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24 The PCB Design Magazine • November 2014 PCB007 News highlights Q3 PCB/EMS Market Snapshot i-Connect007's latest market survey—a one-min- ute survey designed to provide a snapshot of the current state of the PCB and eMs industries—of- fers a good sampling to give us a snapshot of where we've been and where we're headed. FTG's Circuits Segment Sales up $1.9M in Q3 "FTg's momentum has continued in Q3 2014 with strong results across the corporation, particularly at our Circuits business and the two new aero- space facilities in Tianjin and Chatsworth where we continued to see progress on qualification ac- tivities, strong orders, and increased shipments," stated Brad Bourne, president and Ceo. IPC Report Shows Moderate Growth Through 2017 among PCB product types, hDi/microvia boards experienced the highest growth rate in 2013. Data on vertical markets for PCBs show that communi- cations and military/aerospace are the two largest PCB markets in North america, together account- ing for approximately 57% of the North american PCB market in 2013. Germany Records highest PCB Sales Since 2011 The automotive electronics sector drove germany's PCB market in July, helping the industry record its highest sales since 2011, according to zvei. Aspocomp Consolidates Operation: May Close Teuva Plant as part of aspocomp's strategic transformation, the company has issued a notice on statutory la- bor co-determination concerning all its personnel at the Teuva plant regarding the consolidation of production in Finland and the possible closing of the Teuva plant. PCB Industry Slowdown Continues in August "august business results for the North american PCB industry continued slightly below last year's levels," said sharon starr, iPC's director of market research, "but the PCB book-to-bill ratio continued hovering near parity and actually strengthened a bit in august. Flat growth is still expected for the remainder of 2014." Colonial Assumes Vermont Circuits' Customer Base Mark osborn, president and founder of Colonial Circuits, announced recently that his company has acquired vermont Circuits' customer base and will be offering a smooth transition for those former customers. Wurth Elektronik's Flex PCBs Achieve uL Mark after a time-intensive and close coordination with the ul engineers, an enormous amount of test pat- terns and high costs, Würth elektronik was able to record a big achievement: Four flex-rigid PCBs re- ceived the ul listing. Viasystems Challenges EPA's CDR Cycle Congressman Bill Johnson (r-oh) sent a letter to u.s. environmental Protection agency (ePa) ad- ministrator gina McCarthy requesting an analysis of reporting data pertaining to by-products sent for recycling collected during the 2012 Chemical Data reporting (CDr) reporting cycle. IPC: PCB Market Down 2.2%; Production Value at $59.4B The world market for PCBs declined an estimated 2.2% in real terms in 2013, although real growth in North america was positive at 0.8%, according to iPC's "World PCB Production report for the Year 2013." 24 The PCB Design Magazine • November 2014

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