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72 The PCB Magazine • February 2014 a IPC: PCB Sales Improving Despite weaker Orders "while sales continued to strengthen in the north american Pcb industry compared to last year, or- ders declined," said Sharon Starr, iPc's director of market research. "this disparity between sales and order growth pushed the book-to-bill ratio to its lowest point since march 2009," she added, "indicating a slow and possibly bumpy recovery going into 2014." b Spirit Circuits Acquires Lyncolec after six months of negotiation, innovative Pcb manufacturer Spirit circuits is pleased to an- nounce the acquisition of Poole, uK-based Pcb manufacturer lyncolec. the company is well- known for supplying rigid, flex, and hybrid mul- tilayer Pcbs. c IPC Redefines Microvias, Again in 2013, iPc changed its definition of a microvia. before then, a microvia was defined as any printed board with holes that have a diameter of equal to or less than 0.15 mm [0.006 in]. over time, that size became common, while more challenging ge- ometries emerged to alter the definition of micro- via structures. d IPC's 2013: A year in Review within the printed board fabrication arena, iPc released updates to two of its most popular flex- ible circuit standards: iPc-6013c, Qualification and Performance Specification for Flexible Printed boards, and iPc-4203a, cover bonding material for Flexible Printed circuitry. Top Ten PCB007 News Highlights This Month 72 The PCB Magazine • February 2014 n e w S

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