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June 2016 • The PCB Magazine 107 5 All About Flex: Imaging Methods for Etch Resist, Part 1 Imaging is a major process step in creating a copper circuit or flexible PCB. In sin- gle-sided circuit fabrication, the imaging process creates the resist pattern that pro- tects the copper from the etchant. It is critical that this pattern precisely define the circuit traces, as issues with imaging will transfer to the subsequent processes. 6 EPTE Newsletter: Many Plants in Japan Shut Down After Earthquake Large manufacturing com- panies including Sony, Pana- sonic, Honda and Toyota suspended operations cit- ing damage at their plants. The supply chain disruptions could keep them idle for up to a week. Toyota Motors was the hardest hit amongst the large corporations. 7 Advanced Circuits Acquires Assets of Micom Circuits Advanced Cir- cuits, North America's 3rd largest printed circuit board fabricator, an- nounced to- day that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets from Micom Circuits of New Brighton, MN. 8 North American PCB Business Growth Accelerates in March Total North Ameri- can PCB shipments in March 2016 came in at 10.3% above the same month last year, bringing the year-to-date growth rate up to 6.1% for the first quarter. Compared to the preceding month, March shipments were up 18.6%. 9 Teledyne Agrees to Divest Teledyne PCT to Firan Technology Group "The divestiture of Teledyne PCT is consistent with Tele- dyne's ongoing evolution and focus on high-technol- ogy, proprietary engineered products," said Robert Meh- rabian, chairman, president and CEO of Teledyne. "We will work closely with FTG to facilitate a smooth transaction and transition of the opera- tions to FTG's U.S. operations, supporting the cus- tomers of Teledyne PCT." J A Conversation with Walt Custer: Market Report In a recent conversation, Walt Custer shared cur- rent market data and in- dustry trends, detailing those market segments and regions that are cur- rently seeing growth and those that are in decline. Walt also offered his in- terpretation of the data, which he uses to forecast the upcoming month. For the latest PCB news and information, visit: PCB007.com

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