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First and foremost, on behalf of the Thailand Printed Circuit Association (THPCA), we would like to convey our warmest greetings to all of you. The year 2019 has been marked by noteworthy occasions for the Thailand PCB industry and we have accomplished a significant milestone when we received official certification from the Thai government to acknowledge the THPCA establishment on October 28, 2019.
THPCA was established by Thailand PCB manufacturers who share the common goals and objectives to develop the PCB industry and make the strategic positions in the global supply chain of electronic devices. Besides, we would like to provide a reliable source and portfolio of PCB market information, technology mapping, implement PCB production standards, in parallel with the cooperation with the global markets and human resource development.
As Thailand is playing an important role in the PCB manufacturing activities in the Southeast Asia region, it is our THPCA mission to strengthen long-term partnership with Thailand and Asian countries as well as develop the global network with WECC through collaborative events and maintaining our momentum and reinforcing the commitment.
THPCA will continue to collaborate closely with WECC members as a close business alliance and move forward to the next episodes of transforming the future of PCB industry together. We look forward to sharing ideas and initiatives among our team in the year 2020.
Last but not least, in the midst of all the festive seasons, we would like to extend our sincere thankfulness to all WECC members for their collaboration that you have granted to THPCA. We wish you and your family Happy Holidays and a prosperous new year 2020.
Pitharn Ongkosit, President, Thailand Printed Circuit Association
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
This week has been both speedy and newsy. Of course, those two characteristics often seem to travel as a pair, don’t they? A four-day week here in the United States, accompanied by a wave of high-impact news from a wide variety of sources, would suggest that readers could be expected to spread out all over the news map. Not so much, judging from readership numbers; folks all found their highest value in the same type of news coverage. This week's list of must-reads is dominated by market reports as a result of that focused readership. On our list, we have PCB fabrication and EMS book-to-bill reports, a 10-year market forecast report, and a supply chain sentiment report. In addition, readers flocked to the EWPTE show coverage. Finally, we saw significant reader interest in the most recent podcast on sustainability in our logistical operations.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
This week, our must-reads include reporting on the new PCB support legislation, now submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives; financial results from two Tier 1 manufacturers, which readers read quite thoroughly; ESG in Asia Pacific; new features from Altium; global sourcing; and a “How I got here” interview with an up and coming industry expert.
This last weekend, industry guru and dear friend to many, Martin Cotton passed away. He was one of the first people I worked with in the electronics industry when I joined Toptec Design to learn to layout PCBs. He was a bit of a rock star to many PCB designers, myself included. He was known to be among the best in his field, if not the best, and went on to be one of the most influential and innovative people in the industry over a long and distinguished career. He will be hugely missed by his family and by his numerous friends in and out of the electronics industry.