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It Only Gets Better
Jacob Fattal, Publisher
Jacob Fattal, Publisher
There is never a shortage of important trade shows, and as we head into a new year, we are already running to keep up with a very full schedule. At press time, we were anticipating a bigger than ever MD&M/Electronics West in Anaheim (see Product Preview Page 70), followed closely by the newest iteration of APEX in Las Vegas in March. This year's APEX Expo signals a new kind of schedule: 2 years in Las Vegas, then back to San Diego for another 2 years. Each city has its special attractions, but on the whole, we prefer San Diego because the anticipated life style isn't quite so frantic.

Recent trade shows have been very upbeat with improved attendance across the board. The electronics business is growing dramatically in the U.S., and much of the talk continues to be about onshoring and reshoring — getting manufacturing back to the U.S.

In the meantime, there is a huge push for new designs in automotive electronics, as evidenced at the recent CES Expo in Las Vegas. If you have never been to a Consumer Electronics Show, the experience can be overwhelming; it's bigger than huge, easily the largest electronics trade show in the U.S.A., and it seems to grow even larger every year. This year, U.S. Tech was pleased to provide some video interviews from the show floor on our website, and the interviewees all said the same thing: automotive electronics is big and getting bigger, as the process of driving becomes more and more automated.

Manufacturing automotive electronics continues to be the backbone of much U.S. manufacturing performed largely by contract manufacturers throughout the country. And helped by the onshoring push, this market segment continues its inexorable march along with medical, military, and aerospace production. We're expecting an incredible year, and it will only get better.  

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