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44 The PCB Magazine • June 2016 Ventec International Group Expands North American Focus Ventec International Group is looking to expand their U.S. operations, and they've begun this pro- cess by bringing Chris Alessio on board as VP of sales and operations of Ventec USA. I met with Chris and Ventec USA President Jack Pattie at IPC APEX EXPO 2016 to discuss their approach and possible opportunities for the North American laminate market. Koen Hollevoet Explains Rogers' New PEEK-based Material for Extreme Temps Rogers has been developing a new material called XT/duroid laminate, which is based on polyether ether ketone (PEEK) material and can withstand some of the harshest temperatures and environ- ments. I met with Koen Hollevoet, Business Devel- opment Manager at Rogers Corporation, at IPC APEX EXPO 2016 to further discuss this material and learn how it might benefit the PCB market. Orbotech's Latest Technology at IPC APEX EXPO Orbotech presented their latest new technolo- gies at IPC APEX EXPO 2016. The Nuvogo 1000 is a higher power version of their multi wave- length direct imaging machine, as well as their new automated optical shaping technology which can add copper deposition to an other- wise defective PCB. IEC: Celebrating 50 Years in Business I caught up with Shawn Stone of IEC recently, to discuss plating, laminates, printed electronics and IEC's many strategic alliances, including their most recent agreement with ITEQ to distribute their copper-clad laminate line throughout North America. This alliance will give IEC, a company his father started more than 50 years ago, its first North American footprint. Oak-Mitsui Expands Partnership with Insulectro Oak-Mitsui and Insulectro are proud to announce an expanded strategic partnership adding Oak Mitsui's proprietary ABC (aluminum bonded cop- per) to Insulectro's premier product portfolio in- cluding CAC (copper aluminum copper). American Standard Circuits Augments Capabilities by Installing GenFlex from Orbotech GenFlex provides state-of-the-art analysis and ed- iting capability for flex and rigid-flex boards. The GenFlex System compensates for material bend- ing and possible distortion and allows quick glob- al revision via dedicated Design for Manufacture (DFM) tools, pattern optimization, optimal opera- tor efficiency and speed with minimum revisions and maximum yield/quality. Frontline Launches InCAM Flex Frontline PCB Solutions, an Orbotech-Mentor Graphics company, today announced the launch of InCAM Flex, a dedicated new CAM solution for flex and rigid-flex PCB makers. ESI Advances HDI Via Drilling Solutions Portfolio in APAC Electro Scientific Industries Inc.'s nViant laser pro- cessing system has secured multiple customer placements in the high-density interconnect (HDI) and substrate processing segments. MuTracx Appoints Jeroen de Groot as New CEO Jeroen de Groot has been appointed CEO of MuTracx International BV—full subsidiary of inno- vative technology partner Sioux—as of 1 May 2016. Strengthening MuTracx with the addition of De Groot fits perfectly within the growth aspirations of the manufacturer of digital inkjet PCB printers. Testing Todd: Quality Management and the Hidden "I" in Team Today, businesses of all types are jumping on the quality bandwagon. The more critical the prod- uct, the more the consumer/customer wishes the highest possible quality in the goods or services requested. Customers send surveys with buzz- words like ISO, QMS, and AVL for their suppliers to complete so they have confidence that what they receive is of the highest quality. Supply Lines Highlights

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