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82 SMT007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2018 1 One World, One Industry: Electronics Industry Advocacy More Important than Ever E The future of the electron- ics manufacturing indus- try is shaped in many ways by government policies. This will be true like never before in 2018, as legislators and regulators the world over are eyeing policy decisions on issues such as technology research and development, taxes, workforce skills, and the environment. 2 A Not So Surprising Focus for Flex in the XR Realm E Dan Feinberg recently met with Eric Braddom, VP of Extended Reality (XR) Product Manage- ment for Flex, to discuss the future of augmented, mixed and/or virtual reality, or as Flex calls it, "extended reality." 3 IPC Releases IPC/PERM-2901, Pb-free Design and Assembly Implementation Guide E IPC/PERM-2901, Pb-free Design and Imple- mentation Guide, provides an in-depth review of printed board defects, manufacturing and soldering processes, supply chain control, selec- tion, use and assembly with commercial off-the- shelf products and obsolescence management. 4 9 Essentials of an Electronics Contract Manufacturer E Here are nine essentials to look for when hiring an electronics manufacturing service. Recent Highlights from

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