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MARCH 2021 I DESIGN007 MAGAZINE 45 Testing Todd: Getting 'Lean' in 2021 E Many companies and individuals had to make life-altering adjustments in 2020 because of the pandemic, including reduced hours, telecom- muting and examining how we do things in this "new normal." Although the circumstances causing these changes are tragic, it forced us into becoming lean. North American PCB Industry Sales up 4.5% in December E IPC announced the December 2020 findings from its North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. e book-to-bill ratio stands at 1.05. Catching up With Nano Dimension E Dan Feinberg spoke with Valentin Storz, Nano Dimension's general manager of EMEA and director of marketing, about how the pan- demic has affected their business this past year and what they have planned moving forward. Joe Fjelstad's Book Review: The Innovators E e Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Rev- olution by Walter Isaacson is the best technol- ogy history book I have ever read, and at the same time one of the most engaging and enter- taining. It is a forte of Isaacson to write biog- raphies of great people. I have read his other books on DaVinci, Steve Jobs, Ben Franklin and Albert Einstein and found them equally brilliant. Isaacson has a number of other titles I have yet to get to in the future. He is a singu- larly great storyteller. IPC's Alicia Balonek Talks Trade Show News E Nolan Johnson discusses IPC APEX EXPO 2021 with Alicia Balonek, senior director of trade shows and events at IPC. Alicia provides an update on how IPC APEX EXPO will be structured in a virtual format, overviews the programming changes, and new additions designed to make IPC APEX EXPO the best virtual event possible. The Right Approach: Leadership 101— Leadership is Hard E Good leadership always makes a difference; unfortunately, so does bad leadership. Lead- ership is not easy to learn; if it was, everyone would be a leader. is Leadership 101 series will provide practical leadership tools and principles that can be applied immediately with your team. Kuprion Introduces ActiveCopper Filled Thermal Vias E Kuprion, Inc., a spinout of Lockheed Martin, has introduced ActiveCopper Filled ermal Vias, leveraging a patented technology break- through that addresses the increased reliabil- ity demands of heat and power dissipation for complex, advanced high-performance systems. Kemmer Praezision Partners with Insulectro E In this interview, Nolan Johnson and Gregor Dutkiewicz discuss Kemmer Praezision, their new working partnership with Insulectro, and some of the recent market challenges in mechanical drill bit technology.

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