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During their recent summer conference, the European Institute of Printed Circuits (EIPC) presented Rex Rozario with its distinguished Honourary Fellowship of the Institute Creditation for his contributions to the world electronics interconnection industry. Then at the Devon County Show, Rozario received the Pride of Devon Award for his contributions to Devon businesses and local radio.
Life moves on for Rex Rozario OBE, ever since he restructured Graphic Plc (UK), Graphic Inc., USA and the Chinese joint venture DSG shared with Italian partner Somacis, who also had two plants in Italy and one in the USA. Graphic and Somacis combined all theirfacilities into four individual operations: Graphic Plc. in the UK, DSG in China, Somacis USA, and Somacis Spa Italy. They are all held within a 100% controlling company, Fine PCB SpA, headquartered in Milan, and incorporating Investment Financiers Quadrivio of Italy. Rozario is a director and prominent shareholder of Fine PCB SpA.
Away from the world of electronics, Rozario also owns a long-established popular Restaurant Rendezvous in Southernhay, Exeter, which was named Best Restaurant in Exeter in the last eight weeks. The award was presented by The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Manor Magazine, and Exeter Living. He is also a director and shareholder of the New Michael Caines hotel complex Lympstone Manor, and is the joint owner and chairman of Radio Exe, which is now independent of the National Giants and now on DAB and FM and just bidding for the Breeze License in Torbay, presently operated by Celador. In addition, Rozario was a founder director of Mayflower Marina, which received the National Best Marina for the last three consecutive years, and he is still involved in the Directors Remuneration Committee.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
It’s always interesting how certain groups of news emerge in our most-read content. This week, reader interest seemed focused on two distinct themes: Mexico and awards. In this week’s list, we find the inaugural award recipients from iNEMI’s Project Leadership Awards. We also bring you the award recipients from the SEMI FlexTech conference held last week in San Francisco. News from Mexico includes a new Atotech facility, and an interview with IPC’s David Hernandez and Lorena Villanueva about IPC’s expanding presence in Mexico. Metcal’s new hot air rework system also got a lot of attention, with an abundance of reader interest.
Dan Beaulieu, D.B. Management Group
In the business world, salespeople arguably were the most affected by the pandemic. These professionals had to be the most creative when trying to ply their trade. They had to work from home, make phone calls in lieu of face to face, and learn how to use social media networks and newsletters. This was all to reach their customers—who also were working from home. Even when they got vaccinated and managed to hit the road, they often found that their customers’ doors were closed and they were not allowed inside, if their particular contact was there at all. Many times, they had to resort to meeting their customers in parking lots or restaurants with outdoor dining. And guess what? It’s not even over yet. So, how does a salesperson create success when so much seems to have changed? I reached out to Lee Salazar of Prototron to learn how he met the challenges, and his tips for others who are moving forward.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
There’s been a lot of talk among PCB manufacturers about the need to upskill their workforce. But where do you start—do you set up your own program or send staff to third-party training centers? We asked David Hernandez, IPC vice president of education, to weigh in on this topic, and the criteria that goes into creating IPC training programs. In addition to upskilling strategies, David also delves into the need for our industry to develop a labor pipeline, as well as the challenges we face in hiring, training, and retaining employees in this industry during a tight labor market.