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March 2015 • The PCB Magazine 87 5 N.A. PCB Business Growth Flat in 2014 "pCB business in north america was virtually flat in 2014 compared to the previous year," said IpC's Sharon Starr. "Sales ended the year less than one percentage point below 2013, while orders fin- ished the year just 0.6% above 2013. Strong or- ders in the fourth quarter have kept the book-to- bill ratio solidly in positive territory, which bodes well for sales growth in 2015." 6 China Outlook: An Interview with Hamed El-Abd, Lionel Fullwood, and Gene Weiner of Wkk Barry Matties spoke with wKK's hamed El-abd, Lionel fullwood, and Gene weiner on their out- look on pCB manufacturing in China, as well as on what it takes to stay competitive in this market. 7 Exception PCB Names Martin Managing Director frederick Martin has been appointed as managing director for Exception pCB Solutions and brings a wealth of experience. frederick will join Clive wall and rob Buswell in the Senior Management Team. The senior management are a highly experienced and results driven team that has the proven capa- bility to implement fastprints' European strategy and leverage the business's undoubted potential. 8 2015 EIPC Winter Conference, Munich: Day 1 Review ninety delegates, eleven countries represented and a thought-provoking two-day programme on themes of reliability in pCB fabrication and assem- bly, copper cleaning and advanced material solu- tions, advanced imaging and soldermask, and how to make pCBs smart and ready for Industry 4.0. add the further attractions of a keynote by walt Custer and the chance to visit a military aircraft assembly plant: the formula for another highly successful EIpC Conference—this time close to Munich airport. 9 Schweizer Electronic Concludes Fy2014 with Sales Growth Dr. Maren Schweizer, CEO of Schweizer Electronic aG comments: "we proceeded very well in 2014 on operational as well as strategic levels. we in- creased turnover and earnings, and our order book is well stocked. Thanks to the continuously high demand our order backlog increased again in 2014, amounting to 119.2 million euro against 114.2 million euro the year before." J PCi Upgrades Imaging Depart- ment with New Equipment rigid-flex circuit board manufacturer, printed Circuits Inc. has recently installed a Maskless Li- thography printer and an Orbotech paragon 9800 laser-direct imager at their facility based in Min- neapolis, Minnesota. For the latest PCB news and information, visit: PCB007.com March 2015 • The PCB Magazine 87

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