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Trends Shaping the Future of Electronics Manufacturing


Trends Shaping the Future of Electronics Manufacturing

The electronic manufacturing industry is one of the fastest-growing industries globally and has brought about changes in both businesses and personal life. It is estimated that the industry grew in revenue to about $2.4 trillion in the year 2020.

However, the growth is about to experience a new shift with the introduction of emerging and barrier-breaking trends that will shift the running of businesses, homesteads, and how electronic manufacturing is run. Although some trends and practices have been in the industry for years with emerging modern improvements and growth in the technology world, so has electronic manufacturing. Some of these trends take this industry to a new level.

Take a look at some future trends to watch out for in the electronic manufacturing industry and better understand how these trends manage to take top spots in shaping and directing the growth of the electronic industry.

Trends shaping the future of electronic manufacturing include:

1. Internet of Things

This is the connection of everyday devices through the internet, allowing easy sharing and receiving information through electronic devices. Internet of Things (IoT) has increasingly been embraced in electronic manufacturing with more companies, leveraging the benefits from IoT to increase device efficiency, improve consumer safety and cut costs.

2. Use of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)

By using virtual reality and augmented reality, manufacturers can design consumer-friendly products. Computer-aided designs have helped designers and manufacturers make accurate and timely changes to the products. Also, the use of VR and AR helps in designing and eliminates error and reduces inspection time as workers are better able to identify errors.

3. Use of 3-D Printing

A report by Smithers estimates an annual growth of 23% in the next decade in 3-D revenue. The report also shows the 3-D printing revenue growth is estimated to grow from $5.8 billion to about $55.8 billion by 2027.

The 3-D printing marketplace has a vast share around Western Europe and North America, where cutting-edge technology developers are pushing for increased mainstream use of 3D printing among technology companies.

Electronic manufacturing companies are capitalizing on their technological abilities and emerging trends. To ensure they remain competitive, it is important to work closely with equally fast emerging trends such as 3-D printing. 3-D printing developments are not only focused on the physical aspects but are also working on the design, the application, and the overall satisfaction of the end-user.

4. Big Data

Corporations worldwide have been exclusively using big data. Much of this was because it was expensive to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). However, advancements in IoT and other cutting-edge technologies have turned the tables. Now, businesses of all sizes can draw information from multiple sources. This has made big data more valuable than it was.

Consequently, electronic manufacturers are applying the information they receive from big data in various productive ways. For example, they apply it to minimize production costs while raising profit margins and market share. This is guided by the willingness of managers to gain more understanding of their businesses. This helps them to overcome various issues while projecting and preventing future challenges.

5. Use of Industrial Robotics

For years, the automotive industry was the leading driver in the growth of industrial robotics. However, this has changed, and industrial robotics have been used in electronic manufacturing to perform several tasks in recent years.

The widespread use of industrial robots in the electronic industries led to substantial growth in industrial robotics use in 2016, where global sales increased by about 16%. This number is estimated to grow over the years, leading to an increase in the global market.

The use of robots in electronic manufacturing has allowed miniaturization and reshoring. Moving forward in innovations, design, and the business running, manufacturers across the board are looking for ways to increase efficiency. The use of robots has proven an essential tool.

Besides future technological trends, manufacturing companies also need to look at some of the business trends that will influence the success and running of their business. Some of the future business trends to look out for include:

6. Use of ERP Systems

To keep a company competitive, companies need to enforce enterprise resource planning (ERP). Though this trend has been in use for some years, some worthy mention benefits of embracing this trend when looking to expand the electronic manufacturing industry include:

With the use of the internet in all operations, it is now more critical for a business to use real-time information; enterprise resource planning helps companies optimize and automate new information fast and in real-time.

Owing to fast access to real-time information, companies can act fast and make accurate and quick decisions. The enterprise resource planning has been through growth stages that have allowed its efficiency. However, with the growth of the electronic industry, the same is expected with the enterprise resources system with technological advancements working towards increasing reliability and ease in running the business.

