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102 PCB007 MAGAZINE I AUGUST 2023 The M&A market for North American PCB and EMS companies was quite active in the first half of 2023. In the PCB sector, our records show seven deals were completed in the first six months of 2023, com- pared to only five in all of 2022. In addition, two deals have been announced in July. APCT, a custom manufacturer of advanced technology printed circuit boards, has completed the acquisition of San Diego PCB Design. APCT, headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is a portfolio company of Industrial Growth Partners. In the early 1990s, I was working for EMD Associates, an EMS company (now a Benchmark Electronics operation in Winona, Minnesota), when I became familiar with Dr. W. Edwards Deming. EMD was an early entrant into the SMT provider world, and we were very focused on quality. Deming was one of several experts that we used as a guide for our company. The Doctor's In: Beyond the Horizon— Exploring the Digital Future of Health In today's fast-paced world, where technology has infiltrated almost every aspect of our lives, it is no surprise that the healthcare industry is undergoing a digital revolution. The convergence of health and technology has given rise to an era of digital health, reimagining how we approach patient care, monitoring, and even medical training. APCT Acquires San Diego PCB Design Punching Out: 2023 Mid-Year North American PCB and EMS M&A Update Recollections on Deming TOP TEN EDITOR'S PICKS Tom Kastner Steve Robinson

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