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62 The PCB Magazine • January 2015 1 TTM, viasystems Receive Second Request from FTC TTm Technologies, inc. and Viasystems group inc. announced they have each received a sec- ond request from the united states Federal Trade Commission for additional information associated with TTm's proposed acquisition of Viasystems. 2 Dragon Circuits Battles Industrial "Planned Obsolescence" The company is announcing an ongoing effort to combat planned obsolescence. Vice President rajan Babaria says, "i recently discovered com- plaints about an asian-made cable (for a gim- bal) that was designed to break easily, ensuring customers would have to repurchase after a just a few uses. our team discussed it and had it re- designed and built with better, more durable material." 3 All Flex Invests in Capital Equipment all Flex has improved its component inspection capability with the purchase of an inline cleaner and an automated optical inspection (aoi) system to handle flexible circuits with high volume com- ponents. The aoi has the latest optics technology that rapidly scans for placement accuracy and the inline cleaner has an advanced system that helps deliver defect free parts. 4 N.A. PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio Recovers in October "unusually strong growth in north american PCB orders in october is good news for an industry that has experienced declining sales for more than three years," said sharon starr, iPC's director of market research. "The impact can be seen in the book-to-bill ratio, which made a strong comeback this month, indicating that sales may begin to re- bound by the end of the year." toP tEn News Highlights from PCB007 this Month 62 The PCB Magazine • January 2015

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