with or prevent employers from following the guidelines and suggestions made by the CDC or state/local public health authorities about steps employers should take regarding COVID-19. 

The detailed guidance is directed at employers grappling with how to safely return employees to the workforce, particularly those employees with certain underlying conditions The agency guidance includes a FAQ section which answers important questions about testing employees for the virus and temperature checks.  While an employer may require testing for the presence of the virus, the employer cannot require an antibodies test.  There are also responses to questions about reasonable accommodation, discrimination, age, return to work and pregnancy.

As always, ECIA members should stay abreast of state and local restrictions.  In most cases, state and local laws control return to work and the lifting of travel and public gathering restrictions.  ECIA has found this link to be a useful resource in monitoring state restrictions:  https://www.multistate.us/research/covid/public

Please refer to ECIA’s Coronavirus Resources page which is updated as new information is received. 

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2020 ECIA Executive Conference Has Been Cancelled

Save the Dates for 2021: October 24-26 | Loews Chicago O'Hare

More than ever, we look forward to reuniting at the industry's premier executive event! 


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August 05, 2020