Apex or Bust!

Tuesday marks the opening of Apex, the largest electronics assembly trade show in North America. With it, the industry suppliers hope buyers will turn out in force for the Las Vegas event. The early returns don’t look promising, with suggestions that preregistration attendance numbers are down some 15% or more from last year, coupled with travel bans by several major OEMs. Here’s hoping this week marks not another nail in the coffin but the beginning of the turnaround.

Tonight, CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY will announce winners of its NPI and Service Excellence Awards. Check back for frequent updates.

A bit of early gossip: IPC will induct Dan Feinberg to its Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Years ago, Feinberg was president of the dry film and soldermask division of Morton (now owned by Rohm & Haas) and was a major driver behind the IPC Printed Circuits Expo trade show.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (pcea.net). He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow