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May 2015 • The PCB Magazine 71 5 Schmoll Keeping an Eye on the Future—and on LDI in this interview, Thomas Kunz, who has been at the helm of schmoll Maschinen as president since 1993, discusses the company's lengthy history in mechanical engineering (more than 70 years), current global scope, and what he sees as a steady progression in directions that make the most sense to customers, which includes laser direct imaging. 6 Bernie Kessler: Pioneering Spirit Then and Now i-Connect007's Patty Goldman sat down with long time friend and iPC Hall of Famer Bernie Kessler at iPC aPex exPo 2015 in san Diego. among other things, the two discussed the early days of iPC and the origins of aPex exPo. 7 Manz: A Total Process Solution at the recent CPCa show in China, i-Connect007 Publisher Barry Matties had a chance to speak with alex liu, the deputy general manager of the PCB business unit for Manz. Manz has focused on cre- ating a process from direct imaging to wet pro- cessing. with more entrants into the direct imag- ing arena, liu feels that this approach gives Manz and their customers an advantage. 8 ESI's New Gemstone Changing the rules for Laser i-Connect007 Publisher Barry Matties sat down at CPCa 2015 with esi's Mike Jennings, who ex- plained the company's newest addition: Gem- stone, an esi-designed and manufactured laser system with 10,000 guaranteed hours, which is poised to change the rules in flex and other print- ed circuit processing. 9 Key PCB Makers Strategize to Meet Industry Demands The computer/peripheral application is expected to witness the highest growth followed by the communication applications. nippon Mektron, Zhen Ding Technology Holding limited, young Poong electronics Co. ltd., Unimicron Technol- ogy Corp., and samsung electro-Mechanics are among the major suppliers of PCBs. J N.A. PCB Book-to-Bill ratio Strengthens "although north american PCB sales continued slightly below last year's levels in February, book- ings strengthened," said sharon starr, iPC's direc- tor of market research. "This increased the book- to-bill ratio…it has been in positive territory for the past five months, which is a positive indicator for sales growth in the first half of 2015." For the latest PCB news and information, visit: PCB007.com May 2015 • The PCB Magazine 71

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