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92 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I OCTOBER 2019 a platform for education and collaboration among a diverse group of professionals inter- ested in producing e-textiles technologies and products. All Flex Gains NASA Heater Qualification E All Flex heaters are now on the NASA Quali- fied Parts List and are certified for space flight. Intense Competition to Emerge in High-frequency CCL for 5G AAU Applications E Demand for high-frequency and high-speed CCL will rise sharply to support production of multi-layer backboards for active antenna unit (AAU) application at 5G base stations, prompt- ing CCL makers to step up upgrading specs of their products to meet the demand. Brigitflex Invests in New Excellon Drilling/Routing System E Brigitflex Inc. has installed Excellon's model 154L vision drill/routing system at its facility in Elgin, Illinois, U.S.A. New IPC Report Shows North American PCB Industry Turnaround E For the first time in five years, domestic PCB pro- duction grew in 2018. North America's PCB mar- ket also grew last year by nearly eight percent, solidifying the turnaround that began in 2017. Stretchable Electronics Commercialization Progress and Challenges E Stretchable electronics (SC) are already com- mercial and come in many shapes and forms but face a complicated path to the market; they are not a replacement market in that stretch- able electronics will often not substitute an ex- isting component or product. Lenthor Engineering Sustains Capacity Expansion E Lenthor Engineering provides updates on the continuing progress of its capacity expansion plan. Rigid-flex Boards Shipments for AirPods to Stay Robust E Despite the US tariffs on China-sourced wear- able devices taking effect September 1, Tai- wanese PCB makers are expected to see their shipments of rigid-flex boards for AirPods re- main strong through the end of 2019 on brisk demand for such earphones. Printed Electronics Market to Reach $21.44 Billion by 2026 E Global printed electronics market size was val- ued at $6.86 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach $21.44 billion by 2026 to exhibit a CAGR of 15.31% during the forecast period. IDTechEx: The Future of Wearables is Medical (Part 1) E IDTechEx's most recent report on the industry in- cludes historic data and 10-year market forecasts for 48 different wearable technology product types, of which 20 are types of wearable medi- cal device. These include more traditional medi- cal products such as hearing aids, cardiac devic- es (e.g., Holter monitors or event monitors) and insulin pumps. IPC E-Textiles Europe 2019 to Bring Technical Education to European E-textiles Community E IPC E-Textiles Europe 2019, a two-day tech- nical education conference for innovators, technologists and brands/OEMs, will provide

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