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Towards a Silicon to Systems Industrial StrategySeptember 25, 2023 | Alison James
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Electronics systems are at the heart of almost all modern technology. The performance and functionality of these systems have increased at breathtaking speed, chiefly as a result of advancements in semiconductor technology. Semiconductors do not function in isolation. They gain functionality through electronic interconnection with other components on printed circuit boards (PCBs). These electronics systems feature prominently in key sectors like defence, aerospace, space, automotive, medical, and high-performance computing, but electronics are vital to every industry and are central to a variety of EU priorities, including the twin digital and green transitions and Europe’s technological sovereignty.
There is near universal agreement on the importance of the European electronics manufacturing base among companies that manufacture and purchase electronics. A survey fielded in July 2023 by IPC and partners across market sectors indicates more than 95% of companies believe a robust European electronics ecosystem, including PCB and EMS industries, is critical to regional security, industrial resiliency, and economic competitiveness. Yet, a clear majority also believes the EU lacks key PCB (88%) and EMS (61%) capabilities. Survey respondents signalled a strong interest in new EU policy measures to strengthen the global competitiveness of the European PCB and EMS industries.
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Global TV Shipments to Fall Below 197 Million Units for the First Time in 2023, Slight Growth of 0.2% Expected in 202411/29/2023 | TrendForce
TrendForce’s latest research indicates that despite a decrease in the CPI in Europe and the US this year, consumer budgets are still constrained due to the current high-interest-rate environment, and the real estate bubble in China has suppressed TV demand. Moreover, a significant increase in TV panel prices this year has led brands to scale down promotional events.
ICAPE GROUP Consolidates Its Technological Expertise by Integrating Bordan Electronic Consult’s Assets in Germany11/29/2023 | ICAPE Group
ICAPE Group, a global technology distributor of printed circuit boards (PCB), announced the acquisition of 100% of the assets of Bordan Electronic Consult, a German company specializing in the design of "custom-made" technical parts.
Mycronic’s Kevin Clue discusses the new MyPro A40, a pick and place machine that is 48% faster than its predecessor. The A40 maintains the flexibility desired by high-mix, low-volume manufacturers while offering a wider component range, better accuracy and repeatability.
November’s issue of Design007 Magazine had an excellent theme that evolved around design simplification. There were exceptionally good articles about how to reduce over-constrained or needlessly complex designs. One significant time-consuming category is the creation of many design files and drawings which lead to lengthy creation and interpretation time along with the considerable time to resolve conflicting or erroneous information.
Pete Starkey speaks with Frederic Soulier and Damien Boureau from Altix and MGI Digital Technology. The combined expertise of two innovative companies lead to a radically simplified digital solution for solder mask and additive processes in one machine.