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46 The PCB Design Magazine • February 2017 On Location at HKPCA: IPC's Mitchell and Carmichael on Asia, the Global Industry Outlook, and Trump While in Shenzhen, China, recently, with the PCB industry's biggest trade show as a backdrop, Publisher Barry Matties sat down once again to interview IPC President John Mitchell and IPC Asia President Phil Carmichael. This time they discussed trends they're seeing in the Asia-Pacific region and what a Trump presidency means to the industry. Top 10 Most-Read PCB News Stories of 2016 As the year ends, look back at the industry's highs and lows. The editors at I-Connect007 have com- piled a list of the top 10 most-read news stories from the pages of PCB007. Join us for a look back at the most popular news highlights of 2016. Punching Out! Types of Company Buyers in the PCB and EMS Sectors Mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. PCB sector have been in the news recently, with at least 12 deals completed over the past year, and several more in the works. In contrast, the EMS sector has been relatively quiet, but that may change now that the presidential election is over. PCB Maker Unimicron Developing SLP Products Unimicron Technology has set aside a capex bud- get of NT$4.946 billion ($153.19 million) for 2017 to finance the development of substrate-like PCB (SLP) products and ramp up the production ca- pacity of HDI boards and automobile boards. All About Flex: Are Manufacturing Companies Susceptible to Ransomware? Every business (and every individual) needs to pay attention to cyber security. There are many sophisticated hackers throughout the world look- ing for ways to access or corrupt systems. While manufacturing companies have not been a com- mon target, there are certainly risks that need to be considered. CES 2017: Disruptive Technologies Those of you that have read my previous columns covering CES 2017 know that at recent CES shows I have seen many drones, autonomous cars, IoT devices, robots, and other items ranging from ro- bots who stand in for your doctor to smart trash cans who tell you via Alexa, Google, or soon, Cor- tana, on your own computer, that since you have thrown away two empty milk cartons in the last few days it may be time to order more milk. CES 2017: Press Day, Launch.It and Showstoppers Before the show opens, CES provides two days and evenings not open to the general attendees, to en- able companies, large and small, an opportunity to present their new offerings to the press. These opportunities range from small meetings with indi- vidual members of the trade press to huge events. Flex Talk: A Glimpse into PCB Sales Summarizing the feedback from both customers and manufacturers, the most successful PCB sales- people are organized, take a genuine interest in their customers' needs and business challenges, and have a better than average understanding of the PCB industry. Weiner's World Here are a few thoughts for the New Year and be- yond from a long-term colleague and friend of the past half century, Harvey Miller, electronics market researcher, consultant and founder of Fabfile On- line. Emmy Ross Discusses the New I-Connect007 E-Book Series One thing that is long overdue in our industry is a series of guidebooks focused on helping com- panies with all their needs, from qualifications like AS9100 and Mil-P-31032 to various tech- nologies, heavy copper, rigid-flex and microvias. I-Connect007 is now providing our industry with an entire series of these guidebooks, starting with the first, "The Printed Circuits Buyers Guide to… AS9100 Certification." PCB007 Highlights

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