To develop a resilient ecosystem, understanding the root cause of the PCB industry supply chain shortages is a must.

In this episode, Travis Kelly, president and CEO of Isola Group will help us understand what is going on with the current supply chain in the electronics industry. Travis will also give us his insight into the new legislation introduced in the US Congress: Bipartisan Bill to Bring Electronics Manufacturing to America and Strengthen Supply Chains.

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Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics

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Show Highlights:

  • Travis's introduction and a brief overview of PCB manufacturing and fabrication in the United States

    • About 20 years ago, the US produced roughly 26% of the world's PCBs; today, that number is down to 4%
    • There used to be over 2000 fabricators in the late 1990s and early 2000 to less than 140 today
  • What are the main drivers of the PCB industry supply chain shift?
  • The industry recognizes the benefits of working in a global economy; Travis explained the need to diversify manufacturing capabilities in certain regions
    • Identify what makes sense to have a robust supply chain domestically, e.g., 5G, 6G, medical, aerospace, obviously defense, banking infrastructures
  • Travis stresses that there are ways to reduce the overall cost of PCB and electronics production and still manufacture domestically
    • Looking at the entire ecosystem and pointing out vulnerabilities outside of just chips and advanced packaging, how to address each one?
    • Focus on a balanced approach, not over-indexing; strategically, where does it make sense to build brick and mortar to have a resilient, robust, and trusted supply chain?
  • What does it mean to bring manufacturing onshore?
  • Building a strategic and competitive PCB industry ecosystem requires more than just automated facilities; it’s also essential to invest on:
    • Workforce development – hiring and building up a talented workforce domestically
    • Promote STEM in schools
    • Create awareness of PCB industry design and manufacturing as part of the sought after career in tech
  • Travis gives insight into the new legislation introduced in the US Congress: Bipartisan Bill to Bring Electronics Manufacturing to America and Strengthen Supply Chains
    • He emphasizes the importance of understanding the root cost of the imbalanced supply chain vs. addressing just the symptoms
    • Continue to educate the Whitehouse on understanding the issue extensively and not just focusing on the semiconductor shortages
    • Considering the cost of the end products (for consumers) when navigating and drawing solutions
  • The role of the Printed Circuit Board Association of America (PCBAA) in the industry: educate, advocate and legislate

Links and Resources:

Connect with Travis Kelly on LinkedIn
Follow PCBAA on LinkedIn
Visit Isola Group’s  website
Eshoo & Moore Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Bring Electronics Manufacturing to America and Strengthen Supply Chains
Connect with Zach on LinkedIn

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