The committee’s mission is to raise awareness and highlight the weight and role of the electronic manufacturing sector in the Hungarian economy, and to find areas of common interest for electronic manufacturing companies and joining forces in these areas.
In 2018, member companies of the committee have been actively engaged in AmCham’s advocacy efforts and have represented the priorities of the sector at several high- and expert-level meetings organized with the Ministry for National Economy.
The committee has two main objectives:
- Continue sharing best practices among members;
- Continue dialogue with decision makers, with a special focus on competitiveness and education in order to represent the interests of the sector.
The committee plans to:
- Continue advocacy activities and meet with government decision-makers to discuss committee recommendations;
- Organize committee meetings and off-site meetings at members’ factories to share best practices;
- Publish the revised and modernized “Electronic Manufacturing”,“Repairing Electronic Products”, and “Failure Analysis of Electronic Products” textbooks, as part of the committee’s efforts to help education and vocational training with up-to-date and practical information;
- Continue to monitor the activities of the electronic manufacturing Sector Skill Council, and the Vocational Training and Innovation Council;
- Conduct education-related activities with the participation of relevant professors and university departments.
Main achievements in 2020
Electronic Manufacturers’ Committee online meeting with Sanjay Huprikar, Vice President and Head of Global Solutions for IPC
Mr. Sanjay Huprikar, the Executive Vice President and Head of Global Solutions for IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries, contacted AmCham and asked for a meeting with the members of Electronic Manufacturers’ Committee during his planned visit to Europe from the USA. Due to the travel restriction amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting was held online on March 13, 2020.
Even if the meeting was not face-to-face, an open discussion about the challenges of the electronics manufacturing workforce was still beneficial.
On the AmCham side, László Ábrahám, Committee Chair, NI, opened and led the conversation. The discussion was started with a brief IPC presentation and an education/training/certification overview by Mr. Huprikar.
Mr. Huprikar noted that there are presently 23 facilities in Hungary who are IPC members.
He said, “We are a 62 year old global, nonprofit industry association based in Chicago representing 3,000 companies worldwide who are involved in the design, manufacturing, test, application and materials science of Printed Circuit Boards, Printed Circuit Board Assemblies, Cabling and Wire Harness Assemblies – these are some of the building blocks in all electronic devices."
"We develop manufacturing standards, deliver educational, certification programs, and advocate on behalf of our membership. Our core vision is to help the world build electronics better" - he added
"To realize that vision, we believe fundamentally that current and future workers in the electronics industry need to have the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to be optimally successful" - he continued - "But as we think about future workforce and workforce development, we are envisioning and developing new certificate programs that focus much more about the actual training an operator needs to be successful on the production line – basics about electronics, soldering, inspection, handling, equipment, etc… Our purpose is to get feedback on this approach."
To learn more about the work of IPC, plase visit ipc.org
The Online meeting was followed-up on April 2 with Committee members discussing their experiences and problems of equipping electronic manufacturing workers with the latest required technical knowledge, training trainers who can pass on the knowledge in the shortest time. Participants agreed to find a way to work together and to look for common solutions. Therefore, we would like to expand the range of participants and reach all members of the Electronic Manufacturers’ Committee to involve them in this initiative.
Main achievements in 2019
The Committee's Education Task Force
Delegated members of committee member companies - including representatives of Continental, Flex, IBM, NI Hungary and Sanmina-SCI - have formed a special Education Task Force in 2018. The objective of the Task Force is to revise and renew the Committee's previous publications that were published in 2011 - 2012.
The Task Force have reviewed the below three textbooks - downloadable from the AmCham website - and decided to first revise the Electronic Manufacturing book. In the course of Q1 2019, Task Force members have updated the full book and have also prepared several new, relevant and uptodate content, ranging from Industry 4.0 trends and electronic waste management to Six Sigma and Lean management principles. The revised publications will be published in 2019 and will be shared with educational partners in Hungary.
