New national organisation, USPCA, representing the American printed circuit industry was officially announced in October 2003

Circuit World

ISSN: 0305-6120

Article publication date: 1 September 2004

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(2004), "New national organisation, USPCA, representing the American printed circuit industry was officially announced in October 2003", Circuit World, Vol. 30 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/cw.2004.21730cab.001

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New national organisation, USPCA, representing the American printed circuit industry was officially announced in October 2003

New national organisation, USPCA, representing the American printed circuit industry was officially announced in October 2003

Keywords: USPCA, USA

The United States Printed Circuit Alliance was formed to address the needs and concerns of US based and owned printed circuit manufacturers exclusively. While other trade and standards organisations exist in the industry, many of them are, or seek to be, international in scope and thus cannot meet all the objectives of the American printed circuit manufacturers. The new organisation seeks to address many areas of concern for the industry, top among them are unfair foreign competition and US trade policy. With no foreign patrons to offend, the USPCA will represent the American industry and American workers without international consensus or apology.

Recently, local industry leaders called an emergency meeting of area industry executives in an attempt to combine efforts and develop a unified front to battle unfair trade. An unprecedented gathering resulted, and the crowded meeting room clamoured for action. A steering committee was selected and given the mission of developing a plan of action. The committee recommended the formation of the new organisation with the above- mentioned goals. A second meeting was held on 21 October, this time to a standing room crowd only. With the unanimous vote of the steering committee and the vigorous support of the attendees, the alliance was born with a mission to strengthen the domestic United States printed circuit manufacturing base and provide for an American society that can advance at home and be secure in the world.

While initially joined by the majority of printed circuit manufacturers in the Chicago area, the USPCA strives to become a national organisation and is receiving a warm welcome across the nation. Offering long overdue representation in the areas of vital concern, the organisation hopes to grow quickly and begin a co-ordinated fast track effort to stop unfair trade practices and level the playing field for American companies. The USPCA has begun a dialog with several other trade organisations in other industries with similar objectives and has begun contacting members of congress. Political action, public education, and the unity of cause can bring about positive change. The USPCA shall be a strident new voice of ever increasing volume operating under a profound industry mandate.

For more information, please contact: Doug Bartlett, Director, United States Printed Circuit Alliance. Tel: 847-639-2102 ext. 210