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44 The PCB Design Magazine • September 2017 It's Only Common Sense: Getting to No Does this sound familiar to you? There is a poten- tial customer you have been chasing for a long time. Now, this guy seems to be a pretty good guy because he is always willing to see you, always happy to have a cup of joe with you, and more than happy to go out to lunch with you, especially if you go to his favorite sushi place. Catching up with Prototron Circuits' Tucson GM Kim O'Neil This has been an exciting year for Prototron, which has achieved Mil-PRF-31032 and gone into the flex business. Most recently, Prototron received word that they had achieved their AS9100 Rev D, which made me want to check in with Kim O'Neil and find out more. AT&S Concludes Q1 2017/18 with Significant Revenue Growth and Improved Earnings After more than one year of production at the plants in Chongqing, China, which initially had a significant influence on the profitability of AT&S, a clear upward trend is showing and, consequently, a positive development of revenue and earnings compared with the previous year. TTM Technologies to Exhibit at the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo TTM Technologies, Inc. will be exhibiting at the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo North America 2017 at Booth 1013. The expo runs Sep- tember 12–14. Technical experts will be available at the booth to answer printed circuit board de- sign, manufacturing, and assembly-related ques- tions. IPC Reports Strong PCB Order Growth in June IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Indus- tries has posted the June 2017 findings from its monthly North American PCB statistical program. Strong PCB order growth moved the book-to- bill ratio up to 1.08 in June, while sales remained sluggish. Victory Giant Technology: The Qualified Forerunner of PCB Smart Factories The topic of the July issue of PCB007's China On- line Magazine is "Automatic PCB Factories," focus- ing on the pressures of cost, delivery time and pro- cess, and the irreversible trend toward automated PCB factories. Centering on this theme, we inter- viewed Andy Zhou, COO of Victory Giant Technol- ogy (HuiZhou) Co. Ltd. Catching up with American Standard Circuits' Joe Nickerson Dan Beaulieu had the chance recently to sit down with Camtech Technologies founder and President Joe Nickerson, now the newly appointed American Standard Circuits' VP of sales, to discuss Camtech Technologies and his new role with American Stan- dard Circuits. It was an interesting talk. EPTE Newsletter: M-Tech 2017 Tokyo Big Sight hosted the Mechanical Compo- nent & Materials Technology Expo (M-Tech) on June 21. The three-day show included the 21 st De- sign Engineering & Manufacturing Solutions Expo (DMS), the 25th 3D Virtual Reality Expo (IVR) and the Medical Device Development Expo (MEDIX). Punching Out! Mid-2017 Report on the State of the N.A. PCB M&A Market One of the most popular questions we receive con- cerns the market for M&A. Here is our take on the current market for PCB shops in North America. In general, the PCB market in North America is not growing, which means that to grow, shops ei- ther must take market share from others, or grow through acquisitions. IPC: Department of Labor Releases RFI to Seek Information on Overtime Regulations This week, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a request for information (RFI) to gather additional feedback from the public on the overtime regula- tions, which define and delimit exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage and overtime requirements for certain executive, ad- ministrative, professional, outside sales and other employees. PCB007 Highlights

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