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Apex Expo Recap
'Trekking On'
Following three tepid years in Las Vegas, a move to San Diego offered the annual trade show a new lease on life. And like the last time it was held in this Southern California city, Apex did not disappoint. Plus: Our annual SEA and NPI Award winners.
by Brian Chambers

EMS Top 50
Hard Lessons Learned
Mother Nature put the hurt on contract assemblers from Japan to Thailand last year, but it wasn't just gravity that brought the once high-flying Elcoteq back to earth. It was almost enough for us to overlook another year of controversy at Foxconn. (Almost.) Elcoteq notwithstanding, the 10 largest EMS companies remained mostly static in 2011. But there was plenty of movement below.
by Mike Buetow

Talking Heads
ACDI: Integration, Then Acquisition
ACDI bills itself as the largest EMS company in Maryland. The firm, which was launched as a PCB design bureau, recently acquired Fawn Electronics' EMS operations in Nashville, NC. Circuits Assembly editor-in-chief Mike Buetow in March spoke with ACDi vice president of operations Joe Rogers about the integration, the company's strategy and reshoring.
by Mike Buetow



  • Caveat Lector
    ITAR'd and feathered.
    Mike Buetow



    • ROI
      Changes in attitude.
      Peter Bigelow

    • Focus on Business
      Mixing generations.
      Susan Mucha

    • Forefront
      Going for broke.
      E. Jan Vardaman



  • Screen Printing
    Printing PoP.
    Clive Ashmore

  • Test and Inspection
    Looking at LEDs.
    Mark Lau
  • Solar
    Progress on efficiency.
    Tom Falcon

  • Technical Abstracts
    In Case You Missed It.

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