The committee’s mission is to raise awareness and highlight the weight and role of the electronic manufacturing sector in the Hungarian economy, and also to find areas of common interest for electronic manufacturing companies and joining forces in these areas.
In 2017, 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.
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.
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;
- Provide input to make training materials more up-to-date and practical, and monitor the activities of the electronic manufacturing Sector Skill Council;
- Conduct education-related activities with the participation of relevant professors and university departments.
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.