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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Introducing ECIA President David Loftus

The latest episode of The Channel Channel podcast introduces David Loftus, ECIA President and CEO. The conversation covers David’s background and vision for the future of the Association.

With over 35 years of experience in the electronic components industry, Mr. Loftus has served in a broad range of senior executive positions, including Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Maxim Integrated, Executive Vice President Worldwide Sales and Applications for Cypress Semiconductor, Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales and Corporate Marketing for Intersil Corporation, Vice President & General Manager for Spartan Products for Xilinx Inc. In addition, Mr. Loftus served in Hong Kong from 2002 to 2005 as Vice President & Managing Director - Xilinx Asia Pacific.  

Listen in as departing CEO Bill Bradford and Mr. Loftus discuss what he sees as the ECIA activities that are most likely to improve member companies’ efficiencies.

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From our COO and General Counsel

Robin B. Gray, Jr. 

Federal Guidelines on Essential Infrastructure  

It is ECIA's interpretation that many electronic component manufacturing operations, and supply chains supporting those operations, are deemed essential businesses and exempt for purposes of state/local shelter-in-place, stay-in-place and similar orders.  This interpretation is based on a guidance document recently release by the Federal government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) which forms the model for many state orders regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. While electronic component manufacturers are not specifically mentioned in the CISA guidance or state/local orders, it appears clear that component manufacturers (and distributors) are exempt if servicing the industries specifically identified as essential.  Click here to read Robin Gray's March 23 article outlining the Federal Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. We have also posted a spreadsheet that notes each state’s actions with regard to COVID. Refer to ECIA’s Coronavirus Resource page for a list of reputable sites and information.

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A World of Best Practices

The Global Industry Practices Committee is continuing to work on initiatives for the first half of 2020, but also focused on assisting with the COVID-19 pandemic wherever possible. Some recent news from NAM (National Association of Manufacturers) regarding the payment of tariffs during the current pandemic is a Customs case-by-case duty deferral. CBP (Customs Border Patrol) is approving, on a case-by-case basis, requests for extended deadlines to pay duties, taxes and fees due to COVID-19. To request a duty deferral, we encourage you to contact Randy Mitchell, Director, Commercial Operations Revenue and Entry (CORE) Division. CBP is also deliberating a more formal duty deferral policy in response to COVID-19, moving away from a case-by-case considerations and establishing a more concrete timeline. For more information, please contact Ali Aafedt.

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Coronavirus Survey – Update 4

Results of Manufacturer & Distributor Survey Ended April 6, 2020

Dale Ford, Chief Analyst

With the spread of the Coronavirus / COVID-19 around the world there is a need to provide visibility on how this crisis is impacting the electronics components industry and the supply chain. (See Figure 1) In order to provide important visibility, ECIA has been conducting surveys of member manufacturing and distributor companies to gain an understanding of this fluid situation. ECIA published the results of the first survey which ended February 7, 2020 in a report released on February 11th. This was followed by three more surveys that concluded February 21, 2020, March 6, 2020 and March 20th.

This most recent survey was conducted between Monday, March 30th and Monday, April 6th.  Between the most recent survey and the previous survey that ended March 20th the number of confirmed cases and deaths due to COVID-19 jumped by four to five times worldwide. More stringent quarantine orders have been implemented and new U.S. weekly unemployment claims have smashed records as the economic impact of the pandemic sweeps around the world. A sense of urgency to reopen the economy is building and the U.S. government approved an unprecedented stimulus package to try to rescue a wide range of industries and businesses.

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2019 ECIA Executive Conference Recap

Vision 2020: Leading with Clarity

The 2019 Executive Conference is in the books! Thanks to all who participated by attending, sponsoring, exhibiting or presenting.

All conference presentations are available to attendees – access them via the ECIA Event App. Video will be available soon. Click here to read a thorough recap of the sessions. 

Save the dates for the 2020 event – October 25-27 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel.

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April 08, 2020