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24 The PCB Design Magazine • March 2014 PCB007 News Highlights IPC APEX EXPO 2014 Proves Leadership; Space Sold Out To visitors, the sold-out status means that the show floor will be busy and informative, with more than 425 exhibitors introducing new product technolo- gies, innovations and demonstrations of the indus- try's newest advancements, many of which will also be highlighted in the dedicated new Product Corridor on the show floor. MFLEX Doubles Sales to New Customers reza Meshgin, Ceo, commented, "net sales to our newer customers more than doubled sequen- tially, and are expected to represent approximately 23% of total net sales. looking ahead to the fiscal second quarter, we expect a significant sequential decline in net sales that we anticipate could ap- proach 40%." Dragon Circuits Intros Pure Gold LPC for Medical Circuits Texas-based circuit board manufacturer, Dragon Circuits (DCi) has announced immediate availabil- ity of their Pure Gold lCP, 100% pure gold traces plated on liquid crystal polymer (lCP) without the use of copper-base metals. TTM Reports Strong Q4 and Fy 2013 Results "We delivered strong results for the fourth quarter as seasonal revenue growth combined with solid execution resulted in increases in gross margins and operating profit," said Tom edman, Ceo. "strong demand for our advanced hDi and rig- id-flex PCBs drove our product mix shift toward advanced technology PCBs and brought our Asia Pacific factory utilization rates above 90%." Global Flexible PCB Market to Reach $12.686B in 2015 The FPCB market was valued at $11.321 billion in 2013, up by 9.4% year-on-year. in 2013, the most significant change in the industry was in the slumping profit margins of veterans and the soar- ing profit margins of new entrants. Market veter- ans lagged behind new entrants in equipment and technical r&D strength, according to market ana- lyst research in China. American Standard Circuits Earns "Manufacturer of the year" u.s.-based circuit board manufacturer American standard Circuits (AsC) has been awarded "2013 Manufacturer of the Year" by the Alliance for illinois Manufacturing. The award is intended to showcase a company that serves as a testimonial to the Alli- ance's integrated business delivery model. Viasystems Reports 10.9% On-year Sales Growth "We finished the year with some positive momen- tum that sets us up to continue to make progress on our cost structure in 2014, but in many ways i am glad that 2013 is behind us," said David M. sindelar, Ceo. "During the past year, we have worked through a number of challenges, including factory relocations, recovery from a fire in one of our largest factories, and new project launches, not to mention the economic pressures from reduced government spending." Invotec Wins Formal ESA Approval The company is delighted to announce it has been formally awarded esA approva—the first PCB sup- plier to achieve such approval in many years. in- votec already has a rich space heritage, manufac- turing hDi and hDi flex-rigid boards for a variety of esA and non-esA space programmes to oeM specifications which, in many cases, go beyond current esA approvals. IPC: North American PCB Sales Continue Slow Recovery "north American PCB sales in December contin- ued their slow recovery, while orders have been volatile," said sharon starr, iPC's director of market research. "in the current cycle, the book-to-bill ra- tio appears to have hit its low point in november and is now beginning to climb again." Chinese PCB Firm DPMC Refutes Bankruptcy Rumors China-based printed circuit board manufacturer Dalian Pacific Multilayer PCB Co. ltd (DPMC) has denied rumors that the company is going bank- rupt. 24 The PCB Design Magazine • March 2014

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