Earlier this month, we were excited to be live onsite at iMAPS 2021 in San Diego, just down the freeway from our manufacturing facility in Escondido. It was great to meet with and talk to attendees in person, chatting with folks in our booth and getting a chance to talk with them one-on-one. The conference was held in hybrid format to accommodate those who were unable to make the trip, and while that trend will likely continue, at least in the short term, having the opportunity to connect with customers and colleagues face-to-face again was truly invigorating!
The show organizers reported a total of 514 registered participants. About 275 attendees gathered in person to view industry experts presenting keynotes and technical sessions, most of which took place onsite, with some live-streamed. While overall traffic on the exposition floor was definitely lighter than we would have seen pre-pandemic, quality trumped quantity. The people that we talked to were decision makers for their companies, and several made the trip to our facility to take a tour and see how we’re satisfying customer demand. The positive response and discussions left us enthusiastic about what may result from these interactions.
A key aspect of the surge in business that we’ve experienced of late has been our ability to meet customer demand during the pandemic. Interruptions in the supply chain have created difficulties for many of those relying on offshore packaging and assembly firms. As a long-established U.S.-based provider of these capabilities, as well as wafer preparation and custom substrates, we have been able to quickly jump in and accommodate demand. These engagements have opened up new opportunities that will help propel us forward as we continue expand our technology offerings.