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news Top Ten PCB007 News Highlights This Month IPC: October PCB Sales, PCBs for LED Lighting: a Orders Up; Book-to-Bill Dips c The Times They Are a-Changing "Although both sales and order growth are trending up compared to last year, sales have outpaced orders in the past three months, causing the bookto-bill ratio to dip," said Sharon Starr, IPC's director of market research. "Year-on-year sales growth has been improving for the past six consecutive months and finally turned positive in October." Viasystems b class FactoryOpens World- in California Designed to consolidate the sprawl of 13 buildings that used to represent DDi's PCB business, the new factory is housed in an ex-MFLEX site and was constructed from scratch. This enables the company to service its very high-end customers, both military and commercial OEMs, who are looking for the latest in HDI, high-reliability PCBs for their products. 70 The PCB Magazine • January 2014 BPA forecast that the market for PCBs providing enhanced thermal and power management will reach over $3.2 billion by 2020. BPA discusses some of the research in their report "Metal in the Board—Opportunities for Printed Circuits Providing Thermal and Power Management 20122020." dWurth Elektronik: HDI Microvia PCBs Now Available The HDI specialist Würth Elektronik has set new standards in the PCB industry: HDI microvia PCBs are now available in its online shop, WEdirekt. With just a few clicks, your HDI PCB is calculated and the price is shown immediately online. Ordering prototypes is considerably simplified and faster.

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