Unemployment Rate Slightly Changed at 5.7% in January
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 257,000 in January, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 5.7%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in retail trade, construction, health care, financial activities, and manufacturing.
NOTE's 2014 Sales Up 6% Despite Weaker Sales in Q4
"In 2014, we advanced against the competition on a fairly stable European market. We regard our sales performance in Q4 as a temporary decrease, our strong order backlog at year-end indicates a positive volume performance in 2015," says NOTE President and CEO Peter Laveson.
Optomec Partners with Ceradrop MGI Group
“Ceradrop has both leading-edge technology and global expertise in printed electronics and smart 3D printing, which make it an ideal partner for Optomec,” said Mike Kardos, Director of International Sales at Optomec. “We are looking forward to working with Ceradrop to expand our European marketing network for Aerosol Jet.”
N.A. PCB Business Growth Flat in 2014
"PCB business in North America was virtually flat in 2014 compared to the previous year," said IPC's Sharon Starr. "Sales ended the year less than one percentage point below 2013, while orders finished the year just 0.6% above 2013. Strong orders in the fourth quarter have kept the book-to-bill ratio solidly in positive territory, which bodes well for sales growth in 2015."
Sanmina: Automation in Production Lines
With so much discussion about the increasing amount of automation in the world of electronics assembly Editor Richard Ayes asked Gelston Howell, senior VP at Sanmina, to provide perspective on the state of manufacturing automation. Howell discusses the current state of automated electronics assembly systems, the inherent risks and challenges, and the future of robotics in manufacturing.
NAMM 2014: A Report from Dan Feinberg
Columnist Dan Feinberg writes, "I keep two goals in mind when visiting NAMM, and one of them is, of course, looking to see how technology influences the music industry. After all, those of us who have spent our lives in the tech industry are always interested in looking back at where we've been and looking forward to where we're going."
Automotive Electronics Take Center Stage at CES 2014
One would normally expect the likes of Intel, Sharp, Samsung, and Huawei to take the spotlight at the world's largest consumer electronics show or perhaps some new company bringing a creative invention to the market, but it seems today the car was front and center, providing innovation, connectivity, and real solutions that offer real improvement to the user experience.