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76 PCB007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2024 Feature Interview by Nolan Johnson I-CONNECT007 ICAPE Group's field application engineer Erik Pedersen drills down on sustainabil- ity, supply chain resiliency, and what value engineering really looks like in this exclusive interview. Founded in 1999, European-based ICAPE Group provides 21 million printed cir- cuit boards and over six million technical parts to manufacturers every month. With 30 PCB manufacturing partners globally and 50 part- ners providing a wide array of technical parts, ICAPE Group has operations in China, Tai- wan, ailand, South Korea, Vietnam, South Africa, Europe, Mexico, and the United States. e company also focuses on the value propo- sition for its customers. Sustainability Nolan Johnson: How does ICAPE Group incorporate sustainable practices into manufacturing printed circuit boards? Erik Pedersen: ere are many things that we do in the process of manufacturing a PCB that focuses on sustainability. PCB fabrica- tors reclaim precious metals from waste and have done so for many years, sending it out to salvage companies that reclaim the met- als. Regarding epoxy fiberglass laminate, we can grind it down to small particles that can be used as filler material in things like con- struction and concrete. As far as the processes Checking In With ICAPE Group

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