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June 2017
EIPC Summer Conference
Steve Payne attended the EIPC Summer Conference at the Best Western Plus Manor Hotel, Solihull, UK. Two days of excellent presentations covering the entire supply chain of PCB fabrication with innovative products new developments and materials among many of the highlights.

May 2017
Steve Payne attended the EIPC 2nd Workshop on PCB Bio-MEMs This was a really excellent event, well attended with very high quality papers given by excellent speakers covering Lab-on-a-PCB and other medical applications for requiring advanced PCB and related technologies.

March 2017
IMAPS UK MicroTech Conference
Steve Payne attended the IMAPS UK MicroTech Conference at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories in Oxford. Always a highly informative event this was no exception with a wide selection of excellent papers covering advanced packaging and technology trends. This was preceded by an excellent Networking Dinner held at the “Rasoi” Indian Restaurant in the Steventon House Hotel the evening before. Steve also attended the Institute of Circuit Technology’s (CT) AGM and Council meeting (being the current Vice Chair of the Institute) which was followed by Spring Evening Seminar.

November 2016
IPC 6012 Automotive & Medical Addendums
Steve Payne attended Electronica Exhibition and Conference in Munich in early November. Steve also participated in the IPC 6012DA Automotive Addendum Working Group and the IPC 6012 & 6013 Medical Addendum Working Group. The Working Groups examine the requirements for high reliability and durability of PCB and PCB assemblies in critical automotive applications which experience harsh environments and medical devices in life critical applications, both of which require specific and unique considerations. Contact Steve Payne for further information.

October 2016
European Microwave Week
Jeremy Rygate attended the EMW 2016 Event (European Microwave Week) at Excel Centre in London. Cirflex are experienced with the specialised PCB dielectric materials and fabrication techniques for microwave circuits that today find wide ranging applications from aerospace and defence to automotive. Contact Jeremy Rygate for further information.

September 2016
Institute of Circuit Technology Event
Steve Payne attended the ICT (Institute of Circuit Technology) Council Meeting and Evening Seminar at Hayling Island, UK. Steve is Vice Chair of the ICT.

August 2016
August the time for vacation for most hosted an event that Steve Payne attended. Best described as a gaming festival which featured the latest and greatest in computer games and hardware. YouTube stars took to the stage and over 66,000 attended. Note that the gaming industry was valued at ~$92bn in 2015 and growing fast with hardware comprising of specialized PC’s, game consuls and mobile devices being a significant business sector.

July 2016
Industry 4.0 / Smart Factory
Cirflex attended an event on Industry 4.0 / Smart Factory. A new buzzword or how industry can utilise the Internet of Things (IoT). Industry 4.0 who some say a revolution or an evolution of the production line thru the supply chain to the end user / consumer to deliver demand solutions (performance capability & volume), cost efficiencies and vastly improved quality of goods and services.

June 2016
ICT Annual Symposium
Both Steve Payne and Jeremy Rygate attended this event, set in very elegant surroundings, enhanced by the National Motorcycle Museum. Papers included a very interesting keynote presentation by Alun Morgan on Vehicle Electronics

May 2016
Adopting new PCB laminates qualification
Cirflex has a wealth of experience in material selection, stack-ups and Controlled Impedance calculations. We can offer assistance in developing the most appropriate build / material suites for M/L (rigid and flex), Flexi-rigid, HDI, Microwave PCBs etc. and would urge that this exercise is adopted as soon as possible in the design loop. Utilising our production experience we can identify the most cost effective and technically capable solution both for individual designs, whole projects and as an ongoing service. We can assist with the qualification of new materials e.g. UL, customer qualification, technical acceptability, internal testing. We can also assist with integration of new materials into your ERP system.

April 2016
Medical Electronics – electronic packa
High reliability with cost effective design for manufacture is what Cirflex can provide their clients involved with medical electronic devices. Cirflex is experienced with the design and application of all forms of PCB and flexible circuits including stretchable circuits. Cirflex offer all this with absolute confidentiality which is critically important when supporting their clients’ new product launch.

