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Arlington, Va. — The Electronic Components, Assemblies and Materials Association (ECA) has acquired CARTS, the leading technology conference and exposition for passive components.CARTS USA 2004, the 24th Capacitor and Resistor Technology Symposium, will be held March 29 to April 1 in San Antonio, Texas. CARTS Europe will be held October 18 to 21 in Nice, France. ECA purchased CARTS from the Components Technology Institute (CTI). CTI will continue to manage CARTS during the next two years as ECA takes an increasingly more active role. ECA and CTI will establish a CARTS advisory board that will include officers from both organizations and senior-level executives from leading electronic component companies.CARTS will join an ECA conference lineup that includes the International Relay Conference (IRC), the Electronic Distribution Show (EDS), the Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC), and the International Wire and Cable Symposium (IWCS).The Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA) represents manufacturers and producers of passive and active electronic components, component arrays and assemblies, and materials and support services. For more information, visit www.ec-central.org.