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82 PCB007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2021 1 EPTE Newsletter: Taiwan Releases 2020 PCB Production Numbers E T h e Ta i w a n Printed Circuit A s s o c i a t i o n ( T P C A ) r e - leased Decem- ber's shipment data. Full year data is also posted for 2020, so it's time to re- view the industry's performance. 2 Predicting a 'Roaring Twenties' Innovation Boom E e 2020s have not started as anyone would have wished. e COVID-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses in sup- ply chains and in global man- ufacturing, yet this could still be the most innovative de- cade ever. 3 North American PCB Industry Sales Begin 2021 Up 4% E IPC announced the January 2021 findings from its North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. e book-to-bill ratio stands at 1.14. 4 Joe Fjelstad's Book Review: The Innovators E "e Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Rev- olution" by Walter Isaacson is the best technology history book I have ever read, and at the same time one of the most engaging and entertaining. It is a forte of Isaac- son to write biographies of great people. I have read his other books on Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs, Ben Franklin and Albert Einstein and found them equally brilliant. Isaacson has a number of other titles I have yet to get to. He is a singularly great storyteller. Editor Picks from PCB007 Hailey Mckeefry

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