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56 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2020 2020 EIPC Winter Conference, Day 1 E Pete Starkey recaps how the 2020 EIPC Win- ter Conference, held in mid-February, attracted around 90 delegates from a dozen European countries—as well as a few from North Amer- ica—to an outstanding learning and network- ing experience for members of the PCB com- munity. The theme of this year's event was: "The Needs for Next-Generation Electronic De- vices and Changes in Fabrication Solutions for PCBs, PCBAs, Materials, and Technologies." IPC Chief Economist Dr. Shawn DuBravac Shares Industry's Financial Outlook E On March 23, IPC Chief Economist Shawn Du- Bravac, Ph.D., CFA, spoke with I-Connect007 publisher Barry Matties in an exclusive phone interview immediately following DuBravac's online briefing to IPC member attendees. Institute of Circuit Technology Spring Seminar 2020 E Back to Meriden, the nominal centre of Eng- land where the daffodils were blooming. A good crowd made it to the spring seminar that followed the Annual General Meeting of the Institute of Circuit Technology (ICT), with five specialist presentations and excellent op- portunities to network with their peers in the industry. Pete Starkey shares his overview of the event. I-Connect007 Researchers Survey Industry on COVID-19 Outbreak Effect E I-Connect007 surveyed our readers regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its effect on our industry. After reviewing the first 100 survey responses primarily from North America and Europe, one-third of the respon- dents reported that the outbreak was having at least a small effect on their orders. Two-thirds of our readers have yet to see any effect on their orders. Audio Interview With IPC President and CEO Dr. John Mitchell: COVID-19 Global Industry Update E On March 20, Dr. John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO, spoke with I-Connect007 publish- er Barry Matties in an exclusive phone inter- view with updates on COVID-19-related cur- rent events in the manufacturing industry. In this information-packed 14-minute audio inter- view, Dr. Mitchell shared key takeaways from Friday's IPC Executive Forum conference call. NCAB: A 'Hub' That Works With Designers From Start to Finish E In this video interview from the show, Kelly Dack meets with Ruben Contreras, field appli- cations engineer at NCAB Group, and Shaun Salas, key account manager. They discuss a va- riety of ways to overcome challenges with tar- iffs and broker relationships, as well as empha- sizing upstream expertise and how the com- pany operates as a "hub." Part of NCAB's ob- jective is to work with designers and design engineers to make the board more manufac- turable. Standard of Excellence: Successful R&D With Your PCB Partner E Now, more than ever, we have to rely on our PCB partners to help us with new product de- velopment. A great deal of trust and confi- dence in our PCB vendors is required to cre- ate and fulfill this type of partnership fruitfully. Anaya Vardya shares eight things that must be in place to have a successful R&D relationship with your PCB partner.

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