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FEBRUARY 2021 I PCB007 MAGAZINE 113 8 What's Driving Price Increases for CCL and Prepreg? E Demand for copper foil is increasing from both PCB and battery production for e-mobility, lead- ing to an upward price pressure for copper foils as post-lockdown, pent-up demand starts to ex- ceed capacity. Lead times are stretching and pric- es increasing, particularly for heavy copper foils (2 oz./70 micron and above) as capacity is repur- posed to maximize square-meter output for light- weight foils to increase capacity for lithium battery production. 9 IPC Praises U.S. Government Actions to Bolster Security and Resiliency of Defense Electronics Supply Chain E e following is a statement by Chris Mitchell, vice president of global government relations at IPC, the global electronics man- ufacturing association, on recent actions by the U.S. government to bolster the security and resiliency of the U.S. de- fense electronics supply chain. J DPO&Co Partners with Charles Anderson to Acquire Circuits West E Daniel P. O'Reilly & Company (DPO&Co), a Chicago-based Strategy and Operations con- sulting firm, has partnered with Charles Anderson to ac- quire Circuits West, Inc. Cir- cuits West is a designer and manufacturer of print- ed circuit boards, with more than 30 years of expe- rience, headquartered in Longmont, Colo. 5 Your Greatest Competition is Yourself E It really doesn't matter who you think your exter- nal competitors are, because the only competitor that really matters is you. Of course, you will look externally to stay on top of latest trends, but when it comes to competition, just competing with yourself is a win. When you look at yourself as your greatest competitor, you will start with a huge ad- vantage: you already have great intel on how "your competition" thinks. Ask yourself, "What can I do to displace my 'competitor' and create something much better?" 6 IPC CEO and President John Mitchell Discusses New Membership and Dues Structure E In this video, IPC CEO and Pres- ident Dr. John Mitchell discuss- es the organization's move from a site-based and enterprise mem- bership dues structure to a com- pany revenue-based model. Mitchell explains that this change will go into ef- fect upon each member company's renewal in 2021, and he points out that many of the existing member discounts will remain unchanged. 7 Aismalibar, American Standard Circuits Confirm IST Thermal Testing of HTC 3.2w High Tg Multilayer Thermal Conductive Material E Aismalibar and American Standard Circuits con- firm successful IST thermal testing of HTC 3.2w High Tg Multilayer ermal Conductive Material. For the Latest PCB News and Information, Visit: PCB007.com John Mitchell Chris Mitchell

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