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July 2014 • The PCB Magazine 91 e FPCB Report: Mektron Suffers First Loss the world's largest FPcB company, Mektron, suf- fered its first loss since its establishment, due to three main reasons: hdd and odd markets con- tracted; the company began to intervene in the price war; and the company's 45% output came from china where rMB appreciation and rising la- bor costs eroded profits. f Multiline Restructures Business; Sharpens Focus Multiline technology has restructured its business to improve consistency and dependability while delivering custom equipment and spare parts. in the last few years, the company's business has changed to comprise predominately multiple camera, very tight tolerance, and large format post etch punches. g NCAB Expands U.S. Presence, Acquires M-Wave one of the world's largest suppliers of PcBs, ncaB group, has acquired 100% of M-Wave interna- tional llc's PcB division. Bob duke, former presi- dent of M-Wave's PcB division, commented, "Be- ing selected by ncaB to be a part of their u.S. team is a great compliment. as the PcB supply market continues to evolve, i felt this was an ex- cellent time for M-Wave to expand its resources." h Matrix Opens New "value-added" California Warehouse Branch Manager jim alves reports that the new warehouse is now in full operation. With the on- going success of Panasonic high-Speed laminates, jinzhou carbide tools, and agfa Specialty prod- ucts, the company is committed to expanding its services and presence in this region. i Technology Convergence Critical for PCB Fabrication the PcB industry is showing signs of life, which indicates that the pendulum is swinging in a more positive direction economically, but we're not quite ready to uncork the champagne. a june 2013 re- port by research & Markets forecast that the glob- al PcB fabrication industry alone will reach about $94 billion in 2017, with a compounded annual growth rate (cagr) of 8.1% during this period. j Multilayer Technology Nets 2014 Best of Irving Award Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. the 2014 irving award Program focuses on qual- ity, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the ir- ving award Program and data provided by third parties. July 2014 • The PCB Magazine 91 For the latest pCb news and information, visit: pCb007.com

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