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NOTE’s plant in China has so far not had a case of Covid-19. Recently, however, it was established that an employee had been in contact with a Covid-positive relative. In line with local authorities’ protection restrictions, the plant will be put into quarantine, which will make production impossible at least until Friday 18 February. Mandatory PCR tests of all employees have been performed without remarks. NOTE continues to take the necessary protective measures in cooperation with local authorities.
In line with previous years and as a precautionary measure in connection with the Chinese New Year, which has recently ended, NOTE increased its stock of critical components to facilitate the start-up of production.
“In connection with our Q4 report, NOTE guided a continued very strong development with sales growth during the first quarter of this year of around 50%. Despite the new covid-related challenge in our China plant, we still believe that this is fully achievable,” says Johannes Lind-Widestam, CEO and President.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
No doubt you will relate to Foad Ghalili when he expresses his concerns about rising input costs to doing business, from getting the right components, to delivery times, and price increases. But what’s unique for the president of Epoch International is the way his company has leveraged its U.S. and China operations to make the most of the other thing on everyone’s mind—the labor shortage. If you’re not already implementing his ideas, you will walk away from this interview with some sure-fire tips.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
We interviewed two of this year’s IPC President’s Awards, Joe Kane of BAE Systems and Zhiman (Susann) Chen of Zhuzhou CRRC Times Electric Co., Ltd. The IPC President’s Award is given to IPC members who have exhibited ongoing leadership in IPC and have made significant contributions of their time and talent to the association and the electronics interconnect industry. The award is a personal honor to recognize the winners’ selfless dedication to the electronics industry in terms of their time, expertise, and leadership.
Barry Matties, I-Connect007
Guillaume Chauvet of ICAPE Group, vice president of sales-Americas East, discusses managing the supply chain through transportation issues, raw material shortages, and longer production times. He also details how he helps customers manage different suppliers and divergent technologies. "As we’ve grown, we have opened a big office and lab in China to control the quality of our Asian suppliers," said Chauvet. "Now we also have inspectors in the factory who just check the quality of the product directly out of the lines. We send the product to the lab to validate the sample before the customer receives the boards."