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18 PCB007 MAGAZINE I JUNE 2020 How Electronics Manufacturers Are Coping With COVID-19 There is a saying that true character is re- vealed by the choices we make under pressure, and this is certainly true of this very uncertain time. Those of us in the electronics manufac- turing industry are no different from anyone else facing this pandemic; we are not sure of what will happen next, but we are working to- gether to find solutions. We are engineers and problem solvers, after all, and it is in our nature to fix things. As we discover new ways to inno- vate, keep our employees safe and healthy, and keep our businesses running smoothly, all of these actions are allowing us to move forward. I am privileged to be the president and CEO of IPC, where I have the opportunity to talk daily to members of the electronics manufac- turing industry—a global industry that sup- ports millions of jobs worldwide, contributing to nearly every sector of the global economy. On frequent calls with IPC members, we of- fer an open forum to attendees—a place where we can gather online to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on our global industry. We share operational and manufacturing challenges, discuss how our industry can help meet the needs of health care workers and frontline workers, and consider how we can help one another. These calls and the various discussions I have had with other leaders in the industry have encouraged me in more ways than I could have imagined. It is gratifying to see the way Problem Solving While Innovating One World, One Industry by Dr. John Mitchell, IPC—ASSOCIATION CONNECTING ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES

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