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PCB Tariffs Still in Place: Sharpen Your Buying Strategy

January 20, 2022: The Biden administration announced yesterday the 25% tariff on goods imported from China, including printed circuit boards, will remain in place—for now. Both domestic and offshore manufacturers are feeling the adverse effects of today’s supply chain challenges. Still, many buyers and customers must rely on China for the manufacture of their PCBs. Unfortunately, some domestic PCB suppliers who either broker boards or complement U.S. manufacturing with boards made offshore [...]

How Do We Measure Domestic PCB Success?

January 13, 2022: I applaud efforts by PCB industry trade groups to bolster business for U.S.-based PCB manufacturers by lobbying lawmakers and policymakers at various levels of the American government. I do wonder, however, what is meant by these groups’ push for “market fairness” and a “level playing field.” How, exactly, do we make domestic manufacturers more competitive? Business incentives can sometimes be a good thing. But it is a [...]

It’s 2022: What’s Your PCB Buying Strategy?

January 11, 2022: In this challenging business environment, a solid PCB buying strategy is more important than ever. Do you have one? PCB buyers need to stay competitive in the face of COVID restrictions, increased raw material and precious metal costs, rising freight prices, and a less competitive U.S. dollar. Those who don’t routinely review their vendor base are too comfortable in their jobs. Buyers should always be working to [...]

Chinese New Year Looms: Place PCB Orders Now

January 4, 2022: Every year, some PCB buyers end up in a bind with their orders because they failed to plan for the Chinese New Year (CNY) and its associated manufacturing shutdown in Asia. CNY 2022 comes 11 days earlier than in 2021. That, along with logistics challenges such as raw material shortages and freight delays—not to mention the ongoing issue of COVID—mean many Chinese manufacturers will be suspending services [...]

What’s Your 2022 PCB Buying Strategy?

December 9, 2021: In this challenging business environment, a solid PCB buying strategy is more important than ever. Do you have one? PCB buyers need to stay competitive in the face of COVID restrictions, increased raw material and precious metal costs, rising freight prices, and a less competitive U.S. dollar. Those who don’t routinely review their vendor base are too comfortable in their jobs.  Buyers should always be working to [...]

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Supply Chain Challenges Require PCB Purchasing Evaluation

December 7, 2021: PCB purchasing is often a balancing act. You need to have your boards delivered on time, but you don’t want them to arrive too early. When it comes to managing your supply chain, there are a couple of different methods commonly used in our industry to keep the pipeline moving. For larger-volume customers such as automotive OEMs, the “Push” supply chain management system operates regardless of current [...]

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