By  Stephen LaMarca, AMT Manufacturing Technology Analyst

The Materials Processing Equipment Technical Advisory Committee advises the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration on technical questions that affect the level of export controls. MPETAC covers articles, materials and supplies of metalworking equipment, numerically controlled machine tools and robots.

An ongoing goal is to integrate the control definitions between the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). According to a U.S. government representative, the latest definitions rule has been published and will be effective in November. Two Federal Register notices regarding updated definitions were published in June and are effective as of September 1. Part 772 (EAR) and Part 120 (ITAR) will be updated accordingly.
  • 81 FR 35586 State Def Final Rule 6-3-16
  • 81 FR 35568 Commerce Def Final Rule 6-3-16

Directed Energy Weapon controls have been updated and were published in July. The Destination Control Statement harmonization will be effective in November. New changes to aircrafts and aircraft engines going into effect are: 9X610, 9X619, Cat VIII, and Cat XIX.

An industry representative also gave an update on the Chinese COMAC C929 aircraft, which will be a competitor to the Boeing 787. COMAC is partnering with United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), a Russian aerospace manufacturer. As design is still in its initial stages, the C929 is not anticipated to enter service until around 2022. COMAC is seeking assistance from other global aerospace suppliers. COMAC is also soliciting quotes from several systems integrators for production of the composites structures: Electroimpact (U.S.); MTorres (Spain); and Aerotec (Spain). UAC will build composite wings, and horizontal and vertical stabilizers. The fuselage will be divided between various Chinese aerospace suppliers such as COMAC, Shanghai Aircraft, Chengdu Aircraft, AVIC and Xian. To the best of Ingersoll’s knowledge, China doesn’t have any indigenous composite placement capability.

Another industry representative provided an update on the ECCN 2E003 Revision Proposal. This proposal is a joint BIS/TAC effort between MPETAC and TRANSTAC. The current ECCN covers materials that are widely available and only applies to specific coatings. That means an outdated ECCN may miss more recent process developments. Updates to the ECCN will be tied to Part 772 definition update and will be for the 2017 Wassenaar cycle.

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For more information on the Bureau of Industry and Security Technical Advisory Committees (TAC) including a schedule of meetings, visit: