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April 2016 • The PCB Magazine 85 5 Manufacturing Institutes can Boost the Nation In his most recent State of the Union address, Presi- dent obama highlighted a remarkable trend of recent years: the turnaround in many corners of America's manufacturing sector. near- ly 900,000 new jobs have been created by U.S. manu- facturers in the last six years. 6 Copper Via-Fill Technology in Development The use of via-in-pad technology is increasing rapidly in today's PCB de- signs. The need for minia- turization, combined with the rapidly decreasing pitch of component foot- prints, drives printed cir- cuit board designers here. Via-in-pad requires the vias to be filled, planarized and then over-plated with copper. 7 The Quiet Mainstreaming of HDI Manufacturing Advances in technology continue to push the enve- lope of what's possible. And nowhere has the impact of those advances been felt more profoundly than in the evolution of the current class of mobile devices. Although design engineers have driven this evolution, the push to meet the associated manufacturing challenges has been re- sponsible for a revolution in PCB manufacturing. 8 Weiner's World Gene Weiner discusses PhiChem's upcoming open house event at its global HQ and R&D center in Shanghai during SEmICon Chi- na 2016, CPCA 2016 and pro- ductronica China 2016. He also focuses on the IPC Ambassador Council's plans to produce an executive forum in conjunction with IPC APEX EXPo 2017, IPC's as- sociation with nextFlex, and much more. 9 The Sum of All Parts: The Cost of Quality Throughout the decades, irrespective of industry or sector, markets have thrived on competition. They have, however, also relied upon some semblance of unity within their respective competitors. Industries rely upon their individual member companies' ability to work together for the greater good. J Rex Rozario, Part 4: A 10,000-ft. view of his Business Ventures, the Industry, and Life In our final installment, Rex describes the common thread woven through all of his successful business ventures and varied inter- ests: confidence and the fortitude to follow his dreams until they are real- ized. Rex also takes a look back at the evolution of the global PCB industry, and explains his approach to profitability, which includes building (and re- warding) a successful team. For the latest PCB news and information, visit: PCB007.com

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