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54 PCB007 MAGAZINE I JANUARY 2021 to be passed on to customers. Additionally, in- land transportation costs are increasing as the number of available drivers and vehicles for moving containers from port has reduced as continental drivers return to mainland Europe ahead of the UK's December 31, 2020 depar- ture from the EU. Today more than ever, suppliers who own and control the complete supply chain of PCB materials including laminates and prepregs from end-to-end have a clear advantage. Main- taining carefully managed inventory in vari- ous locations worldwide gives the flexibility to adapt to these unforeseen events outside nor- mal control—such as pandemics or industrial accidents. Building a supply chain capable of handling the challenges we all encounter—those we can control and those we cannot—is ultimately de- pendent on the quality of dialog between sup- plier and customer. The more we can work to- gether and establish those close, strong, and enduring relationships to the benefit of all par- ties involved, the easier it will be to navigate these challenging times. PCB007 References 1. "Goldman says copper bull run 'fully underway,' sees potential for record high," CNBC, Dec. 2, 2020. Mark Goodwin is COO of EMEA and the Americas for Ventec International Group. "This technology can give us a global health check to let us know if the world is on target to meet its car- bon emissions targets. It also makes it clear who needs to act and what they have to do if the targets aren't be- ing met," said Parry. "It's a bit like trying to get someone to give up smoking. The person knows it's bad for them and they have good intentions and make promises, but they still fall short of what they need to do until they get a worrying wake-up call from a medical examination." Governments sign up to agreements but it's the behavior of organizations and individu- als that will deliver—or not— the required actions. This tech- nology will allow governments across the world, including our own, to deliver what was prom- ised. The technology will identi- fy anything bigger than about five meters across that is us- ing large amounts of energy, such as buildings, houses, air- craft, ships or trucks. (University of Cambridge) Dr. Ian Parry of Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy has been awarded funding for high-resolution thermal infra- red space telescopes for monitoring the energy efficien- cy of buildings. Thermal infrared (TIR) earth observation telescopes in low earth orbit can monitor the energy output of build- ings. Parry and his collaborators will build and devel- op a prototype for the continuous alignment required for a space telescope, as well as developing end-user cli- mate change cases for TIR telescope. New Research Will Use Space Telescopes to Monitor Buildings' Energy Efficiency

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