Navigating the Global Materials Supply Chain: A Roundtable Discussion


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At SMTAI recently, I sat down for a roundtable discussion with some key players from the materials side of the supply chain. Participants included two executives from Ventec: Mark Goodwin, COO USA and Europe for Ventec International Group, responsible for all non-agent activity and the supply, distribution and service centers in the U.S. and Europe; and Jack Pattie, president of Ventec USA and as such, manager of North American operations for the distribution of laminate and pre-preg. Also participating in the roundtable were Schoeller Electronics CEO Michael Keuthen, head of the Germany-based company that has been producing PCBs for more than 50 years and specializes in rigid-flex and flex activities, and Bob Willis, from the National Physics Laboratory (NPL), known worldwide for measuring standards. In a wide-ranging chat, we discussed the demands and challenges of the materials supply chain and where they see their industry going in the future.

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