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56 The PCB Magazine • January 2016 Navigating the Global Materials Supply Chain: A Roundtable Discussion At SMTAI recently, I-Connect007's Andy Shaugh- nessy sat down for a roundtable discussion with some key players from the materials side of the supply chain. Participants included two execu- tives from Ventec: Mark Goodwin, COO USA and Europe for Ventec International Group; and Jack Pattie, president of Ventec USA. Also participat- ing in the roundtable were Schoeller Electronics CEO Michael Keuthen and Bob Willis, from the National Physics Laboratory (NPL). MacDermid's Research Team Talks New Cyanide-free Immersion Gold at SMTAI While at SMTAI in Chicago recently, I met with two of MacDermid's research team, Jun Nable, research project manager, who has been with MacDermid since 2007, and Cherry Santos, asso- ciate research fellow responsible for formulation work for metal plating solutions. We talked about the posters they were presenting and why they chose SMTAI. Specialist Coatings for Specialist Applications Taiyo America's Josh Goldberg agreed to spend a few minutes with I-Connect007's Pete Starkey at productronica recently, where he indeed climbed out of the box and explored the broader mar- ket for high-performance polymer coatings in the electronics industry. productronica 2015: Schmid's InfinityLine Opens New Era in Etching Machine Technology Schmid has combined the best attributes of their long-established CombiLine and PremiumLine in the development of their new InfinityLine fam- ily of modular etching machines, which offer an attractive cost structure without compromising performance, quality or durability. MacDermid, Enthone, Alpha, OMG, and Compugraphics Now under One Roof Platform Specialty Products Corporation, a glob- al diversified specialty chemicals company, has closed on its acquisition of Alent plc. The clos- ing of this transaction will prompt the launch of MacDermid Performance Solutions, a division of Platform that will combine the original MacDer- mid operations with businesses from Alent (En- thone and Alpha and their subsidiary company, Fernox), along with the recently acquired OM businesses. productronica 2015: Rogers Scales up Production and Integrates Arlon's Product Range John Hendricks gives a perspective on the Euro- pean market for special-purpose laminates, and comments upon Rogers' acquisition of Arlon and the integration of their complementary product range into the Rogers portfolio. productronica 2015: Electra's LDI Soldermasks for LED and Future Ink-jet Developments Ashley Steers of Electra Polymers Ltd discusses with I-Connect007's Pete Starkey the continuing developments in LDI soldermasks, and how the challenges associated with highly reflective white soldermasks for LED applications are progressively being overcome. productronica 2015: MicroCraft's EMMA Probe-tester Automated Jesse Ziomek, sales manager at MicroCraft, dis- cusses with I-Connect007's Pete Starkey their au- tomated version of the EMMA probe-tester, which is capable of lights-out operation on multiple de- signs and panel sizes, at 6000 test-points per min- ute. Saturn Electronics Chooses atg Flying Probe Technology for High-speed Electrical Test and Automation atg Luther & Maelzer GmbH, confirms the order for high-speed bare board testing technology. The atg A5a, 8 head, double-sided, auto-load/ unload system, for true "lights-out" operation has been ordered and installed by Saturn Electronics, Romulus, MI. 56 The PCB Magazine • January 2016 Supply Line Highlights

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