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32 The PCB Design Magazine • August 2014 PCB007 News Highlights Sunstone Circuits Names Hammer QA Manager sunstone Circuits, the leading PCB prototype so- lutions provider, has named Dennis hammer as quality assurance manager. in this position, he will play a vital role in the management of product quality, continuous improvement, and process analysis. Global, China Advanced Rigid PCB Industry Report The PCB industry is fairly mature, with the growth rate generally not more than 6%. The output value of rigid PCB vendors has long been declin - ing—the year 2012 witnessed hard times for rig- id PCB vendors at a time when the smartphone and tablet PC market showed unexpectedly rapid growth. This sent rigid PCB vendors into a fierce price war, leading to a drop in profit and revenue. TTM Shanghai Earns Zero Defect Award from Spansion TTM Technologies, inc. announced that its silicon Platforms facility in shanghai received the World Class supplier—zero Defect Award from spansion inc. on June 16, 2014 for supplying top quality, zero defect substrate products in 2013. Merlin Circuit Installs Latest ITC Via Plugging Machine Flintshire-based Merlin Circuit Technology has completed the installation and testing of the lat - est via plugging machine supplied by iTC. The ThP35 is the most advanced system currently available and gives the ability to reliably fill all via types by way of its vacuum head. Colonial Committed to IP Safeguarding; Earns IPC-1071QML iPC's validation services Program has awarded its first iPC-1071 Qualified Manufacturers list - ing (QMl) to Colonial Circuits inc., a full-service printed board manufacturer in Fredericksburg, virginia. The facility underwent an intensive au- dit based on iPC-1071, Best industry Practices for intellectual Property Protection in Printed Board Manufacturing. Schweizer CEo Reappointed Board Member of ZVEI At the general meeting of the zentralverband elek- trotechnik und elektronikindustrie (zvei), the ger- man electrical and electronic manufacturers asso- ciation, in Munich, germany, Dr. Marc schweizer, CeO of schweizer electronic Ag, was reappointed a member of the board of zvei. Electronics Industry Leaders Meet with Policy Makers in D.C. A healthy electronics industry is critical to the economy and national security of all nations. That's why 17 iPC member-company executives gathered in Washington, D.C. to meet with se - nior policy makers as part of iMPACT 2014: iPC on Capitol hill. Through a series of meetings, the executives educated lawmakers about the needs of our industry. IPC: PCB Industry Growth Slows in May "While sales growth is slowing, declining orders pushed the book-to-bill ratio below parity after just two months of positive ratios," said sharon starr, iPC's director of market research. "This setback in the industry's recovery is likely to be short-lived, given the positive economic outlook for north America this year," she added. Newbury Begins Redevelopment Program newbury electronics has begun the initial phase of its redevelopment program early this month. West Berkshire MP Richard Benyon recently vis - ited newbury's premises to learn more about its redevelopment of the site, which will ultimately provide increased production space, new offices, and deliver savings in both water and electricity consumption. PCBs Enumerated at Category XI of USML The u.s. Department of state published a final rule that enumerates PCBs in Category Xi for Mili - tary electronics of the united states Munitions list (usMl). This is a significant win for iPC which has advocated for the enumeration of PCBs on the usMl. 32 The PCB Design Magazine • August 2014

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