March 2016
ICT Evening Seminar and AGM, Tewkesbury
Jeremy Rygate attended this event and took the opportunity to meet up with one of our current clients. These events always offer opportunities to have both planned and un-planned meetings!

February 2016
Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Sho
Jeremy Rygate attended this show and liaised with several suppliers and fabricators. He also attended an interesting presentation on 3D printing, which offers great potential for the PCB industry in the future.

January 2016
The Sales Pipeline & CRM tools
The Sale process can be complex when considering your customer’s supply chain organisation. Centralizing all of your Sales information within your CRM system will enable you to improve your conversion rate and determine when and how the sale was lost and avoid the same pitfall with future opportunities. Cirflex has experience of adopting CRM tools from various providers.

October 2015
SEMICON EUROPA Dresden – Automotive El
Steve Payne attended SEMICON in Dresden this month and then participated in an iNEMI Automotive Electronics Workshop. Automotive electronics is an area that Steve specialises in, particularly the technologies associated with interconnection and packaging.

September 2015
DSEI, Excel, London
Jeremy Rygate attended this event which is the world’s largest defence exhibition, featuring land, sea and air products and technologies. This is always a highlight in the calendar, held every two years.

June 2015
ICT Annual Symposium, Black Country Muse
Cirflex was well represented at the ICT Annual Symposium at Black Country Museum with both Jeremy Rygate and Steve Payne attending. It was an excellent event, with the delegates enjoying 7 very good presentations and a lunch of fish and chips cooked in beef dripping!

May 2015
SMT Hybrid Packaging Show - Nuremberg
Steve Payne attended SMT Hybrid Packaging show which is primarily an exhibition with conference seminars taking place within the exhibition halls. Cirflex has particular expertise in organic semiconductor packaging.

April 2015
SMT Hybrid Packaging 2015
Steve Payne will be attending this years event in Nuremberg on 5th and 6th of May and looks forward to meeting old and new clients. Don't hesitate to contact Steve to arrange to meet up.

March 2015
Microtech IMAPS Annual Conference
A busy month for Steve Payne as he was elected Vice Chairman of the ICT (Institute of Circuit Technology) at their AGM and followed this by presenting on the 2015 iNEMI Road Map and Research Projects. Later in the month as a member of IMAPS, Steve attended their Annual Conference at Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, near Oxford.

February 2015
Southern Manufacturing Electronics Show
Jeremy Rygate attended the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show, with nearly 600 exhibitors and numerous seminars, the show provided plenty of interest for everyone in a wide variety of disciplines. Steve Payne headed in a different direction as a member of the Industrial Steering Committee of IeMRC, he attended its last Annual Conference at Loughborough University on the 17th of the month.

January 2015
Automotive Electronics
Automotive Electronics is a recurring theme for Cirflex. Steve Payne gave a presentation at the techUK offices in London on 'Challenges of Miniaturisation in Automotive Electronics'. Please contact Steve for copies of this presentation.

December 2014
The Swiss Winter Wonderland
December saw Jeremy Rygate and Steve Payne on a business trip to Switzerland. A beautiful country and also a centre for some exceptionally capable PCB fabricators. Cirflex can provide highly effective sales and marketing support in addition to technical advice.

November 2014
Showcase for Business
Jeremy Rygate attended this regional event which provides support for both new and mature businesses. A few interesting ideas were displayed by exhibitors and presentations.

October 2014
Automotive Electronics
October found Steve Payne on business trips to Belgium and importantly attend the Annual AESIN Conference at the University of Warwick. AESIN is an organisation for UK Automotive Electronics, an area that we are active in. Cirflex can provide beneficial advice on electronic interconnection and packaging.

September 2014
ESTC Conference
As part of his role with iNEMI, Steve Payne attended the ESTC Conference in Helsinki. Some brilliant papers within a truly international forum.

