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Taiwan-based flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) makers are likely to be forced to lower their prices in order to fend off competition from Japan-based rivals for securing more orders from Apple, according to a Digitimes report.
Buoyed by increasing production capacity at its plant in Malaysia, Japan-based PCB maker Ibiden has geared its efforts to solicit more orders from Apple, a move which may affect orders for Taiwan-based PCB suppliers including Unimicron Technology, Unitech Printed Circuit Board and Compeq Manufacturing.
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I-Connect007 Editorial Team
We asked for you to send in your questions for Happy Holden, and you took us up on it! The questions you've posed run the gamut, covering technology, the worldwide fab market, and everything in between. Enjoy.
Barry Matties, I-Connect007
The I-Connect007 team had the pleasure of meeting with Takayuki Hidehira at the MicroCraft booth at productronica, where they had on display their new eight-probe flying tester, fully equipped with autoloader and new ease-of-use software. Takayuki discusses where flying probe testers currently stand in the market and MicroCraft’s observation of the rise of captive PCB shops in Japan.
Gene Weiner, Weiner International Inc.
IPC APEX EXPO 2017 was the best in five or more years. The 60th annual meeting drew a crowd. The meetings were good. The mood was upbeat. There were reports of new orders from Asia as well as the Americas, and news of increasing business from the show floor. IPC membership was up in all its regions to more than 4,000.