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AUGUST 2020 I SMT007 MAGAZINE 89 5 SMTA International Conference and Expo Goes Virtual E The Surface Mount Technol- ogy Association announced that its annual conference and exhibition, SMTA Inter- national, will proceed for 2020 as a completely virtual event starting September 28, 2020. The deci- sion has been made in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the health and safety of all those who attend. 6 Sparton Corporation Sells its Manufacturing and Design Services Business to One Equity Partners E Sparton Corporation, a provider of engineered products for the defense industry, entered into a definitive agreement to sell its contract manufacturing unit, Man- ufacturing and Design Services, to One Equity Partners, a middle-market private equity firm. 7 This Month in SMT007 Magazine: Electronics Manufacturing—A Critical Industry and Supply Chain E Chris Peters represents the U.S. Partnership for Assured Electronics, where he advo- cates for electronics manufac- turing as a critical industry. Here, he describes the cur- rent status, the supply chain, and what he sees in Washing- ton, D.C. 8 TT Electronics Adds Advanced Industrial Electronics Manufacturing Facility in Malaysia E TT Electronics, a global pro- vider of engineered electron- ics for performance-critical applications, announced that its Global Manufacturing Solu- tions Division is expanding its footprint by opening operations in Kuantan, Malaysia, in response to overwhelming customer demand for an additional manufacturing center in Asia. 9 ViTrox Expanding Into Mexico With SMTo Engineering E ViTrox Technologies—a machine vision inspection solution pro- vider of innovative, advanced and cost-effective automated 3D machine vision inspection solutions for the semiconductor and electron- ics packaging industries—announced its cur- rent business expansion of SMT inspection solutions in Mexico. J Big Move Creates New Opportunity for U.S. Electronics Manufacturer American Fibertek E Recently acquired Ameri- can Fibertek had been based out of New Jersey for over 30 years but recently moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. The move allows the leading American-manufac- tured electronics company to utilize and be a part of the continually growing electronics manufacturing scene in St. Petersburg area. Chris Peters Santoyo and Sanchez For the latest news and information, visit Subscribe to our newsletters or premium content at my I-Connect007.

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