Prototron Names Al Fisher Inside Sales Manager

Dave Ryder, president of Prototron Circuits of Redmond, Washington and Tucson, Arizona, has announced the appointment of industry veteran Al Fisher to the newly-created position of inside sales manager. In this new position Fisher will be responsible for all inside sales activities for both Prototron facilities. These responsibilities include: Managing the inside sales team, supporting the outside sales team, improving quote turn-around time, business development, and promoting exceptional cust...

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European PCB Industry Background

The PCB fabrication industry is a key supplier to a wide range of EU-based electronics assemblers, systems manufacturers and end-users across many strategically important industry sectors, all of whom will also directly benefit from this project as a consequence of being able to source circuit board assemblies with enhanced reliability at more competitive prices. Approximately 300,000 people are employed in the design and assembly of electronics in the European Union. In recent years the electr...

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Uyemura to Provide Solutions to eSurface Licensees

eSurface Technologies the developer of the eSurface manufacturing process for PCBs, has confirmed that Uyemura, USA, has become an eSurface Certified Supplier, effective immediately. Uyemura will support the eSurface licensee’s needs for products in the facilitation of the eSurface process. “This is an opportunity to integrate our industry-leading technology into the eSurface process and be a vital part of the where the PCB industry is headed, stated Don Walsh, director of Operations for Uyemur...

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Invotec Group strengthens in Germany

PCB manufacturer, Invotec Group, has appointed Thomas Witt and Monika Braun as Sales Agent and Sales Assistant for Germany. Thomas joins the company with experience as a Sales Account Manager, primarily within the high reliability PCB sector, whilst Monika has a customer service background in the PCB industry with a particular focus on quick turnaround orders. Both Thomas and Monika will be based in Nagold in the south west of Germany. Matt Bowman, Invotec Group’s Sales Director, commented: “W...

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Electronic components and assemblies expect moderate growth

The German market for printed circuit boards is forecasted to grow 3.9% in 2014, reaching a value of around EUR 1.43 billion. The semiconductor market will grow by 5.4 percent to EUR 11.2 billion, says Dr. Wolfgang Bochtler, Chairman of the industry association ZVEI PCB and Electronic Systems. However, the market for Thin Film Circuits will have to cope with a decline of 2.3 percent to EUR 540 million. The entire market segment (PCBs, thin film circuits, electromechanical and passive component...

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IPC PCB Industry Results 2014

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced the March findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales were up in March and the book-to-bill ratio strengthened, returning to positive territory.Positive Sales Growth Returns Total North American PCB shipments increased 4.8 percent in March 2014 from March 2013, strengthening year-to-date shipment growth to -0.8 percent. Compared to the previous month, PCB shipments jumped 18.9 ...

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News from the European PCB Industry

News from the EIPC- Review Reliability Testing and Failure Analysis - Lessons Learned, EIPC / IPC Roadshow Workshop News from Germany- WUS Printed Circuits and Schweizer Electronic concluded an exclusive long-term agreement on the cooperation for the production of High Frequency Printed Circuit Boards (HF PCBs) for the global automotive and industrial market- Seica SpA at SMT Hybrid Packaging, Nuremberg, May 6 - 8 2014, Hall A1, Booth 7-151 News from Israel- Eltek Reports Fourth Quarter and Fu...

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EIPC Speednews: News from the European PCB Industry

EIPC and IPC Announce 2014 Workshop IPC and EIPC are working together to bring educational workshops to Europe in 2014. During April, Dr. Martin Anselm, Universal Instruments Corporation, will present two half-day workshops in the UK and Germany on failure analysis and reliability testing. Dr. Anselm is a frequent lecturer at IPC events and has consistently been rated as one of IPC’s best instructors. Sign up for one or both workshops. German PCB market February sales figures increased 4.4% ...

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Challenges the PCB Industry Will Face this Decade

A new report from Research and Markets, titled “Global printed circuit board Industry 2012-2017: Trends, Profits and Forecast Analysis,” was recently released. In addition to giving an outlook on the growth of the PCB industry, the report also looks at various challenges that circuit board manufacturers can expect to face in the coming years. It is no secret that consumers have come to demand the latest and greatest in terms of what their technology can offer them. In addition to communication d...

