Updated: November 30th, 2020

The impacts of COVID-19 illustrate the risks involved in centering too much manufacturing, assembly, and intellectual property in one region. Yet the coming implementation of connected technologies, including automation, the Internet of Things, and 5G networks, depends on connectivity products that are currently made in China. Automation may be one way out.

The global electronics industry is deeply enmeshed in China. The COVID-19 pandemic, with its sociopolitical implications and supply chain disruptions, has underscored the inherent risks of centering s