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88 The PCB Magazine • April 2014 a MFLEX Announces Restructuring Plan Following a full review of its manufacturing foot- print and in an effort to realign its manufactur- ing capacity and costs with expected revenues, mFlex is consolidating its production facilities to reduce the total manufacturing floor space by ap- proximately one-third. b IPC: N.A. PCB B2B Ratio Improves, Sales Lag "January is typically a slow month in electronics manufacturing, especially compared to decem- ber, but this winter the industry may also be feel- ing the effects of weather-related slowdowns," said sharon starr, ipc's director of market re- search. "the good news is that the book-to-bill ratio continued to climb in January." c IPC: Flexible Metal-clad Dielectric Materials Standard this standard establishes the classification system, the qualification and quality performance require- ments for flexible metal-clad dielectric materials to be used for the fabrication of flexible printed cir- cuitry and flexible flat cable. d FPCB Market Expected to Reach $12B in 2014 the global flexible printed circuit board (FpcB) market valued us $11.321 billion with a yoy growth rate of 9.4% in 2013, and will be worth us $12.008 billion in 2014 and us $12.686 billion in 2015. Top Ten PCB007 News Highlights This Month 88 The PCB Magazine • April 2014 n e w s

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