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68 SMT007 MAGAZINE I JUNE 2022 I've been saying for months that decisions made in 2022 will be critical to the future of electronics manufacturing for years to come. After years of government policy neglect, we have unprecedented opportunities to make things bet- ter and position the industry for long-term success. The electronics manufacturing industry is welcoming a new, bipartisan proposal in the U.S. Congress that would help bring back the country's printed circuit board sector. Nolan Johnson and Barry Matties talk with Axiom's Rob Rowland and Kevin Bennett about the current high-density challenges facing EMS manufacturing. In this interview, Bennett and Rowland zero in on component packaging and feeder technology as critical areas in need of improvement. The Government Circuit: A Robust U.S. Electronics Industry Is in Everyone's Interest Electronics Industry Welcomes Bipartisan Congressional Proposal to Boost U.S. PCB Sector Big Data Can Bring Your Business Back Let's face it, in the past, electronics manufacturing has not been a big business for North America. A majority of electronics are assembled in Asia where supply chains and operating costs offer many economic advantages. In North America, the elec- tronics manufacturing industry has been generally focused on lower volume, high-cost devices, while higher volume products are produced elsewhere. Exploring High Density With Axiom TOP TEN EDITOR'S PICKS

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