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32 The PCB Design Magazine • January 2017 components in electronic products, let's review PCB market trends in the global electronics industry. IPC APEX EXPO 2017 to Debut Flexible Hybrid Printed Electronics Pavilion Apart from its more than 450 industry-leading ex- hibitors, the IPC APEX EXPO 2017 will debut its Flexible Hybrid Printed Electronics Pavilion to of- fer attendees a great opportunity to experience how these trending printed electronics products and technologies apply to hybrid PCBs and PCB assemblies. All About Flex: Disruption in the Supply Chain Manufacturers need a highly dependable supply chain to successfully support their products. This is especially true of custom designed and built com- ponents, as many times, only one supplier is avail- able for a component since tooling and develop- ment costs discourage dual sourcing. IPC: Connected Factory Initiative Subcommittee's Progress on Machine Data Interface Standard Representatives of industry's leading manufactur- ers, machine, device, sensor and software compa- nies that comprise IPC's 2-17 Connected Factory Initiative Subcommittee have made significant strides in developing a machine data interface standard, "Connected Factory Exchange or CFX." Innovative Use of Vias for Density Improvements In today's fast-paced global, economic environ- ment—which requires constant innovation, up- skilling, and performance improvements— there is a need for increasing density. The classic way to increase density is to reduce the trace and spacing. Launch Letters: Programs, Not Projects Sometimes, an uncontrollable tick in my neck emerges. The wrinkle in my forehead that now has no boundaries slowly makes its way to my bald- ing scalp. My porcelain china doll-like complexion gradually transforms itself to resemble a Honey- crisp, and ultimately, a Red Delicious apple. EuroTech: Institute of Circuit Technology Northern Seminar 2016, Harrogate A new location for the Institute of Circuit Tech- nology Northern Seminar: Harrogate, the elegant and historic spa town in North Yorkshire, England. And an impressive venue: the chandeliered draw- ing room of the palatial and stately Majestic Hotel, dating from the Victorian era. Weiner's World Here we go again! The winter holiday (and trade show) season is upon us. Electronica's mood was upbeat. Next, the Asia and San Diego shows. We just received word as we were preparing for our trip to next month's HKPCA/IPC event in Shenzhen, China that the CPCA show suddenly changed its March 2017 date and venue. TTM President Thomas Edman on the Global PCB Market, Technology, and More The TTM and Viasystems merger put the PCB in- dustry on notice last year when it created one of the biggest powerhouses in the world. At this year's HKPCA and IPC show, Barry Matties met with TTM Technologies President and Chief Execu- tive Officer, Thomas Edman to get his views on the market, technology, the culture of TTM and even the Trump effect. KCE Group: A Thailand-Based PCB Manufacturer with a Growing Global Footprint Recently, while at electronica in Munich, Germa- ny I-Connect007's Judy Warner met KCE America President Rick Rhodes, and Joe Yeo of KCE Group. They discussed the unique challenges and oppor- tunities that come with the rigorous automotive market, and explained why they continue to enjoy explosive growth. EPTE Newsletter: Preliminary PCB Industry Results For 2016 I can't believe we are in the last month of 2016. We have almost a year of sales data from the global printed circuit industry, so this is a good time to an- alyze this year's performance and consider business plans for 2017. Since printed cir cuits are the major PCB007 Highlights

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