The Commitee’s mission is to raise awareness and highlighting the weight and role of the electronic manufacturing sector in the Hungarian economy; and to to find areas of common interest of electronic manufacturing companies and joining forces in these areas.
- Continue sharing best practices among members
- Continue dialogue with decision makers with special focus on competitiveness and education in order to represent the interests of the sector
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.
Plans for 2017
The Committee will continue its advocacy activities, in line with the electronic industry strategic document, and plans to follow-up on its recommendations with decision-makers (Ministry for National Economy, HIPA). The Committee also plans to continue its education-related activities, and to organize educational forums with relevant professors and university/faculty/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.