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102 The PCB Magazine • August 2017 1 Weiner's World— June 2017 On the return from Hong Kong last week I had the good for- tune of meeting an officer of Allegro Microsystems and en- joyed a wide-ranging discus- sion with him. One of the "take home" items was concern about an expanding shortage of rare earth metals used to make ICs for the burgeoning automotive sensor market. 2 Mr. Laminate Tells All: PTFE is about to be Banned by IEC TC111 Technical Committee 111 of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is preparing to effectively ban PTFE (polytet- rafluoroethylene) materials from electronics. As history goes, the electronics industry has focused on only two of the four halogens (bromine and chlorine) to be limited to be called "halogen-free" or more accurately "low-halogen." 3 EPTE Newsletter: Transparent Flex Circuits, Stretchable Flex Circuits Most of the products on dis- play at the JPCA Show were re- lated to electronics, the electron- ics industry, packaging and elec- tronic circuits. Flex circuit man- ufacture and material companies that featured flexible circuits at the exhibition fo- cused their attention on transparent flex circuits and stretchable flex circuits. 4 One World, One Industry: Three Ways to Close the Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing The skills gap is a chronic prob- lem in the manufacturing sec- tor. Most manufacturing com- panies have a hard time aligning the talent needed to run their businesses with the talent that is available to work locally. And as new innovations emerge, new skills requirements emerge as well. TOP TEN Recent Highlights from PCB007

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