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24 The PCB Design Magazine • April 2014 PCB007 News Highlights to produce far more technically demanding PCBs than could be achieved using the more traditional photo lithographic techniques. Ray young Appointed GM of Ventec uSA's CA Division ray Young brings with him over 40 years of ex- perience in PCB manufacturing at all levels from hands-on processing through plant management and general management to senior operations ex- ecutive roles in industry-leading companies sup- plying the high-technology, high-reliability elec- tronics industry. i3 Electronics Achieves Critical Re-certifications i3 electronics has recently completed assess- ment for re-certification to several critical Qual- ity Management standards including As9100C (Aerospace, Military, and Defense standard), isO 9001:2008 (general Quality systems), and isO 13485:2003 (Medical Devices). All three certifica- tions were achieved with zero nonconformances. Cicor's PCB Division Reports Positive 2013 Results in 2013, Cicor group experienced a healthy growth in revenue and was ab le to further in- crease its competitiveness. All divisions performed well in the medical field, an area Cicor has particu- larly focused on for some time now. The medical segment has become the Cicor group's biggest market segment with 28%. revenue growth rates varied among the divisions. WEdirekt Online PCB Shop Achieves Over 40% Growth With strong revenue growth Wedirekt, the online circuit boards store at Würth elektronik has man- aged an extremely successful year in 2013. The or- der intake at Wedirekt increased by approximately 40% this fiscal year. Carina harnisch, the head of Wedirekt, has developed ideas and targets for 2014 to increase this success even further. MFLEX Announces Restructuring Plan Following a full review of its manufacturing foot- print and in an effort to realign its manufacturing capacity and costs with expected revenues, MFleX is consolidating its production facilities to reduce the total manufacturing floor space by approxi- mately one-third. IPC: N.A. PCB B2B Ratio Improves, Sales Lag "January is typically a slow month in electronics manufacturing, especially compared to December, but this winter the industry may also be feeling the effects of weather-related slowdowns," said sharon starr, iPC's director of market research. 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. Flexible PCB Market Expected to Reach $12B in 2014 The global flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) market valued us $11.3 billion with a YoY growth rate of 9.4% in 2013, and will be worth $12 billion in 2014 and us $12.68 billion in 2015. Sunstone Circuits Announces On-Time Guarantee The sunstone On-Time guarantee is a first in the PCB industry, and does not include numerous re- strictions and rules that would void its usability. The guarantee will provide more value and peace of mind for design engineers as they quote and order their boards. Newbury Electronics Installs uk's First uV-P300 LDI The new machine, a uv-P300 lDi, is manufactured by limata, and uses the latest in laser technology 24 The PCB Design Magazine • April 2014

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