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The abrupt halt of so much economic activity has pushed the U.S. and global economy into recession. Uncertainty continues to build as demand wanes, output drops, and unemployment rises. While all sectors of the economy have been impacted, some are feeling the downturn more acutely than others.
On May 21 at 1:00 pm EDT, IPC will host a free webinar, “The U.S. Economic Outlook in a Post-Pandemic World.” IPC Chief Economist Shawn DuBravac will examine the impacts of COVID-19 on the U.S. economy and the prospects for an economic recovery in the coming months.
Specifically, the webinar will explore and take a deep dive into:
- Possible recovery scenarios and what they mean for the electronics manufacturing industry
- The latest economic data, trends, and risks
- IPC's current economic outlook and near-term forecast
Throughout the weeks and months to come, stay tuned for more webinars and online activities being brought to you by the IPC Government Relations and Industry Intelligence teams. Please join our IPC Advocacy Team—the “A Team” of electronics industry advocates—to receive weekly updates and stay in the loop.
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.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
You’ve decided to revamp your process for onboarding new hires, but where do you start? How do you create a thorough onboarding system that allows each new hire to become a happy, long-term employee? I asked Mike Hoyt, IPC’s training advisor, to discuss the organization’s onboarding program, the hiring issues facing companies in the PCB space, and the best way to get aboard a new onboarding process.