August 2014
Cirflex invests in IT infrastructure
Cirflex uprated its Broadband speed to 70Gb as part of its continuing investment.

July 2014
Farnborough Airshow
Much more than an Air Show - more a venue to show the latest in aeronautical technology! Jeremy Rygate attended this two yearly international event, which is always exciting and an opportunity to meet up with many old colleagues, customers and suppliers.

June 2014
ICT Annual Seminar
Steve Payne attended the ICT Annual Symposium held this year at the Swindon Railway Steam Museum.

May 2014
The Business Show
Nothing can stop Jeremy and Steve's continuing activities in networking with a wide variety of business arenas. Everything you need to know about your business and how to run it can be found at this show.

April 2014
National Electronics Week
The double act of Jeremy Rygate and Steve Payne again attened N.E.W. this month. A wide range of exhibitors included PCB manufacturers, designers, suppliers into the industry and of course OEMs.

March 2014
ICT Seminar & AGM
Steve Payne attended the ICT AGM and evening seminar; always well attended with a highly informative program.

February 2014
Southern Manufacturing Electronics Show
Jeremy Rygate and Steve Payne attended the show and despite high winds (which caused the show to finish early) there was still a good turn out to see the 700 exhibitors and various seminars on offer.

November 2013
Cirflex will be visiting Productronica, Munich on 14th November and would be delighted to meet up with any old (or new) acquaintances. If you fancy a chat about new technologies or catching up on old times over a drink or Bratwurst please email or call us.

September 2013
ICT Seminar at Hayling Island
Cirflex attended the ICT Seminar at Hayling Island, UK on September 26th which was very well represented. The theme of the seminar was young people (starting a career in technology). One of the highlights was a presentation by Daniel Jubb, his background from an interest in rocketry to his current focus on the Bloodhound Project, which is a jet and rocket powered car designed to push the land speed record beyond 1,000 miles per hour.

September 2013
IeMRC Conference
Cirflex attended the 8th Annual IeMRC Conference at Loughborough University on September 25th. There were four sessions: Accelerating Innovation, Flexible Electronics, Sustainability, and Nanoelectronics. The IeMRC is one of the Manufacturing Research Centres set up and supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), focusing on the electronics manufacturing sector. Cirflex is represented on the Industrial Steering Group of the IeMRC.

September 2013
DSEI, Excel
Cirflex attended the DSEI, Excel on September 10th and linked up with one of our clients, Trackwise, who were showcasing their Improved Harness Technology. This utilises large format M/L flexible PCBs which offer an alternative to conventional wiring harnesses.

February 2013
Southern Manufacturing and Electronics e
In keeping with tradition over recent years, Cirflex attended the Southern Manufacturing and Electronics exhibition (SME) at Farnborough on February 14th

February 2013
ICT Seminar
Jeremy Rygate, Director of Cirflex, attended the ICT Seminar on February 6th in beautiful Arundel. The audience was entertained by four papers, including a fascinating discussion on a new PCB finish (Semblant) presented by Tim Gee

September 2012
IeMRC Conference
Cirflex attended the 7th Annual IeMRC Conference at Loughborough University on September 5th where they were treated to 10 very varied presentations including discussions on Pyrolectric Detectors, Assembly, Test and PCBs.

September 2012
ICT Seminar
Cirflex attended the ICT Seminar at the Newtown House Hotel, Hayling Island on 4th September. Delegates were treated to four very varied presentations from Steve Driver, Andrew Kelly, Dr. Pavel Shashkov and Nigel Risner.

June 2012
ICT Annual Symposium
Cirflex attended the ICT Annual Symposium at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on 12th June 2012 and continued to support the event through a table top stand. The venue is always a delight with its iconic aircraft offering additional interest to participants after several stimulating ICT presentations.

April 2012
Softapps Engineering Services
Cirflex has engaged with Softapps Engineering Services, an Indian CAM service provider, to carry out market research into the potential for sub contract CAM work in the UK PCB market.

