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28 The PCB Design Magazine • June 2016 EPTE Newsletter: Many Plants in Japan Shut Down After Earthquake Large manufacturing companies including Sony, Panasonic, Honda and Toyota suspended opera- tions citing 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. Advanced Circuits Acquires Assets of Micom Circuits Advanced Circuits, North America's 3rd largest printed circuit board fabricator, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets from Micom Circuits of New Brighton, MN. North American PCB Business Growth Accelerates in March Total North American 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 pre- ceding month, March shipments were up 18.6%. Teledyne Agrees to Divest Teledyne PCT to Firan Technology Group "The divestiture of Teledyne PCT is consistent with Teledyne's ongoing evolution and focus on high- technology, proprietary engineered products," said Robert Mehrabian, chairman, president and CEO of Teledyne. "We will work closely with FTG to facilitate a smooth transaction and transition of the operations to FTG's U.S. operations, support- ing the customers of Teledyne PCT." A Conversation with Walt Custer: Market Report In a recent conversation, Walt Custer shared cur- rent market data and industry trends, detailing those market segments and regions that are cur- rently seeing growth and those that are in de- cline. Walt also offered his interpretation of the data, which he uses to forecast the upcoming month. Happy's Essential Skills: Technical Writing Technical writing is one of those topics that they don't really talk about in college—at least not where I went. Writing and English has never been a strong like of mine compared to science and math. So I did my required time in English and wrote my lab reports the best I knew how. Weiner's World 3D printing, China's SMT equipment and robotics markets, IPC's mandate, counterfeiters, and Taiwan PCB makers' shift to automotive electronics—Gene Weiner talks about these things and more in this new article. 'Can Do' in CAM Outsourcing: A Case for Outsourcing CAM Engineering In the West, outsourcing is sometimes considered taboo and many believe it is one of the causes for shifting our manufacturing base to the East—spe- cifically China and other lower cost Asian coun- tries. In this series of columns, I will make a case in support of CAM outsourcing—especially for North American and Western European PCB manufactur- ers. KCA Electronics and MEI Acquired by HCI; Shane Whiteside Named President and CEO HCI Equity Partners (HCI), a middle market private equity firm based in Washington D.C., announced today that it has acquired both KCA Electronics in Anaheim, CA and Marcel Electronics Internation- al (MEI) located in Orange, CA in separate stock transactions. All About Flex: Imaging Methods for Etch Resist, Part 1 Imaging is a major process step in creating a cop- per circuit or flexible PCB. In single-sided circuit fabrication, the imaging process creates the resist pattern that protects the copper from the etchant. It is critical that this pattern precisely define the cir- cuit traces, as issues with imaging will transfer to the subsequent processes. PCB007 Highlights

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