More on Vietnam

Great piece on Vietnam’s budding electronics industry at EE Times Asia. I would debate the comparison between the rise of the nation’s software industry from nothing to fairly significant within five years as being a suitable indicator of what could happen in manufacturing — my belief is computer science skills are much more easily transferred than manufacturing knowledge. But that’s a nit in an otherwise commendable article.

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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