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New, Reliable QC Routine for Solder Pastes Subject of Presentation at APEX 2004

(February 19, 2004) Breda, Holland — Ineke van Tiggelen-Aarden, technical director for Cobar Europe BV Holland, will present "A Fast, Precise and Reproducible QC-Rheometry Routine for Solder Paste" at APEX 2004, in the Solder Paste Printing Technical Session, Tuesday, February 24, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

NARM to Expand into Switches, Change Name; Signs Marketing Agreement with Cumulus

(February 19, 2004) Arlington, Va. — The National Association of Relay Manufacturers (NARM) announces plans for a name change and new programs that address the needs of switching device manufacturers.

Tin Technology Launches New Tinplate Group Members Web Site

GSI Lumonics Launches New Web Site

(February 18, 2004) Billerica, Mass. — GSI Lumonics Inc. announces the launch this month of its improved Web site.

JPSA Laser Announces UV Laser Marking Services, Capabilities

(February 18, 2004) Hollis, N.H. — JPSA Laser announces the availability of UV Laser marking services on materials such as glass, crystals, diamonds, sapphire, polymers, metals and glass.

NEMI Kicks Off 2004 Roadmap

(February 18, 2004) Herndon, Va. — The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) will kick off its 2004 roadmap March 24 through 25.

Alex Wong to Represent Pro-mation

(February 18, 2004) Kenosha, Wis. — Pro-mation Inc. announces that ZMC — Singapore has promoted Alex Wong to general manager.

R&D Funding Forecast Predicts Modest Overall Increases, Strong Federal Spending in 2004

(February 17, 2004) Columbus, Ohio — Total R&D expenditures in the United States are expected to increase about 2.5 percent from the $283.8 billion spent in 2003 to nearly $291 billion in 2004, according to the Battelle-R&D Magazine annual funding forecast.

Cornell Dubilier Acquires York Capacitor

(February 17, 2004) Liberty, S.C. and Winooski, Vt. — Cornell Dubilier has purchased York Capacitor Corp.

Marybeth Allen to Speak at IMAPS Chapter Meeting

(February 17, 2004) San Diego — KIC announces that on Thursday, February 19, 2004, Marybeth Allen will speak on the thermal process of LTCC at the IMAPS Orange Chapter Dinner Meeting.


Solectron to Sell SMART Modular Technologies Business

(February 17, 2004) Milpitas and Fremont, Calif. — Solectron Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to sell SMART Modular Technologies Inc. and its other affiliated SMART Modular Technologies companies to Texas Pacific Group, Francisco Partners and Shah Management.

Cadence Elects Tan to Its Board of Directors

(February 13, 2004) San Jose, Calif. — Cadence Design Systems Inc. announces that Lip-Bu Tan, chairman and founder of Walden International, has been elected to the Cadence Board of Directors.

IPC, Soldetec Global to Address Hot Lead-free Topics

(February 13, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries will join Soldertec Global, a division of Tin Technology, to sponsor the International Conference on Lead-free Electronics, held June 21 through 23, 2004, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Tecnomatix Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-year 2003 Results, New CEO

(February 13, 2004) Herzlia, Israel — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2003.

Universal, CeTaQ Announce Equipment Capability Assessment Service Cooperation

(February 13, 2004) Binghamton, N.Y. and Germany — Universal Instruments Global Services Division and CeTaQ GmbH have reached an agreement in principle to offer machine capability assessment services to surface mount equipment users requiring independent capability measurement and verification.

Soldertec Publishes Results of Electronics Industry Survey on Marking

(February 12, 2004) UK — Soldertec Global has published a summary of the results of its electronics industry survey, performed over the past few months, which illustrates the favored industry options on marking hazardous materials.

Solectron Prices $450 Million Convertible Senior Note Offering

(February 12, 2004) Milpitas, Calif. — Solectron Corp. announces the pricing of its $450 million of convertible senior notes due 2034 to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (Securities Act).

Visiprise Outperforms in 2003

(February 12, 2004) Atlanta — Visiprise announces that it has exceeded its financial and operating objectives for 2003.

Fox Electronics Adds Avnet Components Israel to International Distributor Network

(February 12, 2004) Fort Myers, Fla. and Tel Aviv — Fox Electronics has added Avnet Components Israel Ltd. to its network of global distributors.

Component Order Index Rises Again in January, Says ECA

(February 11, 2004) Arlington, Va. — The monthly order index compiled by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA) moved upward in January, confirming industry optimism during the last four months.


Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo, Enthone Agree to Strengthen EEJA Precious Metal Plating Process Business through Asia

(February 11, 2004) Tokyo and West Haven, Conn. — Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K. (TKK) and Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics company, have formed an agreement for strengthening their precious metal plating process business throughout Asia.

