Barnhart on Regionalization

Charlie Barnhart’s group has conducted an interesting survey on regionalization.  A quick rundown of the findings:

  • Is it best to manufacture electronic products in the region into which the product will be sold?  84% agreed to some degree.
  • Is your company currently utilizing a regional approach to electronics manufacturing? 80% said yes to some degree.

I don’t think the survey was scientific. It sounds like respondents were visitors to his website, and there’s no telling whether people voted more than once, or how many people voted, etc.

But like much of Charlie’s work, it’s always good water cooler conversation.

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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