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90 SMT Magazine • July 2014 a IPC Certifies Conflict Minerals Data Exchange Standard iPC-1755 was developed under a globally rec- ognized, industry-consensus standards process, which makes it easier for companies to use a single standard for all international operations. Support from AiAg, CfSi, and JEiTA highlight the global support for this effort. The association's experience in developing industry-consensus data exchange standards helped standardize the data fields. b Varitron Expands Presence; Acquires Altronics "varitron and Altronics provide similar services, but also have complementary offerings intended for dif- ferent markets," notes Michel farley, president of va- ritron group. "By pooling our expertise, we will be able to serve more customers and to provide added value in terms of volume with the aim of consolidat- ing the U.S. market and developing new niches." c Newbury Extends Free Parts listing for PCB Components newbury Electronics is increasing its list of free parts for use in its PCB assembly to over 1,000 different components with immediate effect. The free parts scheme has been on trial for some time but has now been greatly extended to in- clude a wider range and more expensive com- ponents. This new approach to costing will ap- ply across the company's PCB Train assembly operation. d lower Mfg Volumes in Europe Hurt Incap's Q1 Revenue The group's revenue was EUR 5.5 million, down approximately 51% year-on-year (Q1/2013: EUR 10.7 million) due to the decreased manufacturing volumes in the company's factories in Europe. Top Ten News Highlights from SMTonline this Month 90 SMT Magazine • July 2014

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