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August 24th, 2019
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Huawei is the hostage of Google. And it will remain Google’s hostage for a long time – unless it wants to abandon western markets and focus on Asia’s market instead.

Registration is open for CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY’s 28th annual Service Excellence Awards (SEAs).

Tony Hemmelgarn, president and CEO of Siemens PLM Software and CEO of Mentor, explained the acquisition of Mentor Graphics, the shift toward more customized design, and where AI fits into the design picture.

Greg Papandrew explains his new company that helps printed circuit board buyers understand how to improve their procurement practices and gives a preview of his new e-book and upcoming workshop at PCB West in September on PCB Chat.

Advance registration is free to visit the more than 100 companies at the PCB West exhibition next month.

Equipment Selection
Selecting Reflow Oven Length
You are putting in a new assembly line to assemble some large boards. How do you calculate capacity needed to keep up with the component placement machines?

Ron Lasky



China is putting into place tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. products in retaliation for the Trump administration's latest planned tariff hikes.

In response, President Donald Trump on Friday said he has ordered American companies to exit China after Beijing unveiled retaliatory tariffs on $75 billion in US goods, throwing a new twist into the bitter trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

Semiconductor supply chain watchers expect DRAM pricing to begin to stabilize next month.

North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers posted $2.03 billion in billings worldwide in July, down 14.5% year-over-year and up 0.4% sequentially, according to SEMI.

Holders Technology said its profit dropped more than two thirds in its most recently ended financial year due to challenges in its printed circuit board unit.

Orbit International has purchased the assets of Q-Vio, developer of LCD display modules.

Molex opened a state-of-the-art optical R&D facility in New Jersey.

Barco is investing $5 million to expand its operations and adding 50 new jobs to its existing facility in Gwinnett County, GA.

ESI is on the hunt for a new headquarters in Beaverton, OR.

Bang & Olufsen may be on the block following the recent release of poor financial results.

Circular Economy Regs Make My Head Spin
Many “topical” conferences are not just good at answering questions, but they also open one’s eyes to questions that have yet to be resolved.

Mike Buetow



From the pages of
Prototron Circuits: 2 Sites, 1 Vision
The West Coast-based fabricator is turning boards up to 30-layers as fast as they get them.
by Chelsey Drysdale

From the pages of
Evolving Production from Job Shop to One-Piece Flow
How a PICK analysis helped cut EMS staff by 19% and raise production output 24%.
by Antonio Franco


Aug. 29: Webinar: Surface Cleanliness Assessment, Online
Sept. 9-12: PCB West, Santa Clara, CA
Sept. 22-26: SMTA International, Rosemont, IL
Oct. 9-10: Southern California Design-2-Part Show, Pasadena, CA
Nov. 6-7: Midwest Design-2-Part Show, Indianapolis, IN
Nov. 12-15: Productronica, Munich, Germany
Feb. 4-6: IPC Apex Expo 2020, San Diego, CA


Email industry press releases or links to the editors of CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY or PCD&F: pr@upmediagroup.com.

           8/19/19 TREND
Sn $7.69 Flat
Pb $0.93 Up
Ag $250.04 Up
Cu $2.59 Up
             June TREND
Semi equip. billings -19% Up
ICs -16.8% Down
PCBs 1.00 Up
Computers/elec. products 5.44 Up

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