Board Buys Back

While the talk of DDi-Coretec and TTM-Meadville and Viasystems-Merix understandably rules the headlines, there are plenty of smaller deals taking place too.

Indeed, market analysis shows that the most difficult time for most flailing companies comes not during a downturn but on the recovery end of the slope.

Whether that’s the case with FM Circuits or Waytec is not clear, but both firms have been snatched up by Epec in recent weeks, the latter being announced today. We also get news of another small East Coast PWB fabricator in play; hopefully we can report that later today.

I’m not surprised about these deals. In fact, if anything, I’m surprised there aren’t more taking place.

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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