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Germany's PCB Industry Sustains Growth

Germany's PCB market posted a 4.4% growth in February compared to the same period last year, according to the Central Association of the PCB and Electronic Systems. Cumulative growth for the first two months of the year went up by 5.6% from last year. Order intake rose by 20.2% YoY--the second highest order intake rate for the past 30 months (next to January's 32.4% YoY growth ). Book-to-Bill ratio meanwhile reached 1.13.

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Advanced Circuits Marks 25 Years in PCB Industry

Advanced Circuits, Inc., the third largest PCB fabricator in North America, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Advanced Circuits has been the leader in the PCB industry in quality and on-time delivery for prototype through large scale production manufacturing. From the beginning in April 1989, Advanced Circuits has grown from a five-person board shop to over 500 employees in three facilities across the United States. “Advanced Circuits has experienced consistent growth since its establishme...

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Report Recommendation: IPC's Forecast for N.A. PCB Industry

2012-2013 Analysis & Forecast for the PCB Industry in North AmericaPublished by IPC, July, 2013IPC Member Price: $450.00Standard Price: $600.00 Why are we guessing? How many times have taken part in a discussion about our business and started guessing about the size of the market, how much business is left in North America, or what the size of the flex market is? I know that it happens to me all the time. I have to ask, “Why are we guessing?” Why are we guessing when we have all of this i...

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IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for February 2014

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announced today the February findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Year-on-year sales growth was flat in February, but the book-to-bill ratio strengthened. Industry Performance Remains Below Last Year Total North American PCB shipments decreased 0.5 percent in February 2014 from February 2013. Year-to-date shipment growth remained negative compared to the same period in 2013, but is improvin...

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IPC: Global PCB Hits $60 Billion in 2012

The world market for pcbs reached nearly $60 billion in 2012, with 1.7 percent real growth over 2011, according to IPC’s World PCB Production Report for the Year 2012. Published annually, the report contains estimates of 2012 PCB production value by product category and by country, as well as commentary on PCB industry trends in each region and worldwide. It also includes special reports on specialty laminates contributed by Prismark Partners and metal core boards from BPA Consulting. Histor...

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Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Industry Reports

Trends in North American Flexible Circuit Book-to-Bill Ratio The monthly North American PCB Market Report provides timely data on PCB market size, sales and order growth, book-to-bill ratios and near-term forecasts. Data are reported for rigid PCBs and flexible circuits separately. The rigid PCB data are further segmented by company size tiers, and flex data includes trends in bare circuit versus assembly revenue sources. Trends in sales of boards to the military and medical markets are reporte...

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North American PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio Nearing Parity

IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for February 2014 BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, March 31, 2014 — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the February findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Year-on-year sales growth was flat in February, but the book-to-bill ratio strengthened. Industry Performance Remains Below Last Year Total North American PCB shipments decreased 0.5 percent in February 2014 from February 2013....

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EPTE Newsletter from Japan: New Champ of the PCB Industry

The global PCB industry continues to grow as business shifts from Western countries to Far Eastern countries. Japan was the leader in the industry for a number of years in terms of output value, but business continues to move to Taiwan. This business trend began a few years ago and helped Taiwan transition into a major player in the industry. The Taiwan Printed Circuit Association (TPCA) has not released the 2013 manufacturers’ ranking for Taiwan, but I am sure the top spot will go to a newcom...

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EPTE Newsletter from Japan: Slow Start for PCB Industry

The first quarter of 2014 is now in the history books and industry sales for January were sent to me recently. Listed below is a summary of this data compared to last year. Sales usually decline in January compared with December’s business and this year followed that trend. January PCB revenue was down for most of the industry in almost every country when compared month to month. Unfortunately, December 2013 was down compared with the previous month, so it looks like that trend continued into 2...

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Global And China Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Industry 2014

The report firstly introduced Printed circuit board(PCB) basic information included Printed circuit board(PCB) definition classification application industry chain structure industry overview; international market analysis, China domestic market analysis, Macroeconomic environment and economic situation analysis, Printed circuit board(PCB) industry policy and plan, Printed circuit board(PCB) product specification, manufacturing process, cost structure etc. then statistics Global and China key ma...

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Next-Generation Electronics and PCBs Will Require Smaller Capacitors

There is a lot of talk going on in consumer electronics and the engineering industry about the “next generation” of products in development. From ultra-HD displays to smaller and faster personal electronics, the future of the industry may rely on the quality and capability of smaller and smaller capacitors. Researchers from the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan say that they have developed a new way to shrink capacitors even further than they are now using the materials available...

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