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JANUARY 2020 I PCB007 MAGAZINE 93 5 Trouble in Your Tank: Changes and Concerns Regarding HDI Technology E One does not have to look too far back to point out some sig- nificant changes that have tak- en place in our industry over the past few years, including processes, materials, equip- ment, and board designs. Mike Carano ex- plores what's driving these changes, what the supply chain needs going forward, and the im- pact on PCB fabricators with a focus on ever- increasing trends toward HDI. 6 Ladle on Manufacturing: Sharing an Idea for Christmas E In the spirit of giving for the tra- ditional holiday season, Marc Ladle gifts us all with a long- pondered question and an idea: What if prepreg resins were used as a resist material? 7 Samsung Electro-Mechanics to Shut Down HDI Unit in China E Samsung Electro-Mechanics' decision to shut down its HDI operations in China doesn't look doomy and gloomy. The overall demand for HDI PCBs may have slowed down because of the advancements brought forth by SLP, and Samsung Electro-Mechanics is one of the companies that are able to manufacture SLP boards. In other words—and while this wasn't officially confirmed—the company might feel like it needs to focus less on HDI and more on other, more modern solutions. 8 Register Now for the EIPC Winter Conference February 13–14 E Attending an EIPC Conference in the middle of winter is becoming a tradi- tion. Participants will learn how to meet and adapt to the changing needs of Europe and the global electronics market, and industry experts will explain the changes in the world-wide PCB supply chain for technologies, materials, and surface coatings of PCBs. 9 Atotech Announces Confidential Submission of Draft Registration Statement for Proposed IPO E The Atotech Group recently an- nounced that Atotech Limited, an entity that will be its indirect parent, has confidentially sub- mitted a draft registration state- ment on Form F-1 with the Securi- ties and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to the proposed initial public offering of its common shares. J Elmatica Further Expands Technology Department With New Hire E Printed circuit broker Elmatica announced a further expansion of their technology department with the hiring of Joseph Mil- som in the position of IT devel- oper. Elmatica has a dedicated focus on developing the best IT solutions for securing their customers' articles and data. For the Latest PCB News and Information, Visit: PCB007.com Joseph Milsom Mike Carano Marc Ladle

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