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72 PCB007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2018 Grumman Corporation, during a luncheon at IPC APEX EXPO 2018. The Sum of All Parts: Defining Your Customer E These are the most typical ways in which someone will ask us who our customers are. Many times, the purpose is to see whether we work in the same spaces as them or as a way of gauging whether we are worthy of having them as a customer. NASA's Robert Cooke Wins IPC President's Award E Long-time IPC volunteer, Robert Cooke, NASA Johnson Space Center, was presented with the IPC President's Award at IPC APEX EXPO 2018. Three New Mars2020 Rover Technologies: What Powers the "Body Parts" on the Mars2020 Rover? E The Mars2020 Rover Mission, designed by JPL, is the next NASA Mars Exploration Program mission that is planned to launch in 2020. IPC Issues Position Paper on Priorities for an Ambitious EU Industrial Policy Strategy E IPC—Association Connecting Electronics In- dustries—has issued a position paper, "IPC Priorities for an Ambitious EU Industrial Pol- icy Strategy," in support of EU Industry Day. RTW IPC APEX EXPO: Ventec's Jack Pattie on New Materials, Industry Upswing E Ventec International Group's Jack Pattie com- ments on continuing growth in sales, investment in manufacturing and distribution, and new product developments in polyimides, no-flow pre-pregs and thermally conductive materials. One World, One Industry: Electronics Industry Advocacy More Important than Ever E The future of the electronics manufacturing in- dustry is shaped in many ways by government policies. This will be especially true in 2018, as legislators and regulators are eyeing policy de- cisions on issues such as technology research and development, taxes, workforce skills, and the environment. Cross Border Deals: What to Look for and How to Manage E My firm has been approached by foreign firms several times this year and in 2017 who want to acquire PCB, PCBA, or other electronics com- panies in North America. RTW IPC APEX EXPO: Annual Update for IPC Validation Services E Randy Cherry, director of validation services, provides an annual update for IPC validation services, including QML and QPL supplier list- ings. IPC Honors Rockwell Collins and Northrop Grumman with Corporate Recognition Awards E IPC bestowed its highest corporate honors on two companies, Rockwell Collins and Northrop MilAero Highlights

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