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Rasmussen R.,I Connect007
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2013

Serving two masters, IPC has to walk a fine line. Maybe the organization has to delineate itself a bit more, by region, so that it can better support its members in different parts of the world.


Rasmussen R.,I Connect007
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2013

Experts state that China is facing significant challenges with low growth and exports, challenges faced by the housing industry, international pressure on currency exchange rates, and rising wages and costs, along with environmental pressures. Chinese competitors have crushed them with artificially low-priced products. The Chinese government's artificial economic environment has been so enticing that investment flooded into the forcing companies to shift to other locations within the country to survive. A large number of small businesses have suffered significant losses due to faulty government policies. China's rapid ascension to become the second largest economy has been endangered due to these circumstances. Experts also express concerns that the consequences of a Chinese collapse will be severe for the United States and for the rest of the world.


Rasmussen R.,I Connect007
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2013

Ray Rasmussen reflects on the events that took place worldwide. China's Fastprint picked up eXception's PCB business; SMG and Global Circuits merged operations; Yash Sutariya's management team purchased Alpha Circuit Corp; Zutron acquired Teknoflex; and All Flex started off the year by acquiring Tri-C Design. Market news is getting the most reader interest from the websites. Anything with market information seems to be of great importance these days. Leading indicators from The Conference Board captured the most attention. Those indicators have been climbing for most of 2013, which is a good thing, just not fast enough. All economists believe economic growth is being hindered by partisan politics in the US Congress. Flextronics made a few acquisitions picking up RIWISA to strengthen its position in medical. They also picked up a couple of factories from Motorola Mobility (Google), one in Brazil and the other in China. Sparton bought Creonix to strengthen its mil/aero offerings and also picked up Aydin Displays. They bought Onyx at the end of 2012.


Rasmussen R.,I Connect007
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2013

Ray Rasmussen states that OEMs manufacturing PCs are emphasizing on gathering more information while procuring ICs for their specific uses and applications. OEMs manufacturing PCs are emphasizing on gathering such information as they feel that consumers and businesses will upgrade their PCs when they learn how to use Windows 8. Ray Rasmussen also informs that other sectors in the US are growing at stable pace, driving better economic growth and development in the country along with improving the prospects of the PC and related markets. It is expected that the domestic manufacturing sector will continue to record moderate growth in the future despite facing challenges and improve the prospects of the overall market.


Hockaday B.,I Connect007
SMT Surface Mount Technology Magazine | Year: 2014

Technica USA opened up its West Coast Demo & Training Center at their San Jose, California, in 2013 July, in cooperation with ASM-Siplace, along with contributions from its other key partners Heraeus and Rehm. The Tech Day was the first of planned annual events for Technica. The first part of the seminar was held at the CAS Event Center in San Jose, where Helmut Ottl, head of product management and deputy head R&D for Rehm, and Joerg Trodler, process engineer of interconnect technologies and materials at Heraeus, provided detailed technical information on the subjects of vapor phase soldering and the materials and processes that influence solder joint void formation. Sample boards were assembled for a live demonstration of void free soldering. Customers were able to observe the entire process and equipment that was employed for this demonstration. Based on the positive response received from the attendees and the participants, Technica is looking forward to organizing the next technical event.

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