BLOG: End of Year Roundup

One of the consequences of operating in a boom market is that confidence rises and trade shows become even busier. This was most evident at the recent electronica show in Munich, Germany. 3,100 exhibitors occupying a capacity of 17 halls, attracting over 80,000 visitors.

Impressive numbers indeed and you would expect big numbers at a German trade show when the automotive industry is exploding the number of sensors and electronics systems in their cars. Much of the discussion centered on design and miniaturization as designers try to pack ever-greater amounts of electronics into the same space.

Another hot topic last week was component shortages and availability. Entrepreneurial companies such as Circuit Byte, who recently teamed up with Aegis are providing real-time prices and availability of components from most of the major component distributors, such as Avnet, Arrow and Digikey. Just like shopping for your next vacation, internet systems make it easier and easier to compare specifications and prices to get the best part at the best price.

…same with trade shows. No sooner are you finished with one, then its onto the next one! Thankfully, electronica marked the last in my calendar for 2018. Now its time for a well-earned break over Christmas and New Year.

So what can we expect from IPC APEX in January. First, the new date is causing some consternation, but I am reliably informed that we are stuck with it for at least another four years!

The show itself is jam-packed with side-shows and attractions to keep the visitor mesmerized! These include a Happy Hour’ beer session on the first day, only to outgunned by an ‘Ice-Cream’ session on the second day at 4pm on the show floor.

The keynote this year is JB Straubel, CTO and a co-founder of Tesla, no less. The title of his presentation is ‘Accelerating and disrupting innovation; the Tesla story’. A topical subject indeed as there is no doubt that the pace of change is in fact accelerating with products being designed to reach markets in shorter and shorter lead times.

It’s almost the same with trade shows. No sooner are you finished with one, then its onto the next one! Thankfully, electronica marked the last in my calendar for 2018. Now its time for a well-earned break over Christmas and New Year.

From all the staff, contributors and friends at Global SMT & Packaging, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

– Trevor Galbraith
Editor-in-Chief
editor@globalsmt.net

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