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80 SMT007 MAGAZINE I MAY 2018 1 One World, One Industry: Skilled Talent—Can We Meet Rising Demand? E According to a study by the Manufacturing Institute, over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs are expected to become available in the United States—but more than 2 million of those jobs will remain unfilled due to a lack of available skilled talent. 2 IPC APEX EXPO Takeaways E The IPC Connected Factory Exchange (CFX) live demo at this year's IPC APEX EXPO show in San Diego, Califor- nia highlighted how the CFX standard will enable manu- facturers to track their efficiencies better, prevent issues even before they happen, and make adjustments wherever needed. 3 The Direction of Autonomous Driving E Eric Hoarau, senior director managing automotive inno- vation at Flex, discusses his company's views on where autonomous driving tech- nology is heading in the next 10–15 years. 4 How to Prepare for a Smooth Pst-M&A Deal Transition E Selling a company is an exciting process, as well as time- consuming, stress- ful, and complex. Both sellers and buyers are some- times so caught up in the deal that they forget to properly plan the post-deal integration. Recent Highlights from

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