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Congratulations on achieving this milestone, Dan.
Column 500 contains enough fodder for many months of discussion, investigation and recommendations.
I well remember the Dimitri and his “vision” for Maine Electronics, the upstate NY fishing excursions with General Circuits, and many of the others. We conquered new worlds, overcame many obstacles, and learned to work together. Some of these companies were done in by the major OEMs such as Burroughs and Motorola. Others succumbed to the shift to Asia when OEMs and EMS companies squeezed margins in their search for the cheapest boards.
I have asked and will continue to ask some of the same questions you pose. More than 80% of America’s fabricators have no champion today. They, and we, must recognize the inevitability of change and must participate in it and help shape it rather than become its victims.
So, young man, my advice to you after having started my 60th year in the industry, is to continue to learn from our experiences and to further focus on helping the orphans of our industry.
The challenges are great. The opportunities greater!
Once again, CONGRATULATIONS!
Dan Beaulieu, D.B. Management Group
While there are many Chinese companies now selling in the United States, I wanted to find one in Taiwan that is penetrating the U.S. market. I was delighted to come across EISO Enterprise Co. Ltd., a printed circuit board fabricator located in Taiwan. I know that the American companies are usually looking for PCB global partners in countries other than China, which made my conversation with Gary (Jung Kun) Chien all the more interesting, especially when he shared his thoughts on the U.S-China trade wars.
Happy Holden, I-Connect007
The attendance at this year’s IPC APEX EXPO seemed higher than I expected, so thank you all for making the necessary arrangements to attend. However, we sorely missed many of our foreign contributors and friends. One of my cherished reunions was with Pete Starkey, who fought through the red tape of government restrictions to make his way from England for the show. Both of us were able to help conduct interviews with many of the industry’s business and technical leaders. For that, I am grateful.
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
Like many of you, for the past few months, we’ve been busier than a farmer with two rattlesnakes and one shovel. As soon as we got home from IPC APEX EXPO 2022 we started work on our post-show publication, Real Time with… IPC APEX EXPO 2022 Show & Tell Magazine. Now in its fifth year, Show & Tell is the best—and most exhaustive—source of in-depth information about IPC APEX EXPO. We published Show & Tell this week, and the response from industry leaders has been off the charts. Show & Tell gives the reader a taste of what it was like to be at the show, from ribbon-cutting and keynotes through the last conference classes.