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VOLUME -22 NUMBER 12
Publication Date: 12/1/2007
Front Page News
People in the News
Electronic Mfg. Services
Electronic Mfg. Products
Special Feature: Test and Measurement
Product Preview: Electronics West / MDM
December 2007 Issue
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What a Year It Has Been
Jacob Fattal, Publisher
As we wind down toward another yearend, it is instructive to look back on what a year it has been. It has been a year of change and major expansion for
with our new e-mailed news bulletins and our ambitious outreach into China with each issue translated into Mandarin and distributed electronically to a huge audience there.
It has been a year of innovations and new trade shows all over the world — perhaps too many of them — as we became uncomfortably aware of the rising Euro and the falling dollar. While this has made overseas travel far more costly for U.S. businessmen, it has also resulted in dramatically improved export sales for stateside manufacturers. Recent moves by the Federal Reserve Board to stabilize our economy have yet to bear fruit; we can only hope the dollar doesn't go into free fall during the coming year.
In the meantime, U.S. manufacturing has had an uptrend, not too surprising considering that we still hold the greatest share of new technology and patents. Economist Dr. A.A. Imberman paints a very rosy picture on this month's "Management" page (p. 16) in his upbeat piece that praises the surging American semiconductor industry. It's not too hard to be so upbeat; after all, 2007 was really a banner year for so many American companies, and this business uptick has to be helped by the falling dollar — which has helped to fuel a heady rise in exports.
The coming year will bring new endeavors and exciting new events. APEX moves to Las Vegas (Los Angeles was really a pretty awful experiment), and that in itself should get a lot of positive juices flowing. We're expecting nothing but good things to happen and we want to wish each and every one of you a wonderful and highly profitable New Year.
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