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Two high-profile pieces of legislation in the United States and Europe seek to encourage semiconductor capacity but leave out the equally important reliance on printed board fabrication and assembly. In this issue, we look at the state of the industry: What is being done about the supply chain? Will governments recognize what’s missing? And can the U.S. ever gain back what it once had?
For the March 2022 issue of SMT007 Magazine, we asked a variety of contributors to talk about the issues surrounding the legislation and what U.S. manufacturers can do to ensure a secure and stable supply chain.
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Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
Electronics manufacturers like Emerald EMS are finding that as the consumer markets experience a slowdown, and supply chain woes are lightening, challenges persist. Chris Lentz, vice president of supply chain logistics, and Joe Garcia, vice president of sales and marketing, break down the issues their company has faced over the past two years in working with vetted sources, not backing down in the face of adversity, and most importantly, forging better relationships with customers. One thing they’ve learned is how to be creative in finding parts while maintaining their reputation with customers. Just because you find it cheaper online doesn’t make it valid. Chris and Joe explain.
Dr. Ronald C. Lasky, Indium Corp.
It may be difficult to see any bright spots in the current and recent economic situation. We have all experienced the devastation of the pandemic, supply chain issues, and most recently, inflation. However, as a senior technologist for an international materials supplier (Indium Corporation) and a professor of engineering at an Ivy League research university (Dartmouth College), I offer these four silver linings for those of us in the electronics industry.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
Can you still design a product and expect to see validation by the next week? The Epoch International Enterprises team of Meghan Zou, Foad Ghalili, Lillian Lin, and Crystal Zhang provide insight into what their distributors have up against over the past two years as they seek to source and validate parts. Often, it means finding alternatives, redesigning the project, and worst of all, sitting and waiting.