NEMI Publishes Research Priorities Document

(February 11, 2004) Herndon, Va. — The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) has published a research priorities document intended to serve as a resource to all who are tasked with directing R&D (both funding and execution) for the electronics manufacturing industry.

LaBarge to Acquire Pinnacle Electronics

(February 11, 2004) St. Louis and East Pittsburgh, Pa. — LaBarge has entered into a letter of intent to acquire Pinnacle Electronics LLC.

JPSA Laser Launches New, Expanded Web Site

(February 10, 2004) Hollis, N.H. — JPSA Laser has launched a new, expanded Web site on the foundations of the old.

Park Electrochemical Discontinues Financial Support of Its German Business

(February 10, 2004) Lake Success, N.Y. — Park Electrochemical Corp. is discontinuing financial support of Dielektra GmbH, its wholly owned subsidiary located in Cologne, Germany, which supplies electronic materials to European circuit board manufacturers.

Sanmina-SCI First to License Design and Fabrication Rights to Nortel Networks Channel Routing Technology

(February 10, 2004) San Jose, Calif. — Sanmina-SCI Corp. has become the first company to enter a worldwide licensing agreement under Nortel Networks "Channel Routing" Technology Licensing Program, authorizing it to both design and manufacture printed circuit boards using Nortel Networks' patented Channel Routing technology.

SMTA to Co-Organize NEPCON Shanghai High-Level Conference

(February 10, 2004) Minneapolis — During NEPCON Shanghai/Electronics Manufacturing Technology China (EMT China), taking place April 26 through 29 at the Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center, SMTA will co-organize the 2004 High-Level SMT Technology Conference with the Electronics & Information Industry Sub-Council (CCPIT) of China.

e-epoxy.com Celebrates Third Year by Offering Special Incentives on Epoxy Resins

(February 9, 2004) Midland, Mich. — e-epoxy.com is offering special incentives to registered buyers and existing customers as part of its three-year anniversary celebration.

Stock Options Exercised to Subcribe for Elcoteq Shares

(February 9, 2004) Helsinki, Finland — Options under Elcoteq Network Corp.'s stock option schemes have been exercised to subscribe for altogether 247,500 new Elcoteq Series A shares.

Kester, BTU Partner on Lead-Free Seminar

(February 9, 2004) Des Plaines, Ill. — Kester is working with BTU International to co-host a seminar focusing on lead-free technology.


Staktek Holdings Announces Initial Public Offering

(February 9, 2004) Austin, Texas — Staktek Holdings Inc, announces the initial public offering of 10 million shares of its common stock priced at $13 per share.

M-Wave Announces Update In Its Restructuring

(February 6, 2004) West Chicago, Ill. — M-Wave Inc. announces a new development in its restructuring.

NEMI Plans Several Industry Meetings at APEX

(February 6, 2004) Herndon, Va. — The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) is planning several meetings at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX conference (February 23 through 26, Anaheim, Calif.).

NWA Partners with ASECO to Deliver Complete Integrated Quality System

(February 6, 2004) Portland, Ore. — Northwest Analytical Inc. (NWA) and ASECO Integrated Systems have formed a partnership to deliver a new approach to Quality Information Systems.

Tin Technology Conducts Study as Part of Sustainable Technology Initiative

(February 6, 2004) UK — Tin Technology has conducted a study on "Sustainable Technologies for the Regeneration of Acidic Tin Stripping Solutions Used in PCB Fabrication."

BTU Appoints Nash Vice President of Marketing

(February 5, 2004) North Billerica, Mass. — BTU International Inc. has appointed Tom Nash as vice president of marketing.

PFA Solutions Offering Strengthens Customer/OEM Partnership

(February 5, 2004) Elgin, Ill. — As a leading supplier of electronic assembly machinery, Panasonic Factory Automation (PFA) has introduced a new offering, Solutions.

Universal, Hitachi Extend High-speed Placement Collaboration

(February 5, 2004) Binghamton, N.Y. — Universal Instruments and Hitachi High Technologies (HHT) have renewed their OEM agreement for five more years.

Merix Announces Exercise of Over-Allotment Option of 500,000 Shares of Common Stock by Underwriters

(February 4, 2004) Forest Grove, Ore. — Merix Corp. announces that the underwriters of its public offering of 3.6 million shares of common stock, including 400,000 shares of common stock to be sold by selling shareholder Tektronix Inc., at a price of $25.21 per share have exercised their option to purchase 500,000 additional shares of common stock from the company to cover over-allotments.

