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56 SMT Magazine • September 2015 MilAero007 Highlights 56 SMT Magazine • September 2015 IPC Releases Report on Lead-free Electronics in Mil/Aero Applications IPC's new market research study examines the cur- rent and future state of lead-free usage in high- reliability applications, as well as the impact usage will have on the industry. IPC Seeks Support to Stop Costly EU Conflict Minerals Directive In May, the EU Parliament overwhelmingly passed regulations requiring the mandatory certification and reporting of conflict minerals throughout the supply chain. Under the pro- posed regulation, EU importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold would need to be certified by the EU to ensure that they do not fuel conflicts and human rights abuses in conflict areas any- where in the world. Plexus Posts Record Revenue of $670M in 3QFY2015 Plexus earned record revenue of $670 million in the fiscal third quarter ended July 4, 2015. Libra Industries Installs Fifth Juki Line Libra Industries has purchased and completed the installation if its fifth line from Juki Automation Systems Inc. The new line consists of a GKG Preci- sion Machine Paste Printer, KE-2070E, KE-2080E, TR6DER and Shenzhen JT Automation RS-800II 8-zone oven. Sparton to Highlight Technologies at DARPA Sparton Corp.'s technologies will be on display at the upcoming Defense Advanced Research Proj- ects Agency (DARPA) "Wait, What Conference" being held in St. Louis from September 9–11, 2015. Plexus Appoints Oliver Mihm as Leader for EMEA To be based out of the Plexus' Darmstadt Design Center in Germany, Oliver Mihm assumes leader- ship responsibilities for the strategy and execution of all aspects of Plexus' business within EMEA. Erapsco Named Superior Supplier by US Navy Sparton and Ultra Electronics' joint venture Erap- sco has been recognized by the U.S. Navy as a Tier 1 Superior Supplier. Kitron's Profitability Improvement Continues in Q2 2015 Kitron ASA has reported the fifth consecutive quar- ter of improved profits, due to a combination of growing revenue and better margins. Ultra Electronics-Sparton JV Lands $16M in Foreign Contracts Ultra Electronics USSI, a subsidiary of Ultra Elec- tronics Holdings plc and Sparton Corp., has land- ed subcontracts valued at $16.1 million from their ERAPSCO/SonobuoyTech Systems joint venture. Nortech Systems Reports Second Quarter Results Nortech Systems Inc. has reported net sales of $26.8 million for the second quarter of 2015, and total net sales of $53.3 million for the first six months of the year.

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