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December 2020


The Wiring Harness Manufacturer’s Association (WHMA) has cancelled its 2021 28th Annual Conference due to concerns with COVID-19 infection rates. Executive director David Bergman stated that it wilkl be replaced by a virtual event on February 17.



November 2020


The High Density Packaging User Group (HDPUG) has named Larry Marcanti executive director. He succeeds founder Marshall Andrews who headed the trade consorium for the past 15 years.

Larry, a degreed chemical engineer, as more than four decades' experience in the printed circuit board industry with Honeywell, Nortel and Avaya, including the eight spent working with  HDPUG.


At the end of the month Reuters stated that the Trump administration is poised to add China’s top chipmaker SMIC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies. This would curb access to U.S. investors and likely escalate tensions with Beijing weeks before the presumed President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Current reports from China also indicate reluctance by many Chinese companies to buy American equipment for electronics production. However, there appears to be a desire by some to buy "one" of some developed assembly and electronic packaging systems for probable reverse engineering purposes.


Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) will build a state-of-the-art 140,000-square-foot PCB fabrication facility near Moscow, Idaho. The company plans to break ground in the spring of 2021 and to complete construction by mid-2022.


SEL is working with IPC award winning GreenSource Fabrication in New Hampshire to design the facility and manufacturing processes. 


This will be the most modern, environmentally friendly and safe PCB manufacturing facility in the United States—maybe the world,” said founding president and CTO Edmund O.Schweitzer.


The registration for productronica 2021 is now live and only currently available online. It will be held in Munich November 16 - 19, 2021. 


The three-day ECWC15 conference, hosted by the Hong Kong Pinted Circuit Association, will be held online from 30 November to 2 December 2020, while the third day of the seminar will be moved to the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Centre in China, in sync with the International Electronic Circuit (Shenzhen) Exhibition.


China signed a trade deal with 14 other Asia-Pacific nations that will bring their economies closer together. This will be the second agreement covering large parts of the region without U.S. participation.


Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc with the world's major technical conferences and exhibits. The most recent causalty is the March 23-25, 2021 printed electronics LOPEC conference and exhibit in Munich which will now be totally on line as a virtual event.


However, NEPCON Nagoya appears to have successfully navigated the challenge of a combined real and virtual show with its October 21-23 event.


What do you think? Is this sincere?


On November 4 Chinese President Xi Jinping appealed for global cooperation to overcome the economic challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic.In a video address to the China International Import Expo  in Shanghai, he said the “trend of opening up and cooperation among countries remains unchanged” and all nations should promote “mutual openness”. The annual event was held as most of the world was still battling Covid-19 and awaited the results of the U.S. presidential election.


Xi said that the decision to hold the event  reflected China’s “sincere desire to share market opportunities with the world and promote world economic recovery.”The speech came as much of the world was following the U.S. presidential election, though Xi made no mention of it.


“This epidemic reminds us that all countries are a community of shared destiny, and no one can stand alone in the face of major crises. As such, nations should embrace trust instead of suspicion, and join hands instead of exchanging fists”, he said.


Zhen Ding Technology has acquired BoardTek Electronics, producer of PCBs for high-frequency, HPC and automotive applications. Both companies are based in Taiwan.



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