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The upcoming release of Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6S series, which will feature Force Touch technology, is expected to drive demand for flexible PCBs (FPCBs) as Apple is set to increase its orders from Taiwanese firms Zhen Ding Technology and Flexium Interconnect, according to a Digitimes report. This is expected to boost sales of both Zhen Ding and Flexium for the second half of 2015.
In addition, HDI PCB manufacturers Compeq Manufacturing and Unimicron Technology are both expected to see their quarterly revenues register sequential growth through the last quarter of 2015, the Digitimes report added, as both are reportedly PCB suppliers in Apple's supply chain.
Nolan Johnson, PCB007
Twenty-plus years is a long time to lead a business during a long decline in the industry, but IMI President and CEO Peter Bigelow remains quite confident about the future. The company is in a strong financial position, running well, and looking at new technologies. So, what’s his biggest challenge? It’s not much different than any other manufacturer you talk to, and while he may not have all the answers, he’s clearly got insight to share.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
It’s almost as if upheaval is the new normal. We often describe slow-moving but unstoppable change as moving in “geologic time.” But occasionally–like an earthquake–geology shifts suddenly. Here in my office, tracking the news of the industry, things are moving faster than geologic time, but more slowly than the jolt of an earthquake. The wave seems almost surfable, where before it seemed overwhelming. In this week’s list, we bring news from five different, high-vibration areas in our industry. If you read nothing else this week, these five items will keep you informed.
Christopher Bonsell, Chemcut
This year, I had the great opportunity to come to IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego as a contributing member in Chemcut’s booth. Being an exhibitor is always interesting because you never know what you will learn or who you will meet. Truly, it seems that every IPC APEX EXPO is an eye-opening experience. This was the second show I attended, and last year I was amazed to see how in-depth and interconnected the electronics industry is. Seeing how many different companies contribute to manufacturing today’s core technology never fails to impress me.