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Acromag installed a Kurtz Ersa HR-550 BGA rework system.

Some of the world’s biggest chip buyers, including Apple, Microsoft and Alphabet Google, have joined chipmakers such as Intel to create a new lobbying group to press for government chip manufacturing subsidies.

Apple ramped its US investments, with plans to make new contributions of more than $430 billion and add 20,000 new jobs across the country over the next five years. The company’s original five-year goal of $350 billion was set in 2018.

Bright Machines, a developer of software-driven automation processes, is being acquired by SCVX, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company. Closing is expected to occur in the second half of 2021. Separately, the company named as manufacturers’ reps PAC Global distributor in the Southwestern US and Mexico and MaRC Technologies in the Pacific Northwest US.

CEM installed a Yamaha high-speed placement line.

Engineers at Columbia University have demonstrated the smallest single-chip system ever created, which could be implanted with a hypodermic needle to measure temperature inside the body, and possibly much more.

Enics confirmed plans transfer manufacturing from its electronics manufacturing plant in Switzerland to other factories in Europe, a move that will affect up to 110 workers.

Foxconn Electronics is in talks to acquire 6″ or 8″ semiconductor fabs, according to company chairman Young-Way Liu in response to speculation that the EMS giant is looking to take over a 6″ fab from Macronix. Foxconn and Yageo have announced plans to form a joint venture to develop and sell semiconductors.

IEC Electronics opened its state-of-the-art 150,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility at the Silver Hill Technology Park in Newark, NJ, and gave an update on another plant in Rochester, NY.

Incap will build a third EMS factory in Tumkur, Karnataka, India.

Gold use is spiking as electronics demand continues unabated.

Katek, the second-largest German EMS provider, is preparing an IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in the current quarter.

Megger installed two Europlacer iineo+ pick & place machines.

Eight people, including two firefighters, died after a fire at a factory owned by a Pegatron subsidiary in Shanghai.

EMS firm Silicon Forest Electronics is merging with ESAM and Bay Computer Associates through a stock purchase agreement with VergePointe Capital. The combined group will be merged into EHC, a holding company.

UMC Electronics is closing production at its electronics manufacturing factory in Mexico and winding down its business operations in North America, a reaction to the slowing automotive market.

VS Industry (VSI) said construction of its new electronics manufacturing facilities in Johor is on track to be completed soon.