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Taiwan-based Ichia Technologies, which manufactures flexible PCBs as well as mechanical integrated components, has reported pre-tax profits of NT$97 million ($3.2 billion) for the second quarter of 2018 following five straight quarters of losses, according to Digitimes. However, the company generated pre-tax losses of NT$26 million in the first half of 2018.
Ichia saw its June revenues fall 10% sequentially to NT$573 million due mainly to a temporary shutdown of part of its production lines in Suzhou, China, where the Suzhou Environmental Protection Bureau has launched a probe into Ichia’s local plant following accusations that it discharged polluted wastewater, and ordered it improve its wastewater processing as soon as possible. The probe, which took place between May 23 and June 27, has prompted Ichia to suspend part of its etching and copper plating production lines.
Digitimes quoted Ichia CEO Larry Sun as saying that the incident, which already affected Ichia's June revenues, will continue to impact the company's revenues in July. The Suzhou plant is expected to return to full capacity later in July.
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
The EIPC Winter Conference returned to the Metropolis of Lyon in eastern France this month. In 2018, the venue was Villeurbanne in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Five years later the setting was the Groupama Stadium in Décines-Charpieu, and leaders of the European printed circuit community gathered in expectation of a spectacular programme of 16 presentations, a visit to a nuclear power station, and an invaluable networking opportunity. They weren’t disappointed.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
Candor Industries is a PCB fabricator investing in UHDI fabrication capabilities in Canada. To support advanced packaging, as well as the current pace of IC process shrinks, PCB fabrication capabilities must shrink to keep up. Sunny Patel, Candor’s technical sales manager, brings us up to speed on what Candor has learned in their journey to add UHDI. What we gain from this interview is that, while certainly not insignificant, the stretch to add UHDI may be not as far as one might think.
Christopher Bonsell, Chemcut
When it comes to obtaining high-quality images, many different factors come into play. Typically, most of these factors come down to your imaging equipment and cleanroom; however, there are factors involved in the etching process that can affect the quality of your image. Here are five steps to ensure your etching process is optimized for the best image quality.