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40 The PCB Design Magazine • September 2014 PCB007 News Highlights well. All of the data required for manufacturing, testing, and assembly are contained in one file. WUS Invests in Schweizer; Acquires 4.5% Stake Following the exclusive, long-term strategic alli- ance for the high frequency (HF) segment, WuS Printed Circuits Co., ltd. and Schweizer electronic AG agreed on a capital transaction with WuS ac- quiring 4.5% of Schweizer's shares. HEI Reports 39% Sales Drop in Q2 HeI, Inc. has announced unaudited financial re- sults for the second quarter of 2014, which ended June 28, 2014. Sales in the second quarter of 2014 were $7,940,000, compared to $13,018,000 in the second quarter of 2013. The company gener- ated a net loss of ($429,000) in the second quarter of 2014, compared to a net income of $678,000 in the second quarter of 2013. Wurth Elektronik Combines Rigid-flex, Impedance Testing When calculating the impedances in rigid-flex printed circuit boards, the rigid and the flexible area must be considered separately. The cause of this is the differing signal behavior due to the sur- rounding materials. Würth elektronik uses a spe- cial software that calculates everything one step. MFLEX Completes Restructuring, Expecting Growth in Q4 "At the mid-point of our guidance range, we expect to generate breakeven net income, excluding im- pairment and restructuring. With our improved cost structure in place, we should see a continued re- covery in our profitability as we leverage anticipated stronger sales volume," said reza Meshgin, CeO. AT&S Posts Positive Q1 Fy 2014/15 Results The AT&S Group generated revenue of euro 141.3 million in the first three months of the financial year, which was in line with the previous year's total (Q1 2013/14 euro 142.5 million). earnings before interest eBITDA amounted to euro 29.1 million, an increase of 3.6%. Consolidated net in- come for the first quarter rose by 14.6%. Viasystems' PCB Segment: Q2 Shows Improvement "Second quarter results in our PCB segment reflect improvement in most of our end markets, both se- quentially and year-over-year," noted CeO David M. Sindelar. ‟However, we are still facing incon- sistent customer project demand for our electro- mechanical solutions product offerings, which is included in our assembly segment." Spirit Circuits to Acquire Teknoflex Equipment Sadly, trading conditions and tough competition have resulted in the demise of one the uK's lon- gest-established flexible PCB manufacturers. Al- though confidence in uK manufacturing is grow- ing, this highlights the challenges being faced by many businesses that rely on a single product offer- ing and that do not diversify and embrace trading with offshore suppliers. 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 tu- torage of rob Walls and is a significant investment in the design service from exception PCB Solutions. 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 Sha- ron Starr, IPC's director of market research. "This month's growth in orders is a positive sign, how- ever, and if it continues we can expect to see sales improve later this year." Wurth Elektronik Embraces Modern Data Formats A new generation of PCB data formats enable a better exchange of data between CAD and CAM. The ODB++ and IPC-2581 formats include not only the graphical information for the individual board layers, but a lot of important extra information as 40 The PCB Design Magazine • September 2014

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