I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week

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The industry news cycle seems to be picking up speed lately. Of course, 30 days into the quarter is about when public companies announce their results, and in the midst of this worldwide financial situation, we’ve got all eyes on anything coming out from our counterparts in the industry. I’ve noticed that global corporate results (Nan Ya PCB and TTM, in particular) do seem to be on everyone’s radar. In addition to financial news, trade shows are popping back up around the world—Europe, India, and a special report from editor Andy Shaughnessy, who took his own road trip to Raleigh, reporting on PCB Carolina, which had its own heyday this year.

I’ll be in Munich next week, reporting from electronica, meeting with many of our European friends; if you’re in Munich, say hello on the show floor. It promises to be an interesting event and I’m looking forward to covering the European market. Guten tag!

TTM Technologies Reports Fiscal Q3 2022 Results
Published November 4

As a major manufacturer, TTM’s results can serve as one bellwether for the industry. Quite a few readers thought the same thing, based on click-through rate for this news item. When one holds fiscal reports from the industry leaders, such as TTM, up against the IPC Fabricator Monthly Report, the market does tend to come into focus. Learn about TTM’s Q3 results here.

PCB Carolina Breaks Attendance Records
Published November 10

Once editor Andy Shaughnessy found himself a parking spot, it was off to the races for PCB Carolina, where organizers reported some of the largest crowds ever. This show for PCB designers was a perfect fit for the area, with so much tech concentrated in Research Triangle Park. Did they find what they were looking for?

SEMICON Europa 2022 Keynotes to Highlight Chip Industry Growth Opportunities and Advanced Technologies
Published November 7

SEMICON Europa and electronica will both be open for business next week in Munich. Part of the SEMICON agenda includes presentations from “thought leaders who will highlight advanced solutions for electronics packaging and testing.” Somewhere, there is a convergence between IPC’s work on the PCB side, and SEMICON’s efforts on the IC side.

Collins Aerospace, PT Dirgantara Indonesia Sign Agreement to Modernize Indonesian Air Force C-130H Aircraft
Published November 4

We ran two news items from Collins Aerospace (link) this last week, both spiked in readership. In fact, much of our MilAero content generates reader interest. I-Connect007 continues our work to bring more MilAero content to our coverage, and readers seem to agree that we should. If you, or someone you know, would like to contribute to our MilAero coverage, either as subject matter expert or as a contributor in some fashion, contact us. We’d be happy to consider your perspective.

IPC India to Host 2nd Annual Integrated Electronics Manufacturing & Interconnections (IEMI) Event
Published November 4

“IEMI is an annual platform for industry leaders … The two-day, two-city event will bring together designers, manufacturers, traders, suppliers, service providers and technical … IPC India is partnering with several country and trade associations to arrange international delegate visits…IEMI 2022 events in New Delhi and Bengaluru hosted approximately 1,000 international delegates.” IEMI is scheduled for August 1, 2023 in Chennai, and for August 3, 2023, in Pune, India. 

Nan Ya PCB Jan-Oct Revenue Up 24% YoY
Published November 8

Not to steal all the thunder from this news item, but Nan Ya PCB “has posted unaudited sales of NT$6 billion ($187.76 million at $1=NT$31.95) in October 2022, up by 1.66% from the previous month and by 17.7% compared to October of last year.”


Suggested Items

The Automated Future of PCB Fabrication

03/21/2023 | Dan Beaulieu, D.B. Management Group
I have always felt that automation has the potential to make a big difference in our PCB industry, especially domestically, where labor is at premium. For the past year, I have been looking for the story of how automation can and will make a significant difference in established PCB shops. I was fortunate enough to find that story in Multicircuits, located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Only a few short years ago, this company was considered a “plain vanilla” PCB fabricator holding its own in our industry; now it has suddenly assumed a true leadership position in the industry in terms of capability, technology, operations, and profitability.

Curtis Grosskopf: Lasting Connections Fuel Progress

03/07/2023 | Patty Goldman, I-Connect007
Dieter Bergman IPC Fellowship Award winner Curtis Grosskopf, a senior engineer at IBM, reflects on the evolution of IPC committees and the vital importance of their work, especially in collaboratively creating industry-wide standards to guide the work of professionals in every sector. This commitment to multidisciplinary cooperation is a mindset that should be fostered at the start of every career.

Time to ‘Finish the Job’ on PCB Funding

03/02/2023 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
In his State of the Union address in early February, President Biden departed from his usual topics about education and the economy to mention the new CHIPS Act, as well as supply chain and infrastructure issues. For perspective on those remarks, Nolan Johnson chats with David Schild, executive director of the Printed Circuit Board Association of America (PCBAA).

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