Things are looking up!

We are starting to see some encouraging signs when it comes to bringing back electronics manufacturing to North America. Obviously, the supply chain challenges have spurred us to start building our own manufacturing infrastructures.

This is especially evident when it comes to the electronics industry.

Some hopeful signs:

-Intel is investing over $20 billion dollars to build new semiconductor factories in Ohio.

-Taiwan Semiconductor is building their new factories in Arizona.

-EMC has bought the old Arlon facility in Southern California and bringing it back to life where they will start fabricating high tech laminates to be used domestically.

-Our own domestic suppliers are re-focusing their efforts on supporting our own domestic factories.

-Cooperative organizations such as PCBEA have been formed to strengthen the cooperative effort between PCB designers and fabricators.

-Our PCB customers are showing a new respect for domestic PCB fabricators, trusting us with their new product and research development.

No one has ever accused me of being a “rose colored glasses” kind of guy. I have been hard on our industry during the past few years…or longer. But, I have to say that I am tremendously encouraged by what I am seeing in North America, and have faith that it will continue.

Like all dark clouds, let’s hope there is a silver lining, making us all redefine our domestic inter-dependency.

In the meantime, let’s keep working together.

Join us March 2, 2022, for a new webinar on Pedestal Technologies

By the way, speaking of good news, my company Aurora Circuits is hosting a new edition of our collaborative webinar series. This one is called  High Heat/ Pedestal Technologies, which will be focused on processes and insights relating to combating high heat and thermal runaway PCB challenges. I’ll be presenting along with my two Aurora teammates industry experts, Thad Bartosz and John Holmquest, who will use their vast experience to discuss and educate on the advantages of “Pedestal Technology” in the printed circuit board industry, something that our company is especially known for.

Also joining us will be a panel of experts who will share their experiences with the challenges of Thermal Control:

Jeff Brandman of Aismalibar

Steve Williams of The Right Approach Consulting

Daniel Sarkinen of Entrust Corporation

Save the date: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022; TIME 12:00 to 12:45 PM CT