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Palomar Technologies / Headquarters: Carlsbad, Calif. / Specialty: Automated microelectronic and optoelectronic packaging systems Bruce Hueners, president and CEO: “Going forward, we are going to get even better at what we already do better than anyone else.” Precision and Reliability palomar leads the high-precision assembly industry with a dedication to quality, accuracy and customer satisfaction. by marta jiménez-lutter Palomar Technologies deals with quality, accuracy and precision, every time, all the time. The company – which provides solutions to organizations in industries such as telecommunications, medical devices and automotive sensors – does not allow a margin for error, low-quality products or inconsistency. As a former subsidiary product line within the Industrial Products Division of Hughes Aircraft, the company is the global leader of automated high-precision assembly systems with 30 years of experience. Palomar Technologies is a premier provider of high-reliability solutions for complex electronic assembly applications, or as Bruce Hueners, president and CEO, explains it, “We make machines that make computers. “We make machines that attach microchips, and connect wires to microchips with extremely high reliability,” Hueners explains. “We connect the power intelligence on the microchip to the outside world. And, we do it more precisely, and with higher productivity than anyone else.” The company is a global provider of highly customized, advanced packaging systems and high-accuracy bond and die attach services. “Palomar Technologies is also one of the few companies that did not move primary manufacturing to Asia,” Hueners says. palomar technologies provides high-precision automated assembly systems for electronics. On Shore Manufacturing In the last two years Palomar has seen a return of manufacturing to the United States, according to Donald Beck, general manager for assembly services at Palomar Technologies. “We are seeing a resurgence of onshore manufacturing,” Beck explains. 154 WINTER 2012 “We have many new customers that had accounts that were being managed in offshore places, such as China, and now they’re coming back.” There are several reasons behind the return of business to the United States. “Many of the customers that went offshore are finding that China is becoming more expensive,” Beck explains. “There are a lot of hidden costs in doing business offshore. It is harder to get to your products and in some cases, they are losing their patents. They don’t have the protection the would have if they did their work on shore. “When you add high accuracy [of U.S. manufactured products] into that equation, it makes it easier for the customer to make the choice [to come onshore].” The company has direct sales and service in 25 countries, with two wholly owned subsidiaries: one in Europe and the other in Asia. “Seventy percent of everything that we design and manufacture in the U.S. is exported,” Hueners explains. The Business of Accuracy One of Palomar Technologies’ biggest assets has been its ability to achieve

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