- Electronic Manufacturing
- Repairing Electronic Products
- Failure Analysis of Electronic Products
NI risk mitigation strategy on capacitor commodity was discussed at the Electronic Manufacturers Committee meeting
On November 6, 2019, AmCham’s Electronic Manufacturer Committee held an extraordinary meeting, where our guest speaker was Tibor Halász, Staff Component Engineer at National Instruments (NI). Mr. Halász gave a presentation on NI risk mitigation strategy on capacitor commodity included the present conditions of the MLCC market, risk assessment, impact for existing designs and a guidance for future designs. Committee members discussed the current supplier related issues of the electronic industry.
AmCham thanks Tibor Halász for sharing their experiences with the Committee.
Main achievements in 2018
BETTER RECOGNITION OF THE SECTOR
The Committee advocates for the better recognition of the electronic industry at all meetings organized by AmCham with the participation of government representatives. Electronic manufacturing is strongly tied to the seven strategic industry segments as defined by the Irinyi Plan, which is the government’s strategic plan for innovative industry development. Committee chair László Ábrahám was invited to the working group that was established by the Ministry for National Economy in 2017 to further develop the ICT’s and electronic industry’s joint, comprehensive industry development strategy program.
In May 2018, the Committee followed up an issue that was recognized by several member companies who provide electronic repair and testing services as problematic. The interpretation of the Basel Convention by some Western European Authorities in some cases gave cause for concern, therefore the committee asked for the government’s support in advocating for the proper interpretation of the Basel Convention to the competent governmental bodies of signatory countries to the convention. A meeting was organized at AmCham with the representatives of the Ministry for National Economy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Ministry of Agriculture to discuss how government bodies could support the case of domestic electronic companies.
Better education am vocational training
Several Committee members participate in the work of industry specific Sector Skill Councils, established by the Ministry for National Economy and operated by the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The main objective of the council is to better incorporate industry expertise and labor market expectations into the system and help restructure the education system and vocational training accordingly. Since August 2018, AmCham and the Committee is also represented in the Vocational Training and Innovation Council, which provides a higher-level consultation forum for the dialogue between government and key stakeholders in the vocational training system.
Committee members have decided to revise the three electronic textbooks that were prepared by the committee in 2010-2012: “Electronic Manufacturing”; “Repairing Electronic Products”; and “Failure Analysis of Electronic Products”. The Committee would like to re-publish these books in order to reflect the changes that have taken place in electronic manufacturing, testing and repair over the past years. The Committee’s working group started looking at this in November and the modernized books are due to be shared with schools and universities in early 2019.
Main achievements in 2017
SUCCESSFUL ADVOCACY FOR THE BETTER RECOGNITION OF THE SECTOR
In 2015, the government published its strategic plan for innovative industry development called the Irinyi Plan, which was reviewed and discussed in detail by members of the Electronic Manufacturers’ Committee. In 2016, the committee created an electronic industry strategic document to present an overview of the special role the electronic industry plays in the development of the Hungarian economy. Electronic manufacturing is strongly tied to the seven strategic industry segments as defined by the Irinyi Plan, and the committee advocated for the better recognition of the electronic industry. This key message was incorporated in AmCham’s “Cooperation For A More Competitive Hungary” recommendation package issued in December 2016. AmCham sent its proposal on an industry strategy for the electronic manufacturing sector as well as the recommendation package to the Ministry for National Economy; that was followed up with a series of expert level discussions.
The February meetings provided an excellent opportunity for key electronic manufacturing industry representatives to share their concerns and suggestions on priority areas for future development. Representatives of the Ministry of National Development, the Ministry of Human Capacities, and the Hungarian Investment Promotions Agency also participated at the meeting. As a result of the consultations, AmCham was informed that the government considers the electronic manufacturing industry to be a strategic industry (and part of the Irinyi plan together with the ICT sector) and increased focus will be paid to sector’s specific development plans. Committee chair László Ábrahám represents AmCham and the committee in a strategic working group established by the ministry, whose main goal is to prepare a comprehensive industry strategy.
