Selling Spree

And there you go: Two more deals in the past two days.

In the UK, Falcon PCB Group has acquired flex circuit manufacturer Flex-Ability, while in the US, Circuit Connect has snatched up the former Eastern Manfuacturing/Titan East plant now known as Time Sensitive Circuits.

How the two deals unfold could be very different, however. Falcon now owns a handful of shops in two regions, and tends to leave its plants intact. 

Several companies have been rumored to have sniffed around TSC over the past few years, including one of the big West Coast-based fabricators. The firm has some interesting flex capability and, unlike its acquirer, is qualified to MIL-PRF-55110 and MIL-PRF-31032. What no one is saying is whether the company’s plant will remain open, or if production will be moved up 45 miles northwest to Nashua, NH.

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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