August 23, 2023, ECIA Newsletter 

Register for the Executive Conference Today! Space is Filling FAST! 


The ECIA Executive Conference is a senior management level conference for the electronics industry's leading companies - representing the entire supply chain. The dates for the 2023 Executive Conference event are October 22-24 at the Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel.

The Conference offers personal access to industry experts, ample time to discuss important issues and critical networking opportunities.

Space is filling quickly! Early registration discount ends Sept. 8. Register before it's too late! 

Hotel rooms at the Loews Chicago O'Hare are SOLD OUT. Check here for other options. 

View the schedule and speakers.

Thank you, conference sponsors!

NEW! ECIA Publishes Focus Group Data on Recruiting and Retaining Talent

Data from the ECIA Recruitment Committee Focus Groups

The Best Practices and Insights Document on retaining and recruiting talent reveals findings and best practices as a result of the focus groups conducted by the ECIA Industry Recruiting Committee.

In May and June of 2023, two focus groups were conducted by the Association’s newly established Industry Recruiting Committee. The objective of this research was to gain insights into what motivates individuals to enter the industry and how to attract and retain talent in the industry.

The ECIA committee members working on this project: Jordan Yates of Knowles, Renée Dill from Molex, Jeannine Zenobi of ebm-papst, Sannah Vinding of Micro Commercial Components, Maddie Eaves of Sager Electronics and Tyler Lagnese of Kyocera AVX. 

Members can view the detailed report by logging into the ECIA website. 

ECIA Issues Alert to Members About EU REACH Restriction of PFAS Chemicals

ECIA’s Global Industry Practices Committee, (GIPC) in cooperation with other industry organizations is urging companies in the electronic component authorized channel to go to the ECHA website directly, submit expert comments and apply for exceptions, if required, to the coming REACH restrictions on PFAS in Europe. Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden have already drawn up a proposal to restrict PFASs in Europe. There are currently more than 10,000 substances and they can be found in many of the products made by electronic component manufacturers. A six-month consultation on the proposal started on 22 March 2023.

Members of the GIPC have been following this issue and are sounding the alarm. 

Read the full press release. 

Cost of Federal Regulations Survey - NAM 

NAM along with members of NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations and Conference of State Manufacturers Associations, has launched Manufacturers for Sensible Regulations, a group aimed at addressing regulations that have emerged in recent months.

The Cost of Federal Regulations survey is now live. Access the Survey.

The survey will remain open until Aug. 25, 2023, and all responses are confidential. 

We’d like to ask our members to complete the survey, but additionally, we want to ask our members to send to us any specific stories/experiences they have that highlight the regulatory burden their company is forced to deal with.Specifically, we’re asking for examples of when regulation has, for example, delayed or prevented construction of a new facility or other expansion in the US; adversely impacted decisions to hire domestically; and really anywhere else they are being adversely impacted by Federal regulations.

Please contact David Loftus ([email protected]) and Ryan Riesterer ([email protected]) if your company has delayed or canceled any new US facilities or hiring plans within the last few years due to permitting or other regulatory hurdles. 

For more information, please refer to NAM’s site “Manufacturer’s for Sensible Regulations:" Protecting Manufacturing’s Resurgence

ECIA Research and Analysis

ECIA offers its members insight into the industry and a variety of market trends information. Members can log into the website and visit the Stats & Insights page to access an increasing number of statistical reports. 

Some are available to the public, some to members and others are only accessible to those who participate in the survey. 

Reports available:

Visit the stats and insights drop down menu on our website for more information.

Member of the Week


We are pleased to honor DigiKey as ECIA’s Member of the Week. 

Headquartered in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, DigiKey is recognized as the global leader and continuous innovator in the cutting-edge commerce distribution of electronic components and automation products worldwide. They get technical by providing more than 14.9 million components from over 2,400 quality name-brand manufacturers with an industry-leading breadth and depth of product in stock and available for immediate shipment. DigiKey also supports engineers, designers, builders and procurement professionals with a wealth of digital solutions, frictionless interactions and tools to make their jobs more efficient. 

DigiKey is a $5 billion company and employs more than 5,000 people in northwest Minnesota and beyond, shipping out an average 27,000 packages per day to customers in 180+ countries around the world. With a strong heritage of serving as a critical partner for companies around the globe, DigiKey had humble beginnings in 1972 as a small mail-order company selling leftover parts to a digital electronic keyer kit (the Digi-Keyer). Today, DigiKey is a leading global e-commerce company. Last year, the company opened the doors to its brand-new, 2.2 million square foot Product Distribution Center expansion, which will allow the organization to meet and exceed customers’ expectations more efficiently.

DigiKey has been an ECIA/NEDA Member for 33 years. ECIA sends special thanks to Dave Doherty, Mike Slater, Teri Ivaniszyn, Nathan Pray and Heather Fulara for their dedicated service to councils, the board and committees.

Contact Info:

Electronic Components Industry Association

310 Maxwell Road, Suite 200, Alpharetta, GA 30009