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In this issue, we examine how fabs work with their design customers, educating them on the critical elements of fabrication needed to be successful, as well as the many tradeoffs involved. How well do you really know your customer? What makes for a closer, more synchronized working relationship?
In this issue, the biggest names in PCB manufacturing share their economic outlook for the upcoming year and beyond. As you will see, they were all bullish on our industry, but there was some apprehension as well. No one wants to get burned by another the supply chain disruption.
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Arlon Appoints Jason Maupin as COOJanuary 18, 2023 | Arlon EMD
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Arlon announced the addition of Jason Maupin as Chief Operating Officer. In this role Mr. Maupin will oversee Arlon’s specialty materials business as well as EMC’s laminate distribution business in N. America. This hiring move is the result of Arlon’s current President, Brad Foster announcing his intent to retire in early 2023, after 21 years with Arlon.
“Hiring Jason is a very good move for the organization. He brings sound business practices, industry knowledge, and strong leadership skills to Arlon. These will be needed as Arlon and EMC look to grow business in N. America.”, commented Mr. Foster.
Mr. Maupin brings to Arlon over 25 years of electronics industry experience. He comes to Arlon from Dymax Corporation, where he was the Chief Commercial Officer. Before that, Mr. Maupin was Regional President of Enthone, a specialty chemical provider to the printed circuit, semi-conductor and general metal finishing industries. Prior to entering the commercial sector, Mr. Maupin was in the US Navy from 1991-1996, where he served on the Fast Attack submarine USS Jefferson City.
“As a result of EMC’s acquisition, Arlon is now uniquely positioned in N. America to leverage product portfolios, R&D capabilities, and the financial strength of EMC to rapidly introduce new products, expand Arlon’s capacity, and upgrade manufacturing. These advancements will enable Arlon to increase product offerings into core customers as well as expand globally into other markets. This is an exciting opportunity to combine two truly unique organizations and offer the best of both to OEM and fabricator customers”, stated Mr. Maupin.
About Arlon: Arlon EMD is a US manufacturer of specialty materials. Arlon has supplied materials for the North American, UK, European, Israeli and Asian markets for more than 35 years from their manufacturing location in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
About EMC: Elite Material Co. Ltd. (EMC), established in 1992 as a copper clad (CCL) and prepreg manufacturer, has become the global leader in the manufacture and supply of Halogen free CCL materials. Elite’s highly skilled Research & Development team has developed a family of materials from mid-loss to extreme low loss products. These materials are designed in complex PCB’s; mSAP, IC substrate, high layer count (HLC)/ high speed digital (HSD) and radio frequency (RF) products.
After working for a capital equipment supplier for almost 50 years, I’ve found that the most important part of getting to know your vendor is good communication among all parties. While contact between fabricators of a constantly changing product line and the designers of those products may occur daily or weekly, conversations between you and your equipment supplier may be years apart. That lengthy gap often means that previous contacts may have been promoted, retired, or moved on to other opportunities. You may have also migrated to a new supplier with whom you have little or no history. In either case, you will be interacting with someone you are unfamiliar with (as they are with you). Therefore, it is essential for both sides to communicate clearly so expectations will align.
The opening session of the second day’s conference proceedings focused on global PCB trends and was introduced and moderated by Dr. Michele Stampanoni, vice president of strategic sales and business development at Cicor Group in Switzerland. He opened the session with Dr. Hayao Nakahara’s knowledgeable and enlightening video presentation on the IC substrates industry.
The 2024 Winter Conference of the EIPC took place January 30 and 31 at the IHK Academie in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. The keynote session will be reported separately. Here is my review of the first day’s conference proceedings.
Electrodeposition comes down to fundamentals. In the early days of plating, many users considered the nuances of metallization as black magic. Those days are long gone. Having a thorough understanding of the critical parameters that influence electrodeposition will determine success.
High Density Packaging User Group (HDP) is pleased to announce that Shikoku Chemicals Corporation (Shikoku) has become a member.