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100 SMT007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2022 During this conversation, Business Devel- opment Manager Mark Laing of Siemens Digital Industries Soft- ware and Editor Nolan Johnson discuss the latest in EMS quoting and a variety of challenges in the supply chain. They also discuss the quality and accuracy of BOM data supplied to EMS companies. It's a brand-new year; things are going to be different. We have now settled into the COVID life. But the good news is that we have learned how to do things effectively during these especially challenging times. Some of us have increased our marketing, others have found differ- ent ways to communicate with our customers, and many of us, much to our surprise, have found that our top numbers have been actually increasing in the past two years. The Government Circuit: Ready to Tackle 2022 As anticipated, it was a busy close to 2021 in Washington, and we saw resolutions on several major legislative priorities, including the annual defense authorization bill, which affects billions in future defense electronics spending. Meanwhile, negotiations on the U.S. Innovation and Competitive- ness Act (USICA) remain on the back burner but could heat up in Q1. Read on for some of the recent highlights from 2021 and a look forward to 2022. Real Time with... IPC APEX EXPO 2022: Quoting, the Supply Chain, and BOMs Real Time with... IPC APEX EXPO: Advocacy in Washington Editor Nolan Johnson sits down for an interview with Chris Mitchell, Vice President of Global Government Relations at IPC. They discuss the industry's advocacy in Washington to educate Congress on our key issues, as well as the growth in global advocacy by IPC. Chris Mitchell Standard of Excellence: Partnerships Made Us Stronger TOP TEN EDITOR'S PICKS

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