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36 The PCB Design Magazine • January 2015 PCB007 News Highlights the integration of power semiconductors into PCBs and to tap the chip embedding market for high-power automotive and industrial applica- tions. Cicor Wins DeviceMed Award The DeviceMed Awards were presented at the Compamed in Düsseldorf, the leading interna- tional trade fair for medical technology industry suppliers. Cicor came out on top in the Outsourc- ing Partner category. South Korean FPCB Firms See Sharp Fall in Sales In 2014, price decline continued to deteriorate, which led to a sharp fall in revenue of South Kore- an vendors. The implications of high-speed capac- ity expansion are high fixed costs, which would thus result in a plunge in profit margin. Saturn Electronics Now UL Certified for Aismalibar IMS The certification allows Saturn to UL stamp their products using the entire line of Cobritherm mate- rials which includes ALCUP-G 1.3w, ALCUP 1.8w, HTC 2.2w, and HTC 3.2w. The company can now offer a high-quality European alternative the small group of IMS materials currently available in the North American market. Candor Invests in Equipment from atg, Olec, Pluritec Canadian high-technology PCB manufacturer Candor Industries announces it has improved overall production, speed, and capability through recent capital investments from atg, Olec, and Plu- ritec. Aspocomp to Cease Operations at Teuva Plant It was decided that a total of 34 personnel, con- sisting of 28 non-salaried and six salaried employ- ees, will be made redundant and production at the Teuva plant will be closed down. TTM, Viasystems Receive Second Request from FTC TTM Technologies, Inc. and Viasystems Group Inc. announced they have each received a second re- quest from the United States Federal Trade Com- mission for additional information associated with TTM's proposed acquisition of Viasystems. Dragon Circuits Battles Industrial "Planned Obsolescence" The company is announcing an ongoing effort to combat planned obsolescence. Vice President Ra- jan Babaria says, "I recently discovered complaints about an Asian-made cable (for a gimbal) 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 redesigned and built with better, more durable material." 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. 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." Infineon Acquires 9.4% Stake in Schweizer Electronic By investing into Schweizer, Infineon emphasizes its intention to jointly develop technologies for 36 The PCB Design Magazine • January 2015

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