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80 The PCB Magazine • September 2014 a Viasystems' PCB Segment: Q2 Shows Improvement "second quarter results in our pCb segment re- flect improvement in most of our end markets, both sequentially and year-over-year," noted Ceo david m. sindelar."however, we are still fac- ing inconsistent customer project demand for our electro-mechanical solutions product offerings, which is included in our assembly segment." b Spirit Circuits to Acquire Teknoflex Equipment "sadly, trading conditions and tough competi- tion have resulted in the demise of one the uK's longest-established flexible pCb manufactur- ers. although confidence in uK manufacturing is growing, this highlights the challenges being faced by many businesses that rely on a single product offering and that do not diversify and embrace trading with offshore suppliers. c Exception PCB's Neil Day Awarded CID Certificate design manager neil day has completed the ipC Cid training course and attained Cid certification. training was completed at the pieK international education Centre in the netherlands under the tutorage of rob walls and is a significant invest- ment in the design service from exception pCb solutions. d IPC: N.A. PCB B2B Ratio Returns to Parity in June "the pCb book-to-bill ratio has been hovering around 1.00 since february, which explains the flat year-to-date sales growth we are seeing," said sharon starr, ipC's director of market research. "this month's growth in orders is a positive sign, however, and if it continues we can expect to see sales improve later this year." Top Ten PCB007 News Highlights This Month n e w s 80 The PCB Magazine • September 2014

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