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62 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I FEBRUARY 2020 CES 2020: Here We Are Again E Dan Feinberg shares highlights from proba- bly the largest and most fascinating technol- ogy event globally—CES—which he has been attending and writing about CES for over 20 years. The progress that has taken place is immense, and the rate of change has also accelerated. Punching Out! Preparing for Life Post-transaction E Congratulations! You have punched out! Now what? Tom Kastner details how being prepared for life after a transaction is a good idea not only to help set up a smooth sale but also to give you the motivation to get through the deal process. Rogers Highlighted High-speed Laminates and Next-gen Thin Materials at DesignCon 2020 E Rogers Corporation exhibited at DesignCon in Santa Clara, California, highlighting some of its high-performance circuit materials used in multilayer structures which include a family of thin laminates, bonding materials, and sheeted copper foil options. IPC Statement on U.S.-China Trade Deal E In a statement recently, Chris Mitchell, IPC's VP of global government affairs, said, "The electronics manufacturing industry welcomes the U.S.-China 'phase one' trade deal signed recently in Washington, and the pathway it of- fers to the resolution of broader issues. The deal leaves many issues unaddressed, including cyber and structural economic reforms, and a broad range of increased tariffs that are still in place." The Plating Forum: New Developments in ENIG E ENIG has been around the printed circuit in- dustry for more than 25 years. George Milad provides an update and explains how, although the occurrence of corrosion was recognized, a better understanding of the defect has led to a series of improvements over time. Fresh Thinking on the Logistics of Laminate Distribution E Mark Goodwin, COO of Europe and the Ameri- cas for Ventec International Group, sits down with Barry Matties to explain his approach to supply chain management, efficient distribu- tion, and maintaining definitive product iden- tity at every stage. Logistics Are Frank Lorentz's Passion E Recently, Barry Matties had the chance to vis- it Ventec International Group's German facility in Kirchheimbolanden (KIBO), where he met Frank Lorentz, Ventec's general manager for the location. Logistics are clearly Frank's pas- sion. He lives and breathes it. If you spend any amount of time with him, that is abundantly clear. This interview with Frank was conduct- ed after a tour of the KIBO site. 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 Internation- al Group Co. Ltd. (6672 TT) has implemented material inventory and supply chain measures with favorable order requirements.

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