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1 Click SMT Technology has opened a demo center in Suzhou to provide local support to the automotive and medical instrument industries.

Absolute EMS invested in a Jaguar N450 lead and lead-free wave soldering system.

A coalition of seven trade associations, including the Telecommunications Industry Association, Information Technology Industry Council, Semiconductor Industry Association and National Association of Manufacturers, has petitioned the US Trade Representative over concerns regarding India’s mounting tariffs on information communications technology products and services.

Argo EMS named Integral Sales manufacturers’ representatives in New England.

Asteelflash reportedly suffered a cyber attack by the REvil ransomware gang, which demanded a $24 million ransom.

Axiom Manufacturing Services revealed its annual revenue for 2019-2020 exceeded £62 million, and the UK-based EMS company is embarking on a hiring spree.

Bharti Enterprises has signed an agreement with Dixon Technologies to form a joint venture to build telecom equipment, including IoT devices, modems, routers and set-top boxes.

BEST installed an NAI PRO-X110 x-ray inspection system.

BrandSafway has acquired JA Electronics Manufacturing.

Bright Machines named Murray Percival manufacturers’ representative.

BSU opened an EMS plant and headquarters in Austin, TX.

Cambodia has greenlit a pair of investments totaling nearly $5 million combined in new electronics assembly plants, according to the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC).

Circuit Technology Center installed a second robotic hot solder dip (RHSD) machine.

CyberOptics received a $1.2 million order for its MX3000 memory module inspection systems.

Cypress Industries has added additional PCB assembly lines and expanded its high-level assembly footprint in Mexico to handle additional volume.

Elbit Systems completed its previously announced acquisition of Sparton’s sonobuoy unit from an affiliate of Cerberus.

Enics will reduce headcount at its EMS operations in Turgi, Switzerland, by up to 125 workers.

Ericsson inaugurated the first 5G circuit board production line in Latin America.

Foxconn has begun making servers and other 5G networking gear for a handful of clients, including Cisco, at its manufacturing complex in Wisconsin, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

Global efforts to develop national self-sufficiency in chip production are “economically unrealistic” and US-China trade tensions have contributed to the chip shortage, according to TMSC chairman Mark Liu.

Intel will greatly expand its advanced chip manufacturing capacity as its new chief executive announced plans to spend as much as $20 billion to build two factories in Arizona and open its factories to outside customers.

Koh Young America recognized sales partners Technical Resources Corp. and Repstronics for remarkable contributions.

Kyzen launched the Cleaning Insights e-newsletter.

LG Electronics will shutter its money-losing mobile communication business.

Pace Electronics will expand its electronics manufacturing plant in Sodus, NY, and add 15 jobs.

Pegatron will complete its factory site expansions in Vietnam and India in the second half of 2021 and begin an expansion at a plant in North America in 2021, according to CEO SJ Liao.

A new study from the SIA found that the global semiconductor supply chain has become increasingly vulnerable to natural disasters and geopolitical disruptions because suppliers have become more concentrated in distinct regions.

Shenmao established an independent testing laboratory in Taiwan called Cheetah Inspection.

Solu-M installed 22 Mirtec SMT AOI machines at its plant in Mexico.

Specialty Coating Systems acquired Diamond-MT for an undisclosed sum.

Syrma Tech is banking on e-vehicles and IoT for the next phase of the Indian EMS company’s growth.

Tech Etch announced the grand opening of its Innovation Center, located at the company headquarters in Plymouth, MA.

Test Research Inc. opened an office in Bắc Ninh, Vietnam.

Texas Instruments awarded Kulicke and Soffa its 2020 Supplier Excellence Award.

TMSC plans to invest $100 billion in the next three years to expand its manufacturing capacity and support research and development.

Wildtrax installed a Europlacer iineo+ II pick-and-place machine, its second.

XDry announced an exclusive representative agreement with T&S Associates in the Southeastern US.

Xiaomi plans to invest about $10 billion over the next decade to make electric vehicles.