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Blog: 10/03/14

Critical Materials Necessary for Semiconductor Manufacturing

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

Today is National Manufacturing Day, a day to recognize the importance of U.S. manufacturing and assess what is needed to strengthen it. One vital component to continued manufacturing strength in the U.S. is access to critical materials, the lifeblood of the manufacturing process. 

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Blog: 09/26/14

Five Actions Policymakers Should Take to Spur U.S. Innovation

by Dan Rosso, Director, Communications

In the U.S. semiconductor industry and across the broader tech sector, innovation occurs through the hard work and ingenuity of tech workers and smart public policy from the federal government. Although Congress has adjourned until after the November elections, SIA continues to work to achieve progress on a range of policy initiatives that would boost […]

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Blog: 06/18/14

Program Helps Track and Improve Semiconductor Industry Environmental Performance

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

For over a decade, SIA has worked with member companies to collect environmental data concerning the U.S. semiconductor industry. These surveys, which are the cornerstone of SIA’s Environmental Metrics Program (EMP), are important tools for our industry for benchmarking and achieving continuous improvement.

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Blog: 06/11/14

Advanced Semiconductors Enable Cleaner, More Efficient Use of Energy

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

Two recent articles illustrate the many ways in which advancements in semiconductors can promote energy efficiency and clean energy.

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Blog: 06/03/14

U.S. Semiconductor Workplaces Far Safer Than National Average

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

The U.S. semiconductor industry continues to enjoy a strong workplace safety record, with a significantly lower rate of on-the-job injuries and illnesses than the overall U.S. economy.

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Blog: 01/28/14

S.1600: A Proactive Approach to Supply Chain Security

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

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Blog: 10/29/13

Restoring Domestic Supply of Critical Minerals Will Strengthen U.S. Semiconductor Industry

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

Last month, the semiconductor industry and many other sectors breathed a collective sigh of relief when Congress approved legislation to secure the supply of helium, a gas that is essential for semiconductor manufacturing, medical devices, and a range of other applications. With that near-crisis in mind, SIA supports the idea of developing a plan for […]

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Blog: 10/04/13

Enactment of Helium Legislation Strengthens American Manufacturing

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Today is National Manufacturing Day, a time to shine a light on the critical role that manufacturing plays in boosting America’s economic strength, job creation, and global competitiveness.  It’s also a day to take stock of the challenges facing U.S. manufacturing – including skilled labor shortages, non-competitive tax structures, and burdensome regulatory obstacles, among others […]

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Blog: 09/25/13

House Approves Helium Bill, Sends Back to Senate as Deadline Approaches

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

Helium legislation continues to bounce between the House and Senate, with both chambers overwhelmingly approving similar bills in recent days as the Oct. 1 deadline for final passage inches closer.

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Blog: 09/10/13

Broad SIA-Led Coalition Urges Congress to Enact Legislation to Secure Supply of Helium

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

A Semiconductor Industry Association-led coalition of more than 120 technology, business, medical and education leaders today called on Congress to enact legislation to secure the supply of helium, a gas that is essential for semiconductor manufacturing and other types of advanced manufacturing, as well as scientific research. The broad and diverse coalition expressed the urgent […]

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Blog: 07/12/13

Responsible Use of Chemicals Enables Semiconductor Innovation

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

SIA yesterday testified at a hearing of the Environment and the Economy Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee regarding the primary federal law governing the regulation of chemicals, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The hearing focused on the process for reviewing new chemicals, the protection of confidential business information, and the impact of the […]

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Blog: 04/23/13

Helium Bill Floats to the House Floor; Broad Coalition Urges Passage

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

This Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on bipartisan legislation that would help secure the supply of helium, a gas that is critical for advanced manufacturing of semiconductors and other products, as well as scientific research. 

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