March 2012
Dutch based international company
Cirflex Technology is pleased to announce that it has engaged with an expanding Dutch based International company to develop and enhance the group’s Engineering procedures. This initial project will include rationalising the procedures across all its Departments worldwide, to ensure zero ambiguity and consistent Engineering techniques, as well as providing rules for clean data generation and sound advice to customers.

February 2012
ICT meeting and SEM show
A busy month saw Cirflex attending the ICT meeting at Arundel on 8th February and the SME show at Farnborough on 15th. Both proved enjoyable events and we were particularly pleased to speak to several PCB manufacturers about the (usual) trials and tribulations of making Printed Circuit Boards.

January 2012
Cirflex Technology is delighted to announce that it has engaged with UK based PCB manufacturer, Trackwise, to provide technical consultation and support for an exciting new flexible PCB project. The enterprise focuses on manufacturing ultra-long PCBs, particularly flex and flex-rigid, as a replacement for conventional wiring harnesses. Trackwise is based in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire and is a world leader in RF and Antenna PCB manufacture. For more information on the project, see

December 2011
Productronica 2011
Cirflex Technology attended Productronica in November and met up with many customers, suppliers and friends both old and new. Deep and meaningful discussions were interspersed with those of a more humorous and reflective nature. The mood at the show was generally buoyant and optimistic despite the present financial climate. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

November 2011
Jeremy Rygate joins Cirflex Technology
Cirflex Technology is pleased to anounce that Jeremy Rygate has joined the company as a consultant. Jeremy has 31 years experience in the Printed Circuit Board industry with particular knowledge in Technical and Engineering aspects of design and manufacture.

September 2008
Institute of Circuit Technology
Steve Payne, Director of Cirflex and past Chairman of the Institute of Circuit Technology serves on the council of the ICT who met at London’s Canal Museum this month; a most interesting venue, just north of King’s Cross Station. The ICT was established as a forum for discussion on technology matters relating to printed circuit interconnection. This has now been expanded to include their assembly and related technology. The ICT provides opportunities for its membership to improve their knowledge of manufacturing process technologies, materials, and practices through research, discussion and seminars around the country

June 2008
ICT Annual Symposium
Steve Payne as Chairman of the ICT welcomed the audience to the Scottish venue of Tweed Horizons Centre in the Borders. Dr. Peter Hughes OBE, Chief Executive of Scottish Engineering gave an inspiring and musical key note speech to get the 34th ICT conference off to a splendid start. In his welcoming address, Steve Payne was confident that the UK will continue to play an important role in the innovation, design and fabrication of printed circuit boards; from flexible circuits to the most complex multilayer structures and emerging technologies, such as printed electronics.

May 2008
Cirflex Golf Outing
Work hard – play hard. This month saw the Cirflex annual golf outing take a long weekend to Spain. The Calpe area proved a marvellous venue, with 4 local courses being played. Mixed weather did not dampen some excellent golf. Sad to say the company ball retriever extensively used in the front 9 of the first course, suffered irreparable damage and had to be left behind as a memento to fellow golfers passing the 14th hole at the splendid Oliva Nova Golf Club.

April 2008
Polymer Thick Film Circuits.
Cirflex has undertaken a review of UK and European polymer thick film circuit producers. Often known under the Membrane Switch banner, the manufacture of circuitry through the screen printing of conductive (Ag) inks onto polyester substrates has applications in many areas such as touch screens, touch panels, as well as membrane switches.

March 2008
Conductive Inkjet Technologies
Cirflex have been appointed by CIT (Conductive Inkjet Technologies) of Cambridge, UK to undertake an initial market review for their contract manufacturing service. CIT’s technology is based upon inkjet printing of a catalytic ink onto which copper can be electroless plated. This enables from low to high volume & high product mix circuitry at very low cost. Pease contact Cirflex or CIT ( for further information.

