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About Mike

Mike Buetow is 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 is also vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversees all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 20 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

Foxconn India: Still a Pipe Dream

It’s been a year (more actually) since India announced — to great fanfare — a memorandum of understanding with Foxconn to invest $5 billion over the next five years in the nation. For India, it seemed like a marriage made in heaven: the … Continue reading

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What’s the Deal with Delly?

Gayla Delly left Benchmark with no notice last week. Why? Changes at the top of Tier 1 and 2 EMS firms don’t happen often. Before Friday, in fact, Benchmark had had just two chief executives in its 30-year history. Cary Wu founded … Continue reading

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Changing of the EDA Guards

Turnover among the heads at the major suppliers of electronics design-related software is rare indeed. Since 2010, the top spot of a leading PCB software company has changed hands only once. The dean of PCB EDA, Makoto Kaneko, founded Zuken in 1976. … Continue reading

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Auto Electronics: Gearing Up or Headed for the Cliff?

What would the electronics industry do if automotive demand were to pull a Thelma and Louise and head off the proverbial cliff? The auto recovery has been the axle of the Western supply chain since 2008. The drivetrain is starting to show some wear, … Continue reading

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Bank Shots

My latest editorial looks at how buyers in the electronics supply chain are using their suppliers as an extension of their bank.  

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Mycronic-Axxon Deal a Symbolic Milestone

Mycronic’s purchase of electronics dispensing OEM Shenzhen Axxon Automation Co. today signals a novel, if inevitable, milestone in the SMT processing equipment history: Chinese process equipment OEMs have reached the point where they are sufficiently viable and significant for Western companies to invest … Continue reading

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The Last VCR

The news that the supposed last maker of VCRs, Funai Electric, will cease production on the video medium at the end of this month took me back to this blog item I wrote in 2009. That’s when I retired my previous VCR, … Continue reading

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‘Mike Buetow Humor’

When the reader titles their email “Subject: Mike Buetow humor,” you know I’m opening that one first. Reader TE writes: Just going through the July 2016 issue when I came across two (well, three really) very interesting announcements. On page … Continue reading

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Eagle’s New Nest

It’s been almost a month since Autodesk acquired Cadsoft, and more importantly, its Eagle line of CAD tools, from distributor Premier Farnell. Yet there’s been nary a peep from Autodesk on how it plans to adopt or implement its new toys. Autodesk, … Continue reading

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Microbial Nanowires

Biologists at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst have genetically modified bacteria to produce tiny conductive wires that may one day be used in electronics. If we extrapolate this, does it mean that job-seekers won’t just have China and robots to compete with, but bugs, … Continue reading

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