Less than 20 years ago, in 2000, the printed circuit board industry in the United States stood at $12 billion, with more than 1,100 manufacturers nationwide. Today the industry stands at only $3 billion and has fewer than 250 manufacturers in the U.S. You may wonder what happened. But the bigger question is, with fewer and fewer suppliers to choose from, who do you work with?
A good starting point for deciding who to entrust with your business is a company’s reputation. How do you learn the truth about a manufacturer? You could garner an opinion from a supplier or perhaps a friendly competitor. Better than getting someone else’s subjective opinion, however, you could research the facts for yourself. Before you put your faith in a company, look into its track record.
APCT’s President/CEO, Steve Robinson, brings over 48 years of experience in the printed circuit board industry. He has led small independent companies, as well as ascended to the VP of global operations of the biggest publicly held company in the industry. Since buying APCT in 2008, Steve has surrounded himself with a management team that averages 40 years in the business! Read about our team and see how their experience stacks up.
APCT’s business model includes a wide range of customers, not just Tier 1 accounts. We hold the philosophy that “you never know.” We treat every customer with equal respect, care, and attention, regardless of the size of the account, because you never know what that start-up will become. Ask any of the 400+ active customers of APCT for a reference.
To be a true partner, to be trustworthy, a company must be able to meet the needs of its customers. Just take a look at our website and you’ll see that APCT can support the most advanced technology. We support rigid work, through-hole, and HDI. We support flex and rigid-flex work and bookbinder technology. We support the defense and aerospace industry, with complete certifications that allow us to do business with Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Kaman. Check with our customers about our capabilities.
The employees of APCT are the differentiators. Companies may have the same equipment and capabilities, but it’s the people who set a company apart. Our employees are the ones who create the systems that enable us to produce a highly reliable product on time. For us at APCT, it’s not just business; it’s personal. Follow our staff members on social media. See what they think of our work culture and environment.
A solid reputation is a tremendous start to giving credence to a company. Investigating upper management and their experience builds trust. Longevity in the industry builds trust. Factual evidence from objective third parties builds trust. Understanding the culture and environment of the workplace builds trust. Yet, in the end, you have to decide to take a chance with a company and place the order. At APCT, we welcome the opportunity to stand behind our excellent reputation, to execute at the highest of levels, and, in turn, earn your trust.