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In this issue, we examine how fabs work with their design customers, educating them on the critical elements of fabrication needed to be successful, as well as the many tradeoffs involved. How well do you really know your customer? What makes for a closer, more synchronized working relationship?
In this issue, the biggest names in PCB manufacturing share their economic outlook for the upcoming year and beyond. As you will see, they were all bullish on our industry, but there was some apprehension as well. No one wants to get burned by another the supply chain disruption.
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I-Connect007 Researchers Survey Industry on COVID-19 Outbreak EffectMarch 10, 2020 | I-Connect007 Research Team
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In the last 24 hours, we surveyed our readers regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its effect on our industry. After reviewing the first 100 survey responses primarily from North America and Europe, we see that one-third of the respondents reported that the outbreak was having at least a small effect on their orders. Two-thirds of our readers have yet to see any effect on their orders. One respondent from Italy reports that their business halted by 95% due to “everything being currently stopped and/or delayed.”
Here is a sample of some of the responses:
- So far, we have only been hit with slowdowns of our equipment made in Germany, Singapore, or South Korea. We fully expect there to be more impacts.
- Orders already done are waiting for goods to arrive, stopped mostly in China. New orders are not programmed. Expedition to customers slowed down.
- Increased orders for certain product lines that have European manufacturing.
- Everything is currently stopped and/or delayed.
- It seems to be causing pull-ins, though.
- A lack of raw materials imported from China.
- PCB fabrication orders have shifted away from affected Asia to North American facilities.
Our survey results continue to come in, and we will be following this ongoing situation.
If you’d like to take part in this survey, click here.
Rogers Corporation announced that it has signed a lease on a factory in Monterrey, Mexico for advanced busbar manufacturing and engineering services.
Intel Corp. (INTC) launched Intel Foundry as a more sustainable systems foundry business designed for the AI era and announced an expanded process roadmap designed to establish leadership into the latter part of this decade.
TT Electronics, a leading provider of global manufacturing solutions and engineered technologies, proudly announces the grand opening of its newest manufacturing facility located in Mexicali, Mexico.
Intel Foundry Services (IFS) and Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNS) announced they have expanded their partnership and entered into a multiyear strategic agreement to jointly develop a portfolio of key customized IP, optimized design flows and techniques for Intel 18A technology featuring RibbonFET gate-all-around transistors and PowerVia backside power delivery.
It’s a well-known fact that if your company is not growing and moving forward every single day, it is dying. The same rule applies to technology companies: To stay alive, you must grow your technology by keeping up with your customers’ product technology needs. Too many printed circuit board fabricators are dying a slow death because they are not willing or able to invest the time, energy, money, and passion to always work on their technology.