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40 The PCB Design Magazine • August 2015 PCB007 Highlights for the second day of the EIPC Summer Conference in Berlin, continuing the theme of improving profit- ability through technical leadership and innovation to meet future market requirements, with sessions on materials and processes for high performance PCBs and advanced material testing strategies to meet OEM and ODM needs. EIPC Summer Conference, Berlin: Day 1 Berlin, capital of Germany and a world city of cul - ture, politics, media and science, was the venue for the 2015 EIPC Summer Conference, which attracted delegates from sixteen countries, including Russia, Hong Kong, Japan, Israel, USA and Canada, as well as the European Union, to experience a programme of 21 technical presentations over two days. Also included was a visit to the Berlin laboratories of Fraunhofer Institute, Europe's largest application- oriented research organisation. 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%. IPC Promotes Philip Carmichael to IPC President, Asia IPC has promoted Philip Carmichael to IPC presi- dent of Asia. Carmichael has served as president of IPC Greater China since January 2013 and will now expand his responsibilities to include mem- ber acquisition and support in Japan, Korea and ASEAN member states including Cambodia, Indo- nesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. iPhone 6S Series Drives Sales of Flex PCBs The upcoming release of Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6S se- ries, which will feature Force Touch technology, is expected to drive demand for flexible PCBs (FPCBs) as Apple is set to increase its orders from Taiwanese firms Zhen Ding Technology and Flexium Intercon - nect, according to a Digitimes report. This is expect- ed to boost sales of both Zhen Ding and Flexium for the second half of 2015. Kelly Dack Discusses His Recent Move It's no secret that Prototron is one of the fabrica- tors to watch in the US. I've known the Prototron staff for years, and worked with them for a number of years as well. So, when I heard they had hired Kelly Dack, a longtime PCB designer and guest edi - tor for PCBDesign007, I wasted no time meeting with Kelly. Catching Up with Vector Fabrication's Quang Luong: Here Comes Vietnam! I have known Quang Luong, the owner of Vector Fabrication, for many years now, and I have always been interested in his business and how it operates, especially since he is the only PCB shop owner I know of who has a company both in the U.S. and in Vietnam. TTM: Consult Fabricators Early for PCB Designs Recently, I attended the Designers Council "Lunch and Learn" at Broadcom's office in Orange County, California. One of the speakers at this event was Julie Ellis, a field applications engineer with TTM Tech - nologies. She sat down with me to discuss her pre- sentation and some of the ways fabricators can assist PCB designers. Coated Ultra-Thin Copper on Printed Circuit Laminates Nanocopper based copper foil has great promise for high-density microcircuits. Utilizing conventional coating capability, volume production is easily scal - able and cost-effective. Institute of Circuit Technology 41st Annual Symposium The Institute of Circuit Technology continues to grow its membership, and the Annual Symposium is a ma- jor occasion that attracts most of the leading 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 opportunity for build - ing networks and collaborative relationships. EIPC Summer Conference: Day 2 Refreshed after an excellent conference dinner, and for most, a good night's sleep, delegates returned 40 The PCB Design Magazine • August 2015

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