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There is, increasingly, a sense of returning to “normal” daily life where I live. Of the state’s population, 35% have been immunized against coronavirus as of this week. Lockdowns are lifted, schools have partially reopened, and even some offices are staffing back up. Job openings are everywhere right now, and some folks seem to be taking advantage of this market to make lateral or upward moves into something closer to their dream job. Still others are stepping back into their old places of employment, but often with new duties or titles. There are still some restrictions, but those are increasingly localized. What’s for certain is this: When we do return to “normal” it’s going to a normal with a landscape that is both familiar and new.
Much like this week’s five must-reads, as it turns out. News for our industry this week included multiple merger and acquisition announcements. Two made my top five: Mycronic/atg and Element Solutions/H.K. Wentworth. Incap announced a temporary closure to some of their facilities in response to local-area pandemic lockdowns in India. Plus, we bring you a conversation with Gardien’s Niraj Patel, and EMI discussion with Kenneth Wyatt.
Catching Up With Gardien’s Niraj Patel
Published May 11
Dan Beaulieu interviews Niraj Patel, Gardien Vice President for North America. Gardien has a long and successful history in our industry as a provider of PCB quality assurance solutions. Beaulieu and Patel go deep into Gardien’s future directions.
Mycronic to Acquire atg Luther & Maelzer
Published May 10
This acquisition “strengthens and broadens” the Mycronic electrical testing product portfolio. Quoting from the press release, “Mycronic's acquisition of atg encompasses the entire global operations of the company, including companies in Taiwan, Germany and China. Following the transaction, which is expected to be finalized at the end of June 2021, atg will become part of Mycronic's Global Technologies division.”
As India takes steps to contain the coronavirus pandemic conditions currently in motion, the Karnataka government officials have imposed stricter measures. Incap is responding by temporarily shuttering their facilities in Tumkur until May 24, 2021.
Element Solutions Announces Acquisition of H.K. Wentworth Group
Published May 10
From the press release: “Element Solutions Inc., a global and diversified specialty chemicals company, has announced its acquisition of H.K. Wentworth Limited (HKW), a leading UK-based manufacturer of electro-chemicals for the electronics, LED, automotive and industrial manufacturing industries.”
I-Connect007 spoke with Element Solutions’ vice president, Joe D’Ambrisi about the acquisition; look for that interview at I-Connect007.com next week.
The Top Five Reasons Products Fail EMI Testing
Published May 12
Kenneth Wyatt leads off this special report article with, “The three top product failures I see constantly in my consulting practice are radiated emissions, radiated susceptibility, and electrostatic discharge. After reviewing and testing hundreds of products over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that products fail these tests for five common reasons.” Click the link for more details.