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104 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I JANUARY 2022 for October, down by 3.62% year-on-year, and down by 5.97% from the previous month. Taiflex EM Revenues Up 6.5% YoY for Jan-Nov E Taiwan-based Taiflex Scientific Co. Ltd, a manufacturer of flexible printed circuit mate- rials such as flexible copper clad laminates (CCLs) and coverlays, has announced consoli- dated revenue of NT$690 million ($24.88 mil- lion at $1:NT$27.73) for November 2021, up by 5% from the previous month but down by 11.7% year-on-year. Nan Ya PCB Jan–Nov Sales Up 36% YoY E Taiwan-based Nan Ya Printed Circuit Board Corp. has posted unaudited sales of NT$4.76 billion ($171.8 million at $1=NT$27.72) in November 2021, down by 6.6% from the pre- vious month but up by 30% year-on-year. Technique Speeds Up Thermal Actuation for Soft Robotics E Researchers from North Carolina State Uni- versity have come up with a new design for thermal actuators, which can be used to create rapid movement in so robotic devices. A New Platform for Controlled Design of Printed Electronics with 2D Materials E A study, published in Nature Electronics, led by Imperial College London and Politecnico di Torino researchers reveals the physical mechanisms responsible for the transport of electricity in printed two-dimensional (2D) materials. Flexible Thinking: A Brief Retrospective of 50 Years in the PCB Industry E Columnist Joe Fjelstad reflects on his 50th year in the printed circuit industry. "It was a bit of a shock when I looked at the calendar and real- ized that I have been kicking around this indus- try for a half-century. I was fortunate enough to find my way into the PCB industry through the analytical lab of a PCB company in Mountain View, Calif., in the early days of Silicon Valley. e name of the company was Printex and it was one of the premier PCB fabricators in the United States." Women in Electronics Founder Jackie Mattox to Keynote Women in Electronics Reception at IPC APEX EXPO 2022 E Does a disruptive climate help or hinder women in the workplace? Has diversity improved in electronics? What's the electronics manufac- turing industry doing and what else can be done? ThinFlex Posts Lower October Sales E Flexible copper clad laminate (FCCL) man- ufacturer inFlex Corp. has registered sales of NT$155.22 million ($5.58 million at $1=NT$27.81) for October, down by almost 25.8% from the previous month, and down by 34% from the previous year. Compeq Posts Slight Growth in Jan-Oct Sales E Taiwan-based Compeq Manufacturing Co. Ltd—a manufacturer of HDI, rigid-flex PCBs, and flex PCBs—has posted unaudited sales of NT$6 billion ($215.8 million at $1:NT$27.80)

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