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December 15th, 2019
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The best defense – and greatest offense – for managing dynamic markets, product complexity and unpredictable supply conditions is an intelligent digital supply chain that delivers the visibility, agility, speed and resilience required to navigate Jabil’s top 10 predictions for 2020.

Although initially believed to be just an urban legend, it turns out thieves can actually find your electronics through Bluetooth.

Susy Webb on Mar. 26–27 will lead Design Essentials for PCB Engineers, a two-day workshop covering parts placement, routing, fine-pitch BGAs, fanout, controlling impedance and high-frequency energy, and stack-up and power issues, in Austin, TX.

The US auto safety agency said Friday it will investigate a 12th Tesla crash that may be tied to the vehicle’s advanced Autopilot driver assistance.

Phil Zarrow will present a two-day SMT Assembly Boot Camp, a practical workshop on processes and materials used in through-hole and SMT, in Austin, TX, on Mar. 24–25.

Delo rolls outs Monopox TC2270 thermally conductive adhesive.

Speed Freeze: The Trials of Young Engineers
Our industry is noted for spectacular new technology that eclipses everything around it at breathtaking speed. As exciting and noteworthy as those technologies may seem, however, success more often moves in ways and at speeds akin to the proverbial turtle.

Peter Bigelow



Samsung committed an additional $8 billion to bolster its Chinese NAND production.

Keytronic has started shipping product from its new manufacturing facility in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Nanya Technology plans to spend up to $68 million to boost its shareholding in Formosa Advanced Technology.

Taiwan’s flex exports fell 25% year-over-year in November.

Meanwhile, its rigid board exports rose 5% year-over-year during the same period.

Universal Scientific Industrial will pay $450 million for Asteelflash in a pending deal expected to close late in 2020.

Hanwha Techwin Automation Americas announced a strategic business development and creative partnership with Absolute EMS.

Kimball Electronics announced the release of its first-ever Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report.

The Philippine Competition Commission has approved PCB maker Mikuni Toyo's purchase of ATM module assembler Hitachi Terminals Mechatronics Philippines.

IEC Electronics has been approved for listing on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “IEC.”

Yarbrough Electronics Sales expanded its Tuscon, AZ, EMS plant to 17,000 sq. ft. and added an SMT line.

Shenzhen Topband named Rachel Yue key account manager.

CCGAs Expose Brittle Supply Chain
FPGAs are a multibillion-dollar business, characterized by suppliers like Xilinx, MicroChip, Texas Instruments and Cypress Semiconductor.

Mike Buetow



From the pages of
Transparent Flexible Circuits
Five years ago, a material supplier in Japan commercialized a clear polyimide film to use as the base material for heat-resistant flexible circuits.
by Dominique Numakura

From the pages of
In Memoriam
A look back at friends and colleagues who left us in 2019.
by Mike Buetow


Jan. 28–30: DesignCon, Santa Clara, CA
Feb. 4-6: IPC Apex Expo 2020, San Diego, CA
Feb. 10-13: Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium, The Big Island of Hawaii
Mar. 24-25: PCB2Day: SMT Assembly Boot Camp, Austin, TX
Mar. 26-27: PCB2Day: Design Essentials for PCB Engineers, Austin, TX
Apr. 27-30: Zuken Innovation World Americas 2020, Coronado, CA


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

           12/9/19 TREND
Sn $7.61 Up
Pb $0.86 Down
Ag $246.60 Down
Cu $2.65 Down
             Oct. TREND
Semi equip. billings 3.9% Up
ICs -13.1% Up
PCBs 1.11 Up
Computers/elec. products 5.48 Down

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