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42 The PCB Design Magazine • February 2015 PCB007 News Highlights solid profitability during the December quarter. Strong demand, including continued contribu- tion from our group of eight newer customers, supported an anticipated 21 percent sequential increase in net sales." TTM Receives Foreign Approvals to Acquire Viasystems TTM Technologies Inc. has received the approv- als of the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, the Federal Cartel Office of Germany, and the Estonian Competition Author- ity to proceed with the acquisition of Viasystems Group, Inc. Saturn Electronics Opens Doors for PCB Tours Saturn Electronics is opening its doors to custom- ers this January as part of its "Open House" initia- tive, where PCB experts from the company will be on hand to answer any questions regarding the fabrication process of the PCB and Saturn Electron- ics' capabilities at its Romulus, Michigan facility. IPC: N.A. PCB Order Growth Bolsters Book-to-Bill Ratio "Although PCB sales in North American contin- ued below last year's level in November, orders again came in above last year," said Sharon Starr, IPC's director of market research. "Strong orders in the fourth quarter have driven the book-to-bill ratio into positive territory, which offers hope that year-on-year PCB sales growth will turn positive in 2015." IPC Establishes Local Presence in Korea The Standards Committee of IPC Korea will help members to develop and revise global stan- dards, educate and train workers, provide tech- nology consultation, hold technology develop- ment forums, standardize electronics terminolo- gies in Korean, and hold networking events. This will help establish a collaborative relationship among the government, electronics industry, and academia. Advanced Boards Drive Demand for AOI Equipment Currently, AOI is chiefly applied to PCB and TFT- LCD industries. However, for China, the penetra- tion of AOI in the two industries is still rather low, with only 20 to 30% of production lines in the PCB industry equipped with AOI. Cicor Improves Financial Flexibility with New Financing The arranged credit facility with a consortium of banks, led by Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, has a duration of three years, with two extension options of one additional year each, therefore run- ning for a maximum term of five years. HKPCA & IPC Show Sets New Attendance Records This year's show again broke all previous records for participation, making it not just the largest ever in the 13-year history of the event, but the larg- est trade show in the entire world for the PCB and electronic assembly industry. Omni Circuit Boards Signs R&D Agreement with D-Wave Omni Circuit Boards Ltd. announced today the signing of a research and development agreement with D-Wave Systems Inc., the first commercial quantum computing company, in support of the further advancement of aluminum trace printed circuit boards (Al-PCB) for quantum computing applications. AT&S Offers Embedded Power Electronics Due to constant technology development and strong partnerships, AT&S has achieved outstand- ing results in the field of power electronics. This solution provides a significant increase in efficiency and performance for industrial and automotive ap- plications. MFLEX Concludes Solid Q4 Financial Results Reza Meshgin, Chief Executive Officer of MFLEX, commented, "We generated another quarter of 42 The PCB Design Magazine • February 2015

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