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NCAB Group Acquires RedBoard Circuits in the USASeptember 3, 2021 | NCAB
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NCAB Group has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in RedBoard Circuits, LLC in the USA. RedBoard Circuits has five employees and is estimated to have a revenue of approximately US$5 million 2021. The acquisition is estimated to be accretive to NCABs earnings per share in 2021.
“We are very happy that RedBoard Circuits becomes part of NCAB Group,” said Martin Magnusson, president of NCAB Group USA. “RedBoard Circuits will contribute to NCAB Group’s objective to take on a leading position in the U.S PCB market. RedBoard Circuits brings additional value to our North American segment with increased ability to offer our customers superior quality and service as well as more volumes to our existing factories. We have the same value-driven organization and the same focus on providing our customers excellent quality and service.”
“Since the company was founded in 2009, RedBoard Circuits has served customers across the United States with high quality PCBs and excellent service. Becoming part of NCAB will give us even more leverage to support our customers,” said Peggy Harris, owner of RedBoard Circuits.
For this month's PCBAA Member Profile, the focus is on Hari Pillai, president, Technology Components, Sanmina. Hari says, "I think I’ve had a good dose of luck throughout my career. But beyond luck, I had a vision to become a general manager as far back as my undergraduate years. I made all my career decisions based on that. My evaluation criteria was always, “How does this opportunity get me closer to my goal?” Sometimes opportunities come from unexpected places."
Registration is one of the most important features for any PCB fabricator, but the capability for multilayers is a lot of work on the fabricator’s part. CAM settings, multilayer lamination, X-ray analysis, AOI measurements, imaging capability, and drill accuracy all play an important part in this capability. Software and panel parametric coupons are important because they aid in registration performance.
There are many ways, dozens to be sure, and most likely many more, to streamline a PCB design. My goal here is to pick a single-digit number of rules to abide by, that can be reasonably adhered to, and provide some bang for the buck. These rules are meant to reduce design scope creep, avoid PCB respins, and improve production yields.
November’s issue of Design007 Magazine had an excellent theme that evolved around design simplification. There were exceptionally good articles about how to reduce over-constrained or needlessly complex designs. One significant time-consuming category is the creation of many design files and drawings which lead to lengthy creation and interpretation time along with the considerable time to resolve conflicting or erroneous information.
On May 11, 2023, Reps. Blake Moore (R-UT) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced the Protecting Circuit Boards and Substrates (PCB) Act to Congress. In October, I had the great pleasure of discussing the bipartisan Protecting Circuit Boards and Substrates Act with Congressman Moore, who represents Utah’s First Congressional District. He shared his thoughts on how supporting and investing in the domestic PCB industry can help bolster American security.