Involution Revolution

Electronics design and manufacturing aren’t specifically mentioned in this report on China’s “involution“* in certain key sectors including solar, batteries and EVs, but the parallels and implications are clear. China commands a 50 to 99% share of those latter markets worldwide, and similarly dominates the electronics space.

Moreover, the conclusions brought forth — extreme efforts from the West to subsidize and block Chinese suppliers from their markets; China continues its race to the price bottom, making R&D spending all but impossible — clearly suggest a treacherous road ahead for those serving the electronics market.

*the act or an instance of enfolding or entangling; a shrinking or return to a former size

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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