7. Shift from B2B to B2B2C

For many years electronic manufacturing companies operated using the business-to-business (B2B) approach. But with more manufacturing companies looking for ways to cut costs. Companies are now turning to the business-to-business-to-consumer approach (B2B2C).

With the use of the B2B2C approach, companies are now working towards eliminating intermediaries, which helps them reach the clients directly; as a result, it increases company profits and, in turn, reduces purchase costs. Additionally, the B2B2C approach enables the manufacturers to collect accurate customer data, improving customer satisfaction.

Why these Trends

While these trends may seem like ordinary technological advancements, they have several things in common that make them unique. In a world full of innovations, new designs, and a desire to be effective, it is essential to have the following attributes in mind.

Working on cost reduction, most of the resources and trends making waves and promising success, reduces costs. Cost reduction will be beneficial to the manufacturing companies and cut the cost to the consumers.

Product efficiency, electronic devices are part of the world and the introduction and use of the internet across the globe. It is essential for manufacturing companies to not only provide functional products but increase efficiency. For instance, with the use of the internet, everything in electronic manufacturing, people can now have smart homes and have actual time footage on their homes or even offices. This is possible due to the electronic manufacturing innovations.

These trends have proven to help manufacturing companies achieve product precision, which improves quality and reduces costs and error.

Waste reduction, amid the technological innovations and significant electronic developments, is essential for companies to also focus on. This is not only a great way to cut company costs but is also an excellent way for these companies to preserve the environment.

Bottom Line

More people embracing electronic devices in their homes, places of work, and running businesses. Manufacturing companies have a massive task in ensuring consumer satisfaction by focusing on high-end innovation and working closely with other technology sectors to ensure they are competitive and efficient.


Linda Liu is the overseas marketing manager for MKTPCB, a leading PCB manufacturer that offers high-quality PCB products and services. Since 2012, she has established “first-of-its-kind” industry-changing and transformational businesses initiatives that increased revenue growth, brand exposure and market expansion for MKTPCB. Linda graduated from Western University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.


There are few phrases that give workers pause like “tech-driven manufacturing.” After all, with wild doomsday scenarios like robots taking all the jobs, it’s easy to see this emerging field as a bad thing. But tech-driven manufacturing is anything but bad—it’s actually quite positive—and not just for workers, but for businesses and consumers, too.

It may seem counterintuitive that increasing reliance upon technology is a good thing, but tech-driven manufacturing allows workers more freedom to focus on less monotonous and more important aspects of their jobs, making them more efficient. This in turn decreases costs to your business, which translates to savings for your end users: your customers.

If you’re ready to automate your manufacturing processes but aren’t sure where to start, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 states for tech manufacturing–states with a skilled workforce that’s already using automation to create products–right here in America.


If you search any top 10 list for manufacturing (tech-driven or otherwise), there are a few states that come up repeatedly. Ohio is consistently in top 10s, and often in top fives. That’s because this “rust belt” state has a long history of manufacturing and a skilled workforce to put its money where its mouth is. In fact, one-in-eight workers in the state of Ohio toils in manufacturing, making it the third-largest state for any kind of manufacturing in the United States. It is that reputation for excellence along with the state’s heavily pro-manufacturing business climate that has earned Ohio significant investment in the technology-driven manufacturing sector.


After losing upwards of a million jobs (including many in the manufacturing industry) between 2000 and 2013, there were some who considered Michigan down for the count. The state, which always had a predominately higher rate of manufacturing jobs than anywhere else in the country, suddenly had a higher unemployment rate than anywhere else in the country, too. But thanks to investments in technology and in workforce training, the state is quickly making a manufacturing comeback and is ready for the future. Despite its history with hands-on manufacturing, Michigan is working with local schools and training organizations such as Detroit-based Grand Circus to train new and already-skilled workers to run the technology-driven machines of the future. Married with a fast-growing tech sector, Michigan is on the brink of the tech driven manufacturing revolution.


