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August 2015 • The PCB Magazine 81 5 Innovative Technologies Drive PCB Industry Growth PcB growth has slowed in recent years, though last year the growth rate was slightly higher than the 2% of the last three years. estimates by ieK of industrial Technology research institute of Taiwan show that the PcB industry will continue to grow in 2015 at a rate of 3-5% with an annual output of rmB 576 billion (uSD 93.8 billion). 6 Coated Ultra-Thin Copper on Printed Circuit Laminates nanocopper based copper foil has great promise for high-density microcircuits. utilizing conven- tional coating capability, volume production is easily scalable and cost-effective. 7 Institute of Circuit Technology 41st Annual Symposium The institute of circuit Technology continues to grow its membership, and the annual Symposium is a major occasion that attracts most of the lead- ing names and faces of the uK PcB industry. This year's event was not only a platform for exchange of knowledge and ideas, but another great op- portunity for building networks and collaborative relationships. 8 IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for May 2015 Total north american PcB shipments decreased 4.2% in may 2015 from may 2014, and year-to- date shipment growth declined to -1.8%. com- pared to the previous month, PcB shipments were down 3.5%. 9 IPC Promotes Philip Carmichael to IPC President, Asia iPc has promoted Philip carmichael to iPc president of asia. carmichael has served as president of iPc greater china since January 2013 and will now ex- pand his responsibilities to include member acquisi- tion and support in Japan, Korea and aSean mem- ber states including cambodia, indonesia, malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. J iPhone 6S Series Drives Sales of Flex PCBs The upcoming release of apple inc.'s iPhone 6S series, which will feature Force Touch technology, is expected to drive demand for flexible PcBs (FP- cBs) as apple is set to increase its orders from Tai- wanese firms Zhen Ding Technology and Flexium interconnect, according to a Digitimes report. This is expected to boost sales of both Zhen Ding and Flexium for the second half of 2015. For the latest PCB news and information, visit: PCB007.com August 2015 • The PCB Magazine 81

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