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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.

Cogiscan Adds Sales Channel Partner Univertools for Representation in Interior Mexico

07/16/2024 | Cogiscan
Cogiscan, factory digitalization experts for electronics manufacturers globally, is proud to announce a new partnership with Univertools for technical sales support and representation in interior of Mexico.

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. 

Worldwide Smartphone Market Grew 6.5% in the Second Quarter of 2024 as Momentum Continues to Build

07/15/2024 | IDC
According to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, global smartphone shipments increased 6.5% year over year to 285.4 million units in the second quarter of 2024 (2Q24).

IPC-2581 Consortium Welcomes Big Names

07/11/2024 | Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
At PCB East, I spoke with Hemant Shah, chair of the IPC-2581 Consortium. In this interview, we discuss the new associate and corporate members of the consortium, including Panasonic Connect, Beta CAE, Quilter.ai, and Apple. Shah explains how EMS providers can benefit from IPC-2581, which is now connected to the IPC-CFX manufacturing format. He also lays out a plan for skeptical PCB designers to migrate over to IPC-2581 slowly, and not necessarily quitting Gerber “cold turkey.” Are you handing off data in a digital format yet?
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