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36 The PCB Design Magazine • December 2014 PCB007 News Highlights MFLEX Rebounds in Q4, Expects Sustained Growth "We had a strong fiscal fourth quarter with net sales results at the high end of our guidance range, gross margin exceeding our guidance range, and a return to profitability, an important milestone for the company. our net sales increased 32 percent sequentially, driven by new programs that ramped across our customer base," says reza Meshgin, Ceo. AT&S Reports Improved Profitability in 1H of 2014/15 In the first six months of the financial year 2014/15 (april 1–september 30, 2014) leading PCB manu- facturer aT&s generated revenue of eur 302.1 million, which was in line with the high level of revenue reported for the same period last year (H1 2013/14: eur 299.9 million). Continental Named PACE Award Finalists for BD-HDI PCB Continental, a leading international automotive supplier, has three product innovations advancing as finalists in the 2015 automotive news Premier automotive suppliers Contribution to excellence (PaCe) award program. SCHWEIZER Posts Strong 3Q14 Results "our business results after the first nine months of this fiscal year are really satisfying and come up to our expectations. In the third quarter, successes in our portfolio management already had an impor- tant influence on the improved results compared to the second quarter," says Dr. M. schweizer, Ceo schweizer electronic ag. Aspocomp Reports Positive 2014 Amid Q3 Sales Drop Deliveries slowed down significantly in July–sep- tember, and third-quarter net sales amounted to eur 4.9 million, a year-on-year decrease of eur 0.3 million. sales decreased mainly because tele- communication customers had placed over-large orders at the beginning of the year. Viasystems' Faces Challenging Third Quarter "regarding viasystems' operating activities in the third quarter, we had to overcome several chal- lenges, including a temporary work stoppage by employees in our largest factory in China, a sud- den downturn of demand for products assembled in our Juarez, Mexico factory, and a temporary dis- ruption in the supply chain for certain raw mate- rials used to produce our printed circuit boards," says David M. sindelar, Ceo. Dragon Circuits' Drone Division Experiments with Deliveries The company announces the successful comple- tion of 14 autonomous and semi-autonomous de- livery test runs with payloads ranging from a few ounces to a few pounds. With the recent interest in drone-based delivery by internet giants like ama- zon and google, Dragon Circuits looks to capitalize on a forthcoming demand with the expansion of their drone department. TTM Reports Sequential Increase in Q3 Revenue net sales for the third quarter of 2014 were $345.3 million compared to $297.6 million in the second quarter of 2014 and $338.7 million in the third quarter of 2013. Q3 PCB/EMS Market Snapshot I-Connect007's latest market survey—a one-min- ute survey designed to provide a snapshot of the current state of the PCB and eMs industries—offers a good sampling to give us a snapshot of where we've been and where we're headed. IPC: N.A. September PCB Orders Strengthened "The north american PCB industry's solid sales and order growth over the previous month re- flects normal seasonal patterns," said sharon starr, IPC's director of market research. "Despite strong order growth in september, orders continued to lag shipments by a small margin, pushing the PCB book-to-bill ratio just below parity." 36 The PCB Design Magazine • December 2014

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