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58 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2023 Nan Ya PCB Posts 8% Growth in July Revenues E Taiwan-based Nan Ya Printed Circuit Board Corp. (Nan Ya PCB), a manufacturer of single- sided PCBs, HDI PCBs, and rigid-flex PCBs, has posted unaudited sales of NT$3.33 billion ($104.86 million at $1=NT$31.79) for July 2023, up by 8% from the previous month, but down by nearly 40% year-on-year. Trackwise Announces Appointment of Administrators, Resignation of Nominated Adviser E Since September 2022, the board of directors of Trackwise has been exploring longer term strategic investment partnerships in order to support development and conversion of the pipeline of identified IHT sales opportunities, notably for EV battery cell connection systems (CCS) and also for other medical and aero- space sales opportunities. Wearable Technology Market Size to Grow by $52.4 Billion from 2021 to 2026 E e wearable technology market size is to grow by $52.4 billion from 2021 to 2026 and register a CAGR of 14.1%, according to Technavio's latest market research report estimates. With a focus on identifying dominant industry influ- encers, Technavio's reports present a detailed study by the way of synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. Flexible Thinking: Growth of Flex and Flex-hybrid Electronics in Mil-Aero Applications E Over the past several years, flexible electronics (FE) and flex-hybrid electronics (FHE) have enjoyed heightened attention in the electron- ics industry and have seen special interest and attention given by mil-aero companies. is is evidenced by June's NextFlex conference titled "Hybrid Electronics Commercialization Path for Aerospace Applications," an event at Boe- ing's Seattle facility. It was well attended by a diverse group of U.S. suppliers of materials, processes, equipment, and products for the aerospace industry as well as several partici- pants from academia. Stiffeners for Flex Circuits E One of the most recent topics in the flex world has been the evaluation of materials required to build a rigid-flex or flex circuit. Discussions around flex and materials include variations of polyimide and copper. Here I will discuss another material that plays a very important role in the world of flex circuits: stiffeners. Ibiden Reports Lower Revenues in 1Q FY 2023 E Japanese printed circuit board (PCB) maker Ibiden Co. Ltd has repor ted net sales of 94,601 million yen for the first quarter ended June 30, 2023, down by 3.8% compared with the same period in the previous fiscal year. Operating profit reached 8,181 million yen, down by nearly 55% year-on-year (YoY ), while ordinary profit fell by almost 50% YoY to 10,197 million yen.

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