Mike Buetow

For those who count on the electronics industry for big feats, it’s been a remarkable couple of years. The Mars Science Laboratory (which includes the better-known Curiosity rover) flew some 350 million miles before settling down on the Red Planet, where it continues to compile and beam new information back to we land-lovers on Earth. It’s a stunning engineering feat. And given the many millions of dollars spent to get there, thank goodness it succeeded.

Read more: The Human Touch

Who saw this coming?

Nam Tai in late January announced it would exit the electronics manufacturing services business following the wind down of orders for LCMs at its Shenzhen facility.

Read more: Boom to Bust

Quick, how many persons active in the SMT industry today have managed a major equipment supplier, a major materials supplier and an EMS company? Not many, we’re guessing. Indeed, Pat Trippel may be the only one, and even then, he’s not directly in charge of the latter.

Read more: Applied Materials

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