The Lone Star State has the benefit of an unparalleled pro-business climate, including no corporate or personal income tax, and numerous tax exemptions including sales tax exemptions on manufacturing equipment. It also has the benefit of a highly skilled manufacturing workforce and a burgeoning supply of up-and-coming college students to staff the incoming technology-driven jobs of the future. Plus, thanks to its ample supply of natural resources like oil reserves and wind farms, Texas has the energy to power all kinds of manufacturing operations.


Already well-known as the tech center of the globe, California is becoming a powerhouse for technology-driven manufacturing, too. With companies such as Tesla and a newly booming manufacturing sector in the Oakland area, the state is set to become a leader in the tech driven manufacturing space. California’s only caveat to dominating this space is its comparatively high costs of living and doing business in the Golden State, but these costs may be easily overcome thanks to the highly skilled tech workforce already in place.

South Carolina

With more than 180 aerospace-related manufacturers and more than 250 automotive-related manufacturers in South Carolina, The Palmetto State is a natural choice for technology driven manufacturing operations. Home to the likes of Volvo, Bridgestone and BMW just to name a few, South Carolina boasts a workforce that is no stranger to technology or to hard work. Plus, with many education initiatives in place such as the Greenville Tech Foundation, South Carolina is working diligently to not only attract younger manufacturing workers but to bring longstanding workforce members up to speed.


Home to Boeing, GE and Hitachi, Florida is no stranger to technology-driven manufacturing. In fact, Florida is home to more than 19,000 factories that employ 331,000 manufacturing workers across the Sunshine State. In an effort to keep their workforce competitive, the state has developed workforce partnerships such as the Florida High Tech Corridor Talent Forum, which brings technology-driven business leaders together with educational institutes to ensure the students of today are learning the skills of tomorrow.


Already home to a booming auto industry, housing the likes of Hyundai, Mercedes Benz and Honda, Alabama includes as its top industries aerospace, food distribution, metals and many more diverse types of manufacturing. To keep workers competitive, the state developed programs such as Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) that provides workforce training services free of charge for both employers and trainees. The state is also home to the Alabama Technology Network (ATN), which is part of the Alabama Community College System. The ATN program works in conjunction with schools to ensure students are taught the most current and useful curriculum to make them competitive in the manufacturing marketplace.


With the 2012-launched Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI) and initiatives such as the Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing, the Peach State is pulling out all the stops to train its workforce in tech-driven manufacturing. Already home to Honeywell, Coca Cola and numerous other manufacturers, Georgia is hoping to revive the U.S. textile industry with the use of its own creation: smart “Sewbots” or robots that can sew a t-shirt in about 30 seconds and can fully automate clothing manufacturing to the levels of overseas competitors—but without the labor.


Home to the second largest automobile manufacturing economy in the United States, Indiana is the only state to have manufacturing plants for Subaru, Honda and Toyota within the same state. The auto industry employs more than 128,000 Hoosiers–and 93,000 of those jobs have been added since 2009. But it’s not all auto manufacturing. Indiana is also home to Bosch, Thyssenkrupp and Futaba just to name a few. In fact, Indiana is so manufacturing-heavy that one-in-five Indianans is already working in the advanced manufacturing industry.


Manufacturing is a $20 billion plus a year industry in the state of Utah, with more salaries paid to manufacturing workers than any other industry besides government. Experts credit the state’s low taxes and friendly business climate for making the state a haven for new and emerging businesses, but Utah to its credit also tries to keep workers current on the latest manufacturing technologies. Case in point: Salt Lake Community College recently opened the 121,000-square-foot Westpointe Workforce Training & Education Center to help support local manufacturers by training college students in advanced manufacturing before they ever set foot in the workforce.

With so many states ramping up their workforce training in advanced manufacturing, new and expanding businesses have their pick of sites to choose from, but these 10 are leading the pack with their workforces and pro-business atmospheres.