by Kirk Anderson, Industry Director, NEMA
is exploring cooperation with the Department of Defense (DOD) as agency
procurement officials face mandates for supply chains of products
containing critical materials.
As rare earth minerals have become
increasingly important for advanced manufacturing and other
high-performance and strategic applications, manufacturers and the
federal government have concerns about the reliability of supply into
the future. DOD is facing a prohibition on procurement of certain alloys
and magnets containing rare earth elements as well as some forms of
tungsten from specific countries. DOD has also found overreliance on
sole foreign sources for unique and proprietary advanced materials and
overreliance on China for strategic and critical materials.
staff and DOD procurement officials are discussing how NEMA and its
Member companies could achieve compliance and help mitigate supply chain
risk. NEMA is exploring ways to help the electroindustry understand the
government requirements, help provide a path to identify products
meeting the requirements, and encourage development of alternative
sources for these critical and strategic materials.
company uses rare earth or other critical minerals or you are interested
in learning more about this initiative, please contact Kirk Anderson,
Director, NEMA Industrial Systems Division, at Kirk.Anderson@nema.org. ei