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76 PCB007 MAGAZINE I JANUARY 2020 EPTE Newsletter: Taiwan's Circuit Board Industry—Red or Black for 2019? E The circuit board industry in Taiwan released its shipping data for November. The revenue declined by 5.61% compared with the previ- ous month and declined by 0.29% for the same month last year. Year-to-date revenue increased by 0.29% comparing year over year. Dominique Numakura unpacks the details of Taiwan's PCB industry for 2019. 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-temperature press and lay-up/break-down line at its Suzhou (China) manufacturing plant. Toray Creates Revolutionary PPS Film for 5G Circuit Boards E Toray Industries Inc. announced that it has cre- ated a polyphenylene sulfide film that maintains the outstanding dielectric characteristics—or low dielectric losses of electrical energy—flame retardancy, and chemical robustness of that polymer while remaining thermally resistant at 40°C higher than conventional counterparts. Ledia 6 Direct Imaging System Offers Enhanced Speed and Precision E Technical Editor Pete Starkey recently met with Ucamco's Michel Van den heuvel, imaging product group director, to discuss the benefits of the Ledia 6 direct imaging system, which was introduced last summer and features scan- alignment and improvements in registration and positioning accuracy. Nano Dimension Appoints a New Chairman E Seasoned executive Ofir Baharav will replace Avi Reichental as Nano Dimension's chairman. Rogers to Highlight High-speed Laminates at DesignCon E Rogers Corporation will exhibit at DesignCon in Santa Clara, California, highlighting some of its high-performance circuit materials used in multilayer structures, which include a fam- ily of thin laminates, bonding materials, and sheeted copper foil options. Technica USA to Distribute Meyer Burger's Inkjet Soldermask Technology in North America E Technica USA has announced that they had reached a Master Distribution Agreement with Meyer Burger to promote and support Meyer Burger's inkjet solder mask technology based on PiXDRO JETx systems. Ventec Builds Global Inventory of High-speed, Low-loss, High-frequency Materials E In response to high demand and laminate ma- terial supply issues affecting some producers of low-transmission loss and high-frequency laminates and prepregs, Ventec International Group Co. Ltd. (6672 TT) has implemented material inventory and supply chain measures with favorable order requirements. Uyemura Appoints Technology Director E Uyemura Vice President and CTO Don Gudec- zauskas announced the appointment of Patrick Valentine as director of technology.

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