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It's difficult to convey the pleasure that it gives us to bring news of our Summer Conference, which will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 14-15, 2022 in Örebro, Sweden. To have our friends and colleagues back together again after all this time is a matter of deep joy. A real event with real people, not surreal ones!
Not only are we going to have a stellar cast of speakers, but we will be making a visit to Ericsson R&D in Kumla, and there will be a Conference Dinner at a magnificent restaurant in Örebro itself.
Getting to Örebro will be worth the journey; it is a beautiful city in a beautiful country, and instead of battling with crowded autobahns one will be able to relax on a luxury train as it winds its way through the glorious countryside. Full details on travel itineraries from airports to Örebro are available.
Once there, we will be staying at the Örebro Scandic Grand Hotel, in which our conference will be held, with presentations from Ericsson, the European Space Agency, Isola, Nan Ya, and many other known companies, and a look at additive digital processes in electronics manufacturing amongst 16 papers being delivered.
There will be some new faces amongst the familiar ones, and all of them will be most welcome. We look forward to seeing you amongst them, and so please register your place asap.
Dan Beaulieu, D.B. Management Group
Tom Kastner of GP Ventures is a busy man these days. He’s been involved in several M&A deals, including a recent acquisition by Summit Interconnect. Tom spent some time with Dan Beaulieu, who often consults with PCB and PCBA companies, about what it looks like when a company is thinking of buying or selling—and how a consultant like Tom helps negotiate the best deal.
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.
Barry Matties, I-Connect007
Today’s students grow up immersed in a world of technology, yet how many of them actually see themselves taking on careers that advance this science? Since many of the jobs for our future workforce haven’t even been created yet, what can be done to encourage students toward STEM careers? In this interview, Barry Matties speaks with Adrienne Collins, director of programs at FIRST Washington, about the success of a student robotics program that fosters innovation, builds problem solving skills, and cultivates a concept that most of us have never heard of—gracious professionalism. When you see the interplay of these skills in action, you are blown away. There’s a bright future ahead.