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I-Connect007 continues to receive and post company updates on the COVID-19 outbreak. That’s why I-Connect007 has launched Industry Leaders Speak Out, a bulletin board of sorts that allows PCB industry owners and managers to explain their current status for conducting business while handling the COVID-19 outbreak.
On this industry forum page, we encourage you to share your company updates and keep up to speed on your partners, suppliers and colleagues. Check back frequently to see how your industry partners are operating during these challenging times. And if you’d like to share an update about your company’s current operations, you can submit a message as well. Just click on the link at the bottom of the page.
We’ll get through this together, and this industry will be better than ever before.
The current list includes company statements from APCT, Blackfox, Burkle North America, EMA Design Automation,Freedom CAD, ICM Controls, Koh Young Technology, LPKF Laser & Electronics, Mirtec, NCAB Group, Polar, Printed Circuits, Taiyo America, Ucamco, Ventec International and others. Read them all at Industry Leaders Speak Out and check back as we will be adding to this page in the coming weeks.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
The big news in the industry this week was the new bill introduced to the U.S. Congress in support of the PCB manufacturing industry. The Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act of 2022, which was introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Blake Moore (R-UT), incentivizes “purchases of domestically produced PCBs as well as industry investments in factories, equipment, workforce training, and research and development.” The bill is a PCB-oriented complement to the semiconductor-oriented CHIPS Act of 2021.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
There’s been a lot of talk among PCB manufacturers about the need to upskill their workforce. But where do you start—do you set up your own program or send staff to third-party training centers? We asked David Hernandez, IPC vice president of education, to weigh in on this topic, and the criteria that goes into creating IPC training programs. In addition to upskilling strategies, David also delves into the need for our industry to develop a labor pipeline, as well as the challenges we face in hiring, training, and retaining employees in this industry during a tight labor market.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
It certainly seems that our times continue to be interesting, don’t they? Just how many different flavors of supply chain disruption can we come up with? Investment on the supply side needs to increase, but the size of the labor force needs to increase even more, if we want to accomplish the task of the buildout itself, let alone running the facilities properly.