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44 PCB007 MAGAZINE I AUGUST 2022 Feature Interview by Andy Shaughnessy I-CONNECT007 Aer the initial impact of the global pandemic led to a somewhat flat 2020, Carey Burkett, vice president of Flexible Circuit Technologies, explains how the company's growth took off in 2021, positioning it well for industry trends that continue to show great promise in medical, automotive, consumer, and more. In this inter- view, Carey breaks down the reasons behind the company's recent success and how R&D, and a new Zhuhai facility in Guangdong, China have positioned them for continued growth. Andy Shaughnessy: Carey, will you talk about the environment that you're seeing? Carey Burkett: It's an interesting time in this industry. To a large degree, whether it's FCT: Powerful Growth in the Flex Segment COVID, increased costs, global instability, and all the turmoil around us, many industries and businesses can be quite impacted. Yet we're fortunate, given that the need for electronic solutions just keeps growing across almost every industry. We've been in a good position because we specialize in specialty intercon- nects, particularly flex, flexible circuits, rigid- flex, and flexible heaters, where there are grow- ing needs given continued industry trends. Beyond growing needs for our products, customers continue to want more. We do EMS assembly all the way to product module and complete product box builds. Customers are oen narrowing their supply chain, as they seek to identify suppliers that can do more, so we continue to grow in all aspects of our busi-

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