Nu Horizons, Integrated Silicon Solution Form Expanded Distribution Agreement

(February 4, 2004) Santa Clara, Calif. and Melville, N.Y. — Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. and Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. (ISSI) have expanded their product service and market distribution agreement to extend beyond the scope of North America.


Advanced Circuits to Demonstrate Engineering Service at APEX/IPC Printed Circuits Expo

(February 4, 2004) Aurora, Colo. — Advanced Circuits will be showcasing its FreeDFM engineering service at the IPC/APEX Conference and Designers Summit.

Watlow Names Commare Product Manager for Controller Product Line

(February 4, 2004) St. Louis — Watlow has named Don Commare product manager for its controller systems platforms.

Baumer Electric Introduces U.S. Web Site at New Address

(February 3, 2004) Southington, Conn. — Baumer Electric has launched a new Web site dedicated to customers in the U.S. and Mexico.

FlexLink Announces Expansion, Moves U.S. Headquarters

(February 3, 2004) Bethlehem, Pa. — FlexLink Systems Inc. will relocate its U.S. headquarters to Allentown, Pa., during March 2004.

GEM Moves Into Former Jabil Facility, Expands Offerings

(February 3, 2004) Oldsmar, Fla. — Genesis Electronics Manufacturing Inc. (GEM) is transitioning its operations to a facility acquired in July from Jabil Global Services.

Solectron Completes Divestiture of Dy4 Systems

(February 3, 2004) Milpitas, Calif. — Solectron Corp. has completed the sale of its Dy 4 Systems business to Curtiss-Wright Corp. on January 31.

Henkel Technologies Promotes Muni to Global Business Manager for Semiconductor Packaging

(February 2, 2004) Industry, Calif. — Henkel Technologies has promoted Bhavesh H. Muni to a new position as global business manager, semiconductor packaging.

Ircon Adds to Sales Force

(February 2, 2004) Chicago — Ircon Inc. has added several new members to its sales force.

I-Source Opens Manufacturing Plant in Mexico

(February 2, 2004) Pittsburgh — I-Source Technical Services Inc. has opened a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Tijuana, Mexico.

AIM Announces Lead-free Electronics Assembly Workshop

(February 2, 2004) Montreal, Canada — AIM has announced an all day lead-free seminar to take place in Sydney, Autralia on March 23rd, 2004.


Dingley Appointed Vice President and General Manager, Enthone PWB Chemistry

(January 30, 2004) West Haven, Conn. — Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics company, has appointed Mark A. Dingley vice president and general manager, Enthone PWB Chemistry.

IPC Selects 17 Companies for their Revolutionary Technologies

(January 30, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the groundbreaking technologies chosen for this year's Innovative Technology Showcase (ITS), which will be held February 24 through 26, 2004, at the co-located IPC SMEMA Council's APEX, IPC Printed Circuits Expo and IPC Designers Council Summit exhibition and conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Janos Technology Appoints New Coatings Manager

(January 30, 2004) Townshend, Vt. — Janos Technology Inc. has recruited Darrel B. Fuller to serve as the new thin film coatings department manager.

Siemens Dematic Partners with RIT to Provide Comprehensive SMT Process Training

(January 30, 2004) Norcross, Ga. and Rochester, N.Y. — Siemens Dematic Electronics Assembly Systems (EAS) will provide comprehensive SMT Process training for the Americas in partnership with the Center for Electronics Manufacturing & Assembly (CEMA) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

DEK Announces Representative Changes in Key Regions

(January 29, 2004) San Jose, Calif. — DEK announces representative changes in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California regions.

Tecnomatix, UGS PLM Solutions Extend Strategic Alliance for Digital Manufacturing Process

(January 29, 2004) Herzlia, Israel and Plano, Texas — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. and UGS PLM Solutions, the product lifecycle management (PLM) subsidiary of EDS, announce significantly enhanced interoperability between eM-Plant, the production and logistics visualization tool offered by Tecnomatix and Factory CAD, the 3-D factory layout software solution from UGS PLM Solutions.

Venture Outsource Group Reports 20 Percent Increase in Contract Manufacturers Enrolled in Circle of Providers Program

(January 29, 2004) San Jose, Calif. — Venture Outsource Group announces that the number of contract manufacturers enrolled in its Circle of Providers program increased 20 percent in 2003 over 2002.

AVX Reports Results for December 2003 Quarter

(January 28, 2004) Myrtle Beach, S.C. — AVX Corp. reported that net sales for the third quarter ended December 31, 2003 were $296.8 million.

Cignet Acquires New Plant in France to Serve European Customers

(January 28, 2004) Chicago — In September 2003, Cignet completed the acquisition of the SiemensVDO assembly plant in Jarville, France, a suburb of Nancy in eastern France. The plant has 231 employees.

