US Rep. Blake Moore has joined the fight to secure the US microelectronics supply chain by introducing the Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act into Congress. Pictured here is an American worker assembling a circuit board (image courtesy of Berkeley Sourcing Group).
WASHINGTON, DC — US Rep. Blake Moore (R-UT) has joined the bipartisan congressional struggle to resettle our manufacturing, strengthen our supply chains and prioritize national security.
“I have been heartened by Congress’ consistent efforts to strengthen our industrial base for microchips as they become increasingly important to our everyday technology,” Moore said May 6. “However, they are only part of an extensive microelectronics infrastructure …
“We face an immediate need to rebuild and strengthen our entire microelectronics ecosystem. That Support for the American Printed Circuit Boards Act will help usher in a new era of American manufacturing.”
This bipartisan legislation was introduced last week in the US House of Representatives by Moore and co-sponsor Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA).
The supporting American Printed Circuit Board Act will complement semiconductor incentives already in place by encouraging domestic printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing and research and development to reduce supply chain disruptions; addressing national security concerns related to PCB production; and continue to expand America’s economic leadership in this vital area.
According to Moore’s staff, printed circuit boards are the material on which semiconductors sit. They are the green colored surface in images of chips and a critical part of the supply chain.
According to the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security, a recent federal report called for domestic investment and production of information/communications technology such as PCBs.
“The bottlenecks in the electronics supply chain are affecting every aspect of American life‘ Eshoo said. “PCBs are a critical part of this supply chain.
“The US’s global production share of printed circuit boards is only about 4 percent, compared to China’s 52 percent. If we want to ensure technological superiority on a global scale and strengthen national security, we must bring circuit board production back to America.”
“That’s exactly what my bipartisan bill is doing,” she added.
especially the Support for the American Printed Circuit Boards Act Established a grant program within the Department of Commerce for American circuit board manufacturing or research facilities. It also offers a tax credit for companies that buy US-made PCBs.
It remains to be seen how Moore’s well-deserved reputation for such bipartisanship will resonate with Utah voters in the upcoming June 28 primary.
Moore performed poorly at the Republican nominating convention on April 23, where state delegates appeared to dismiss Moore’s strategy of reaching down the political aisle in favor of the fiery rhetoric of a challenger who promised no compromise with Congressional Democrats.
After three ballots, former civilian intelligence officer Andrew Badger narrowly missed out on the nomination with 59.2 percent of the votes cast, as opposed to Moore’s 40.7 percent.
Moore will now face Badger and former Morgan County Commissioner Tina Cannon in the June 28 Republican primary.
Cannon had already secured a spot in the ballot by collecting voter signatures.
That Support for the American Printed Circuit Boards Act enjoys strong support from the electronics industry, according to Moore.
“PCBs are the high-tech foundation that makes modern life possible,” said Travis Kelly, chairman of the Printed Circuit Board Association of America (PCBAA).
“Over the past two decades, PCB production has shifted out of the United States at an alarming rate as foreign investment has lowered overseas costs. Without robust and secure domestic supply chains, US production of critical microelectronics is not sustainable.”
Jule Sola, CEO of Sanmina Corp., agreed with this opinion.
“The return of circuit board manufacturing to the United States is critical to our economy, national security and the integrity of our high-tech supply chain,” said Sola. “That Support for the American Printed Circuit Board Act will help restore this important manufacturing base in the US; secure our supply chain; and create new high-quality jobs.”
Sanmina designs, manufactures and repairs some of the world’s most complex and innovative industrial, medical, defense, aerospace, automotive and communications products.
“I look forward to working with Congresswoman Eshoo on this bipartisan effort as we work to keep our supply chains and electronic systems secure,” Moore concluded.