Bad News in Burma

Our hearts and prayers are with the victims of the Myanmar (Burma) cyclone. The death toll has reached 22,000, and thousands more remain missing, the area’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and far surpassing the World Trade Center attacks.

To contribute to the relief fund, click here.

Updated: I ran across this piece — from 1996 — which claims Myanmar could be a force to be reckoned with in electronics manufacturing. I think it’s instructive because it highlights the disconnect between the promise of low wage rates and the struggle with poor (or no) infrastructure and a disinterested government.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( 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