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Date: 26-09-13

IPC praises for suspending cyanide-gold plating ban in China

IPC lauds National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China's decision for issuing a circular postponing the implementation of the regulation that would have eliminated cyanide-gold plating at the end of 2014.

“We are pleased that the Chinese government has recognized the technical requirements of the gold plating application process in electronics,” says John Mitchell, IPC president. “The global electronics industry depends on gold plating materials to produce reliable and functional aerospace, telecommunication, defense, consumer and transportation products.”

IPC said it along with a number of its member companies and several industry associations, met with NDRC on May 17, 2013, to discuss its concerns about the ban. During the meeting, participants provided technical information and data to NDRC on the highly sophisticated technical requirements of gold plating application in electronics, and highlighted the critical need for careful evaluation of an alternative, stated in the release.

English translation of The notice from the NDRC is available at www.ipc.org/NDRC-circular-translated.

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