In October, an extraordinary committee meeting was held at the Tatabánya plant of Sanmnina- SCI, a company celebrating its 20th anniversary in Hungary in 2017. Participants had a lively discussion on a number of sector specific topics, and the team was then invited on a company tour around the Sanmina-SCI plant. In September, the Ministry for National Economy with the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry established industry specific Sector Skill Councils, including one focusing on the electronic industry. The main objective of the ministry is to better incorporate industry expertise and labor market expectations into the system of vocational training and adult training. Several of our committee members have become members of this Skill Council, and through this platform, industry representatives can provide structured input.
At the October meeting, committee members have started discussions on two interrelated topics: waste management in Hungary and the interpretation of the Basel Convention in Western European countries. The committee has developed a recommendation on increasing the efficiency of waste management and on encouraging the circular economy through making changes to the regulation of the environmental product fee in Hungary. Another position has been developed to ask the government to support the activities of domestic electronic manufacturers who provide repair and testing services by advocating for the proper interpretation of the Basel Convention to the competent governmental bodies of signatory countries to the convention.
Main achievements in 2016
In 2016, member companies of the committee continued to share best practices . The committee has been actively engaged in AmCham advocacy efforts and contributed to the regular meetings with the Ministry for National Economy.
MAIN ACTIVITIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2016
László Ábrahám, chair of the Committee, presented an overview of the electronics manufacturing sector’s current status and trends and shared the Committee’s initiatives with State Secretary István Lepsényi at the AmCham – Ministry for National Economy (NGM) Strategic Working Group kick-off meeting held on December 9, 2015. Among others, the Committee requested legislative changes in the Hungarian requirements related to internally used test equipment. As a result, the Hungarian Decree implementing the EU Low Voltage Directive, equipment manufactured for own use (test stations / fixtures / other internally used units) are no longer subject to CE marking requirement from 15 July, 2016.
ADVOCATING FOR BETTER RECOGNITATION OF THE SECTOR
The Government published its strategic plan for innovative industry development called the Irinyi-Plan, which has been reviewed and discussed in details by members of the Electronic Manufacturers’ Committee. At the AmCham-NGM Strategic Working Group meeting held on April 29, 2016 László Ábrahám presented AmCham’s feedback on the key goals of the Irinyi Plan and also presented the committee’s suggestions in the field of education: special focus needs to be paid on more practices oriented curriculum and methodology at all levels of the education and vocational training system; there is also a need for better career orientation, and the urgency to orient more students to the so-called STEM fields.
In line with AmCham’s Cooperation for a More Competitive Hungary recommendation package, the Committee continues to advocate for those changes that would help improve the direct cooperation of companies and schools. In this field, the Committee continues to advocate for the possibility to direct a certain part of the vocational contribution to schools. The Committee welcomes and recognizes the recent legislative change, the abolishing of VAT for items freely presented by companies to schools as a major development in this area.
In March 2016, member companies of the Electronic Manufacturers’ Committee, along with AmCham president Ferenc Pongrácz and CEO Írisz Lippai-Nagy met H.E. Colleen Bell, Ambassador of the United States to Hungary and Dale Wright, U.S. Senior Commercial Officer. This meeting was the first occasion of a high-level, exclusive and industry-specific meeting series named ‘Fireside Chat’. After introducing their companies, participants had a fruitful and informal discussion with Ambassador Bell about the electronic manufacturing industry in Hungary, that is a key element of innovation and economic competitiveness and that contributes massively to the Hungarian GDP and export.
In the fourth quarter of 2016, the Committee has created an electronic industry strategic document, that gives an overview on the special role the electronic industry plays in the development of the Hungarian economy. Electronic manufacturing is strongly tied to the seven strategic industry segments as defined by the Irinyi Plan, and the Committee advocates for the recognition of the electronic industry as a strategic one as well.
Chair: László Ábrahám (NI Hungary)
Coordinator: Judit Szilágyi
*To read the Annual Reports of the previous years, please click here.
*For more details on our upcoming projects and events for 2016 please contact the committee chair or the coordinator.