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review productronica 2013 by Pete Starkey I-Connect007 Technical Editor Four November days in Munich—the 20th productronica. More than just an exhibition: an international trade fair for innovative electronics manufacturing. In all, 1,220 companies from 39 countries exhibited their equipment, materials, processes and services to 38,000 visitors from 83 countries. 52 The PCB Magazine • January 2014 I haven't missed productronica many times over the last 30 years; I've always seen it as the one event that represents the whole electronics supply chain and offers a glimpse into the future of the industry. It hit an alltime low in 2009, and I recall John Ling's wistful analogy of visiting a much-loved but ailing elderly relative in hospital, and fearing the worst. Two years later, the elderly relative was showing signs of improvement and this year appeared to be recovering to a state

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