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30 The PCB Design Magazine • March 2015 PCB007 News Highlights Exception PCB Names Martin Managing Director Frederick Martin has been appointed as man- aging director for Exception PCB Solutions and brings a wealth of experience. Frederick will join Clive Wall and Rob Buswell in the Senior Man- agement Team. The senior management are a highly experienced and results driven team that has the proven capability to implement Fast- prints' European strategy and leverage the busi- ness's undoubted potential. 2015 EIPC Winter Conference, Munich: Day 1 Review Ninety delegates, eleven countries represented and a thought-provoking two-day programme on themes of reliability in PCB fabrication and assembly, copper cleaning and advanced material solutions, advanced imaging and soldermask, and how to make PCBs smart and ready for Industry 4.0. Add the further at - tractions of a keynote by Walt Custer and the chance to visit a military aircraft assembly plant: the formula for another highly successful EIPC Conference—this time close to Munich Airport. Schweizer Electronic Concludes FY2014 with Sales Growth Dr. Maren Schweizer, CEO of Schweizer Electronic AG comments: "We proceeded very well in 2014 on operational as well as strategic levels. We increased turnover and earnings, and our order book is well stocked. Thanks to the continuously high demand our order backlog increased again in 2014, amount - ing to 119.2 million euro against 114.2 million euro the year before. PCi Upgrades Imaging Department with New Equipment Rigid-flex circuit board manufacturer, Printed Cir- cuits Inc. has recently installed a Maskless Lithogra- phy printer and an Orbotech Paragon 9800 laser- direct imager at their facility based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. DSG Invests in the Future Mauro Dallora, COO of Dongguan Somacis Graphic PCB Co. Ltd (DSG), shares how they have increased revenue and their plans to double it. California Congressman Mike Honda Discusses American Manufacturing Barry Matties, publisher of I-Connect007, sat down with Congressman Honda, who represents Dis- trict 17 in the Silicon Valley, to talk about Ameri- can manufacturing, infrastructure, education and some of the current thinking in America. According to Honda, "The policies we pass and the things we do in D.C. that negatively impact our economy...a lot of those guys who don't support some of the positive things we want to see happen don't really understand that it impacts their districts, their social services, health and business." MacDermid's Cullen Reflects on 20 Years in China Recently, while in Shenzhen, China, Barry Matties had the chance to catch up with Don Cullen, the global marketing director at MacDermid Electronics Solutions. They sat down to discuss the many chang - es he's seen in China since his first visit there nearly 20 years ago, and the country's future. Viasystems Reports Solid Q4 2014 Results ‟The settlement of our business interruption insur- ance claim certainly helped our reported profit for the period," noted David M. Sindelar, chief execu- tive officer of Viasystems, "but even without that fa- vorable impact, we had a solid quarter, growing net sales both sequentially and year-over-year." N.A. PCB Business Growth Flat in 2014 "PCB business in North America was virtually flat in 2014 compared to the previous year," said IPC's Sharon Starr. "Sales ended the year less than one percentage point below 2013, while orders finished the year just 0.6% above 2013. Strong orders in the fourth quarter have kept the book-to-bill ratio sol - idly in positive territory, which bodes well for sales growth in 2015." China Outlook: An Interview with Hamed El- Abd, Lionel Fullwood, and Gene Weiner of WKK Barry Matties spoke with WKK's Hamed El-Abd, Lio - nel Fullwood, and Gene Weiner on their outlook on PCB manufacturing in China, as well as on what it takes to stay competitive in this market. 30 The PCB Design Magazine • March 2015

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