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JANUARY 2020 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 45 The ICT 2019 Christmas Seminar E Since 2016, the Institute of Circuit Technolo- gy (ICT) has held its northern area Christmas seminar at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate— the elegant and historic English spa town in North Yorkshire. Pete Starkey provides an over- view of this popular ICT event. Standard of Excellence: Respecting Your PCB Vendor Partner E One of the more important aspects of any partnership is mutual respect for one anoth- er. And, of course, this is extremely important when it comes to your PCB vendor partner. Anaya Vardya shares five do's and don'ts to help build respect into your PCB vendor part- nership. Day 1 Coverage of International Electronics Circuit Exhibition in Shenzhen E The newly named International Electronics Cir- cuit Exhibition, formerly known as the HKP- CA Show, kicked off in Shenzhen, China. This event is now part of a cooperation between the CPCA and HKPCA associations. This is the larg- est trade show serving the south China region with 3,537 booths from 621 exhibitors this year. One World, One Industry: Rising Tariffs Put a Painful Squeeze on Electronics Manufacturers E IPC recognizes that you are greatly affected by the ongoing tariff dispute between China and the United States. To date, the two countries have imposed tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in imports in a tit for tat that could escalate further if an agreement is not reached soon. Dr. John Mitchell discusses IPC's recent survey of U.S. members and the organization's perspective. It's Only Common Sense: Making 2020 the Best Year of Your Sales Career E Even if you didn't do your homework last year, it's not too late to set yourself up for success— all you need are two days of planning and a lot of hard work to make 2020 the best year ever. Dan Beaulieu shares 10 surefire steps to help you be successful in 2020. Ventec Invests in Key Equipment to Support Expansion of PTFE Laminates Manufacturing E Ventec International Group Co. Ltd. has signif- icantly increased its PTFE laminate manufac- turing capabilities following a strategic invest- ment in a new state-of-the-art high-tempera- ture press and lay-up/break-down line at its Suzhou (China) manufacturing plant. Conductivity Laminate for High-frequency Applications E Pete Starkey and Vitali Judin discuss how Rog- ers Corporation has responded to demands for high thermal conductivity combined with low loss in high-power RF applications with the newly launched. The PTFE-based TC350 Plus is capable of handling temperatures above 125°C and draws upon Rogers' long experience with the TC350 material line-up. Looking Back on IPC's First Annual Electronics Materials Forum E This year, IPC tried something new and devel- oped a technical conference to bring togeth- er industry professionals focused on materials development. IPC's Electronics Materials Fo- rum stretched through each industry silo and focused on the commonality of developing the materials we all use. Brook Sandy-Smith pro- vides a recap of the event.

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