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As U.S. manufacturing rebounds after decades of decline, the skills gap will worsen and could lead to more off-shoring, unless it is alleviated. Findings on the Skills Gap in U.S. Electronics Manufacturing, published last month by IPC, found that more than three-quarters of the U.S. electronics manufacturers surveyed anticipate the need to increase the size of their workforces in the next year. The study also found that nearly two-thirds of the companies surveyed would be likely to expand their U.S. operations, instead of expanding outside the U.S., if finding qualified workers were not a concern.
Patty Goldman, I-Connect007
Every year IPC recognizes two companies that have made significant contributions to IPC and the electronics industry. These awards are named after industry executives who were themselves significant and outstanding contributors: one for a PCB fabricator company and one for an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company. This year’s recipients were Northrop Grumman and Rockwell Collins, respectively.
Gene Weiner, Weiner International Inc.
SEMICON China 2018 was amazing in its size and attendance. More than 1,000 exhibitors filled an event record of more than 74,000 square meters of exhibition space—the size of nearly 10 professional soccer fields. This year's theme was "collect, collaborate, innovate."
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
The Institute of Circuit Technology returned to Meriden, traditionally regarded as the centre of England, for its Annual General Meeting, which was followed by a technical seminar of five presentations, introduced as ever by Technical Director Bill Wilkie.