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September 2021, Volume 1

Manufacturing Data Reports

Manufacturing data reports from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) are released at the beginning of every month and can be accessed at ISM. The latest report says economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in August with the overall economy notching a 15th consecutive month of growth. Of the 18 manufacturing industries included in the report, the computer and electronic products sector was the strongest of the 15 industries reporting growth in August.


The chip industry will need to double its production capacity in the next eight to 10 years to address shortages and growing government concerns over supply chain security, according to Nikkei Asia, GlobalFoundries CEO Tom Caulfield. He pointed out that recently, geopolitics have made the industry aware of the importance of semiconductors, especially semiconductor manufacturing, to supply chain security, sovereignty security and economic security. Read more at SemiMedia.

Total North American EMS shipments in July 2021 were down 2.9 percent compared to the same month last year. Compared to the preceding month, July shipments fell 26.3 percent. According to Shawn DuBravac, IPC’s chief economist, “The electronics industry continues to be bogged down by supply chain disruptions, raw material lead times remain long and shortages are hindering production and delaying shipments.” Read more at EPSNews.

The Exponential Technology Group (XTG), a member of the TTI Family of Specialists, announced the acquisition of Paragon Innovations, a privately held engineering design services firm headquartered in Richardson, Texas. The company will continue to operate as Paragon Innovations and company founder Michael Wilkinson will remain in charge of the business as vice president and general manager reporting to XTG President, Michael Knight. Read more at THOMAS.


The 2021 ERA Virtual Sales Training is only two weeks away, Sept. 21 – 23, 2021. To view the latest program, session and speaker information, or to register, visit ERASalesTraining.

Reserve your ad space in the Fall issue of The Representor by Sept. 27 to feature your brand in front of 3,000+ rep, manufacturer and distributor readers. In addition to the print publication, your ad will run free for three months on the ERA website. You don’t have to be a member to advertise. Reserve your ad at Representor.

Registration is underway for the 2022 ERA Conference, scheduled Feb. 27-March 2 in Austin, Texas. Take advantage of the early bird rate and register to attend the electronics industry’s do-not-miss event. Sponsorship opportunities for the 2022 ERA Conference are also available.For more information, visit ERA Conference.

ERA announces that its Chapter Officers Leadership Training (COLT) program will return virtually this fall — Nov. 3-5, 2021. All ERA chapters are encouraged to participate in this hands-on instructional program focused on chapter management and planning tactics. For more information and to register, visit COLT2021. 


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