February 2008
ICT Chairman
Steve Payne, Managing Director of Cirflex was elected as Chairman of the ICT for another 2 years. Steve commented that the last year had been most significant for the development of the Institute, which has now reached 200 members with numerous activities across the UK. For information on membership please go to

January 2008
IeMRC Industrial Steering Group
Steve Payne of Cirflex was honoured to join the IeMRC’s Industrial Steering Group for industrial representation on all aspects of PCB technology. The mission of the Innovative electronics Manufacturing Research Centre (IeMRC) is to establish a centre of expertise through which UK industry can access and influence research in electronics manufacturing.

December 2007
SiP, System-in-Package
SiP is not just the latest buzzword in electronic interconnection and packaging but an enabling technology, which may be thought of as 3-dimensional MCM. A recent TWI workshop on SiP attended by Steve Payne of Cirflex was well attended with some excellent papers describing real applications from aerospace to medical electronics. Please contact Cirflex or further information.

November 2007
Productronica, Munich
The Managing Director and Company Secretary of Cirflex attended the recent Productronica event in Munich. The exhibition, the largest of its kind in Europe, displays a multitude of production equipments and materials used in electronic interconnection and assembly. Cirflex undertakes various project tasks at Productronica and other similar events on behalf of clients either unable to attend themselves, or for whom being accompanied by experienced industry representatives is of particular benefit.

October 2007
New Office for Cirflex
The increased level of business in Asia has necessitated additional office space being acquired at the Waterhouse Business Centre in the centre of Chelmsford. Steve Payne, Managing Director of Cirflex explained that the additional 400 sq. ft. was essential for the increased project activity in China. Contact details for Cirflex remain the same.

September 2007
Cirflex at the ICT Annual Symposium.
The Institute of Circuit Technology’s annual symposium is the flagship event for the ICT, bringing together top industrialists and academics under the theme of printed circuit technology. Cirflex has supported this event in recent years through a tabletop stand.

August 2007
Copenhagen to China Visit
A busy month for Cirflex sees its consultants activities span the global electronics industry providing technical and marketing advice and support for their clients in Europe and Asia. Cirflex is well situated and experienced to offer local and immediate advice when and where needed in all aspects of electronic interconnection and packaging.

July 2007
Consultants to Chinese FPC Plant
Cirflex have been awarded a contract by Zastron (part of Nam Tai group), to support the initial phases of process and equipment selection for a new FPC plant in China. In particular Cirflex will advise on the use of vacuum sputter deposition of copper onto polyimide films as part of a semi-additive process for high volume FPC down to 25-micron pattern resolution

June 2007
European Printed Circuit Conference
The EIPC summer conference and exhibition was held on June 14-15 in Edinburgh. Steve Payne, Lead Consultant of Cirflex attended as Chairman of the ICT and was joined by Bill Wilkie, Technical Director of the ICT at the ICT Stand. The event was very successful, with attendees from across Europe all with a common interest in printed circuit technology.

April 2007
Laser system for Flex Circuit Production
Cirflex has entered into an agreement with PRECO, Inc. of Lenexa, Kansas, USA to provide consulting services to support the sales and marketing of their FlexPro Laser system and other products to the UK and European PCB and Flex Circuit industry. PRECO have unique experience of building production equipment for roll-to-roll and panel production of flexible circuits. For more information go to or contact Cirflex direct.

March 2007
New Chairman of ICT
Steve Payne, Managing Director of Cirflex Technology Ltd. has recently been elected as Chairman of the Institute of Circuit Technology. This is Steve’s second tenure as Chairman and he sees the role as even more demanding in this fast changing segment of the Electronics Industry The ICT established in 1974, provides a forum for networking and technical dissemination to individuals who are professionally or academically involved or interested in printed circuit technology.

February 2007
Embedded Passive Components
The MTEC 2007 - Sensors & Measurement Technology Exhibition at the NEC on Valentines Day provided the venue for Cirflex’s presentation on embedded passive components. The event organised by IMAPS proved popular. A detailed revue of buried resistor, capacitor and inductor technologies were given to an audience from wide-ranging industry sectors. Please contact Cirflex for a copy of the presentation.

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