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The Big Picture: The Shift From China to Southeast Asia

07/16/2024 | Mehul Davé -- Column: The Big Picture
The forecast for PCB growth over the next 10 years is strong. As an indispensable interconnect electronics part, PCBs are currently in high demand for several industries and will be for the foreseeable future. As the PCB industry grows, a significant trend is the gradual relocation of manufacturing facilities from China to Southeast Asia. This shift is driven by several factors, including rising labor costs in China, trade tensions, and the need for diversification of supply chains.

THECA: Thailand’s Coming-out Party

07/15/2024 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
Swaek Prakitritanon is vice president and general secretary of the Thailand Printed Circuit Association (THPCA), and we recently spoke about the inaugural Thailand Electronics Circuit Asia (THECA) trade show, July 24–26, in Bangkok. Among the six specific benefits cited for THECA attendees are valuable insights into the technology transfer to the China + 1 Asian region, specifically Thailand, as a ripe investment opportunity for PCB and PCBA companies. 

TRI at SMTA Chihuahua Expo & Tech Forum 2024

07/15/2024 | TRI
Test Research, Inc. (TRI), the leading test and inspection systems provider for the electronics manufacturing industry, is excited to announce its participation in the SMTA Chihuahua Expo & Tech Forum 2024, held at the Sheraton Chihuahua Soberano scheduled to take place on August 15, 2024.

New Issue of IPC Community Now Ready for Your Summer Reading Pleasure

07/15/2024 | I-Connect007 Editorial Team
If you’re like most of us in this industry, you have a passion for your work—and it shows. In the new issue of IPC Community, which publishes online today, we feature multiple examples of individuals and companies passionate about their jobs and their work in electronics manufacturing. They truly care about #buildingelectronicsbetter.

It’s Only Common Sense: Thar She Blows! Going After That Illusive Whale

07/15/2024 | Dan Beaulieu -- Column: It's Only Common Sense
We’ve all been there. You are targeting a very large customer that could make your yearly forecast. In fact, this customer could blow those goals out of the water. You know you have what they need, and you are yearning to find a way to give it to them. But you’re just not getting anywhere. They won’t answer the phone or return your calls. Their lobby feels like a fortress, and even the receptionist seems icy cold and barely gives you the time of day. Yet you still have that feeling about this company. You were meant for each other. What the heck can you do?
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