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44 The PCB Design Magazine • October 2017 It's Only Common Sense: Train the Youngsters and Reveal the Possibilities There is no doubt there is a shortage of young people in our business. As we all get older, the challenge of finding young people to replace us is getting more severe. Last week in this column, we talked about finding young people in our own organizations and then nurturing them to become an integral part of our companies. Hamed El-Abd: A New Beginning, Part 1 While in China recently, Barry Matties joined longtime I-Connect007 friend and contributor Hamed El-Abd of WKK to congratulate him on his upcoming retirement. They reflected on his time spent in the industry, specifically in China, how far it's come, and where it might be headed next. EPTE Newsletter: Semi-Annual Review of the Global Circuit Industry Every piece of electronic equipment uses printed circuit boards. The circuit board industry post- ed mixed results for the first half of the year. Listed below is a quick snapshot of the global results as well as business trends for consumer electronics. Scottish FPCB Manufacturer Flexible Technology Awarded EN9100 Rothesay-based PCB manufacturer, Flexible Tech- nology, has just been awarded the coveted aero- space and defence approval, EN 9100, better known as AS9100. All Flex Launches Analytical Service for Flexible Circuitry All Flex assists users of flex circuits in understand- ing how to best apply and utilize flex. Analytical Service will help OEMs identify sources of failures and reliability risk of poorly designed flex. One World, One Industry: The Future of Electronics in the Automotive Industry Automotive electronics is not a new topic. While there is a trend for both performance and luxu- ry electronics, many of the recent conversations tend to focus on self-driving/autonomous vehicles. While the technology is exciting, it is just the tip of the iceberg. Punching Out! Making the Process Easy (M&A Process Engineering) In the M&A world, there are companies that make it easy (or at least easier) and those that make it difficult. By making the process easier, sellers should see better valuations and terms, and have a smoother deal process. Flex Talk: Knowledge is Power "What can I do to help drive cost from my design?" This is a question that I am asked routinely. That question is often followed by, "Can I get these fast- er?" Both questions are even more predominant when talking about flexible circuits or rigid-flex. 'Global Wisdom. Local Presence' the Theme of HKPCA & IPC Show 2017 The 2017 International Printed Circuit & APEX South China Fair (2017 HKPCA & IPC Show) will again be staged at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, China. This year's edition will run from December 6–8, 2017. With the theme of "Global Wisdom. Local Presence," it is hoped that global collective intelligence can be drawn to the show for assisting industry insiders to apply those high-end technologies into local production and enhance their business development. Weiner's World—August 2017 IPC is planning to hold a special meeting on au- tomotive electronics for senior executives during IPC APEX EXPO 2019. The meeting will be planned and produced by the IPC Ambassador Council. Its presentations will feature senior members of the entire automotive electronics supply chain. PCB007 Highlights

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