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48 PCB007 MAGAZINE I JANUARY 2019 GreenSource Fabrication Announces Acquisition of AWP Group E GreenSource Fabrication LLC has announced the acquisition of majority ownership in AWP Group GmbH with immediate effect. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Rick Almeida Discusses DownStream's Latest News E At the 2018 electronica exhibition in Munich, Rick Almeida, founder of DownStream Tech- nologies, brings Editor Pete Starkey up to speed with the company's latest news. John Hendricks on 5G Materials E At the 2018 electronica exhibition in Munich, John Hendricks, product marketing manager for Rogers Corporation, discussed 5G materials including demands and trends. Top 10 Most-read PCB007 Articles of 2018 E Every year, we like to take a look back at the most popular PCB news and articles. These are the top 10 most-read PCB articles from the past year. Check them out. It's Only Common Sense: Where Will We Be in Five Years? E Recently, a good friend and U.S. PCB shop owner asked me what the North American market would look like in five years. It's a good question, isn't it? With everything going on in the world, it is a good time to stop and take stock. Top 10 Most-read PCB007 Interviews of 2018 E Here's a list of the top 10 most-read PCB interviews in the past year. Topping the list is an interview by Publisher Barry Matties with industry veteran Gene Weiner, who talked about the market conditions in China, and any effect the new U.S. administration might have on trade relations going forward. Gen3 Introduces AutoSIR2+ and AutoCAF2+ E Gen3 has a continuous product development program to meet the ever-changing demands of both our existing and new customers. We are proud to introduce the new AutoSIR2+ and the AutoCAF2+ instruments. Ventec Extends tec-speed 20.0 Series of Low PIM Antenna-Grade Laminates E Ventec International Group Co., Ltd. has added four new low passive intermodulation (PIM) antenna-grade laminates to its tec-speed 20.0 ceramic-filled hydrocarbon thermoset material series. MicroCraft Adds 8 Probe System with Full Automation E MicroCraft has released its first 8-probe system with full automation, the E8M6151AL, as the latest addition in their EMMA series. One of the key features of the E8M6151AL model is that the tester can operate for 24 hours unattended with its newly developed auto loader/unloader. Martin Cotton's Parting Shot E Martin Cotton is a unique personality in the PCB industry. As Cotton says, "I'm a designer— look at my haircut!" Cotton gave the keynote at the Institute of Circuit Technology's 2018 Harrogate Seminar, challenging his audience to consider laminate dielectric properties in the context of power and cost in a presentation entitled 'The Effect of the Dk of a PCB Laminate on the Cost-effectiveness of Office Rental Space. Intrigued?' Read on!

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