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48 SMT007 MAGAZINE I JUNE 2023 Trackwise Awarded Prestigious King's Award for Enterprise for Innovation E Trackwise Designs plc, the innovative manu- facturer of specialist products using printed cir- cuit technology, is delighted to be recognised with a prestigious King's Award for Enterprise. Amphenol Reports First Quarter 2023 Results E Sales of $2.974 billion, up 1% in U.S. dollars and organically compared to the first quarter of 2022; GAAP Diluted EPS of $0.71, up 4% compared to prior year; adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.69, p 3% compared to prior year; GAAP and adjusted operating margin of 19.9% and 20.1%; operating and free cash flow of $532 million and $436 million. FDH Aero Acquires BJG Electronics Group E FDH Aero, a global provider of supply chain solutions for the aerospace and defense indus- try, has acquired BJG Electronics Group, a leading provider of interconnect and electro- mechanical products for the defense, commer- cial aerospace, and space end-markets. Realizing the Promise of IPC-1791 E IPC-1791, Trusted Electronic Designer, Fabri- cator and Assembler Requirements, is an elec- tronics standard developed in collaboration with the (DoD) and industry to address some of today's greatest risks to a trusted supply chain. e standard provides traceability and helps protect against counterfeits. In fact, IPC-1791 was specifically cited in the U.S. Department of Commerce response to Executive Order 14017-Securing America's Supply Chains. Nathan Edwards to Lead USPAE as New Executive Director E Effective May 1, 2023, Nathan Edwards will transition into the role of executive director of the U.S. Partnership for Assured Electronics (USPAE). Currently serving as director of gov- ernment development, Edwards will replace Chris Peters who will continue with the orga- nization as a senior advisor, providing continu- ity and focus on special projects. As executive director of USPAE, Edwards will be respon- sible for establishing and growing the organi- zation to help ensure the U.S. government has access to trusted, secure, and resilient elec- tronics supply chains. North American PCB Industry Sales Up 11.6% in March E IPC announced the March 2023 findings from its North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. e book-to-bill ratio stands at 0.91. Legislation Introduced to Restore America's Printed Circuit Board Industry after Two Decades of Decline E e bipartisan Protecting Circuit Boards and Substrates Act of 2023 introduced by Reps. Blake Moore (R-UT-1) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA-16) finishes the job the CHIPS Act began by incentivizing investment in the domestic printed circuit board (PCB) industry. Gardien Group Joins USPAE E Gardien Group is pleased to announce its membership acceptance to the U.S Partner- ship for Assured Electronics.

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