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As part of a visit, Minister President Stephan Weil visited laser specialist LPKF at its headquarters in Garbsen. LPKF has been developing and producing innovative solutions for the technology industry since 1976. The laser systems are of crucial importance for the production of printed circuit boards, microchips, automotive parts, solar modules and many other components.
The Minister President was informed on site about the company's high-tech systems. CEO Dr. Klaus Fiedler was explaining how the technologies are used and the importance of the LIDE and ARRA-LYZE innovations for the LPKF Group.
"LPKF is a highly innovative company that has an attractive and viable product portfolio. Developments such as LIDE and ARRALY-ZE show that innovation is in the company's DNA," says Klaus Fiedler.
As a high-tech company, LPKF continually invests around 10 % of revenue each year in the development of new technologies and applications. The four business units of the LPKF Group have a stable core business, which enables them to research innovative and relevant new technologies.
Michael Agather guided the guests through the machine production of the Electronics Business Unit, followed by Dirk Neizel explaining the advantages of producing components using the LIDE process. At the end of the tour, Nora Fekete-Drimusz explained the new developments around the life science product ARRALYZE.
LPKF and Stephan Weil agreed to stay in touch and work together on a future for the Lower Saxony site.
Dan Beaulieu, D.B. Management Group
"Broken to Better: 13 Ways Not to fail at Life and Leadership" is simply one of the best books I’ve read this year. In fact, I was so impressed that I decided to reach out to the author, Michael Kurland, to talk about his book, what led him to write it, and what we should all learn from it. Michael was gracious enough to take time out of his busy schedule to share his thoughts on building his business and why he wrote a book about it. I think you will find it provocative and thought provoking.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
In more than one conversation while discussing the industry this week, the themes have included industry turmoil, lots of business opportunities, and the urgent need to build out to meet changing demands. In fact, our July issue of PCB007 Magazine, which publishes later this month, will focus on these very topics. It’s definitely one not to be missed!
These themes also emerged in this week’s top five news items as well. Top stories include an acquisition in the soldering machinery space, sales and service expansion in Mexico, industry data from SIA on semiconductor global sales data, and strong financial numbers from two China-based manufacturers. Now, with the U.S. Congress putting its focus on the PCB industry, things could really heat up. It’s going to be an interesting year.
Dan Beaulieu, D.B. Management Group
I love books, especially good business books. In fact, I read three or four a week which I believe makes me a very discerning critic when it comes to ones with the right message. "A One-Legged Stool: How Shareholder Primacy Has Broken Business (And What We Can Do About It)" by Ed Chambliss is one that can help us in both business and life. It has the right message.
This book is so timely and extremely important now because Chambliss brings to light one of the great wrongs in the thinking of the last century, an error that has broken business for the past 50 years—the idea that we are all in business to make money for our shareholders and (and all others, employees, customers, and vendors be damned). We all know where this has gotten us.