National Instruments Achieves Highest Quality Standard for Key Business Practices

(January 28, 2004) Austin, Texas — National Instruments announces that Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Inc. approved the company for certification to ISO 9001:2000, the latest standard for effective quality management practices.


NWA Software Selected by Dow Chemical for Worldwide Quality Initiative

(January 28, 2004) Portland, Ore. — Northwest Analytical Inc. (NWA) announces that The Dow Chemical Co. (Dow) has entered into a global licensing agreement with NWA for NWA Quality Analyst, its award-winning SPC charting and analysis solution.

Agilent Technologies Expects to Exceed Guidance for First Quarter 2004 Results

(January 27, 2004) Palo Alto, Calif. — Agilent Technologies Inc. announces it expects its results for the first fiscal quarter, ending January 31, 2004, to be above the guidance it provided in early December.

Dage Gives Away Free Use of X-ray System for One Year at APEX

(January 27, 2004) Fremont, Calif. — Dage Precision Industries announces a special opportunity for an APEX visitor to win the free use of a XiDAT X-ray system for one year.

SMTA Seeks Hutchins Grant Student Submissions

(January 27, 2004) Minneapolis — The SMTA is seeking student submissions for the Charles Hutchins Educational Grant, which was established in memory of past SMTA president and industry colleague Charles Hutchins, Ph.D.

DATASYST Awarded A2LA Accreditation

(January 27, 2004) Delafield, Wis. — In recognition of significant investments in tools, techniques, and procedures DATASYST has been awarded accreditation by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) in the field of mechanical testing.

Cadence to Support 64-Bit Linux Computing Platforms Based on AMD64 Platforms

(January 26, 2004) San Jose, Calif. — Cadence Design Systems Inc. will release key products of the Cadence Encounter digital IC design platform on the AMD64 processor-based systems running 64-bit Linux.

IPC's Spring TMRC Conference to Focus on Disruptive Technologies

(January 26, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries' Technology Market Research Council (TMRC) will sponsor IPC's Spring Conference on May 13 through 14, 2004, at the Hyatt Regency in the harbor area of Baltimore, Md., immediately following IPC's Capitol Hill Day on Wednesday, May 12, 2004, in Washington, D.C.

Memtron Input Components' New Name Reflects Additions to Company's Product Portfolio

(January 26, 2004) Frankenmuth, Mich. — Memtron, a subsidiary of Esterline Corp. and a part of the Input Technology Group announces a change to their name to reflect the addition of a much broader range of products.

Zestron America Promotes Umut Tosun to Senior Process Engineer

(January 26, 2004) Ashburn, Va. — ZESTRON America has promoted Umut Tosun to the position of senior process engineer.

Aqueous Technologies Appoints Technical Resources as New Representative

(January 23, 2004) Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. and Boca Raton, Fla. — Aqueous Technologies Corp. has appointed Technical Resources Corp. (TRC) as a manufacturer's representative serving Florida and Puerto Rico.


Elcoteq Standardizes on Grid-Lok Tooling

(January 23, 2004) Vaasa, Finland — Elcoteq Network Corp. has standardized on Grid-Lok brand PCB support tooling for surface mount PCB assembly at the Elcoteq Finland Oy, Vaasa facility.

P.E.T. Appoints New Director of Sales

(January 23, 2004) Newbury Park and Montrose, Calif. — Photo Emission Technology Inc. (P.E.T.) announces that Art Gillman of Unique Equipment Corp. has been appointed as director of sales for their cleaning validation equipment known as surface quality monitors, UV spot curing equipment and solar simulators.

Amphenol Reports 2003 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results, Stock Split

(January 22, 2004) Wallingford, Conn. — Amphenol Corp. reports that fourth quarter 2003 diluted earnings per share increased 42 percent to 74 cents compared to 52 cents per share for the 2002 period.

CVI Expands Optomechanical Assembly Business

(January 22, 2004) Albuquerque — CVI Laser LLC announces a 50 percent expansion of its optomechanical assembly work force.

FARO Gage Earns Euromold Gold Award

(January 22, 2004) Lake Mary, Fla. — FARO Technologies Inc. has earned a prestigious European engineering honor: The Euromold Gold Award.

National Instruments Declares Quarterly Dividend

(January 22, 2004) Austin, Texas — The National Instruments Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 5 cents per share on the company's common stock.

CyberOptics Expects to Exceed Fourth Quarter Revenue Guidance

(January 21, 2004) Minneapolis — CyberOptics Corp. announces that it expects to report sales of approximately $11 million for the fourth quarter of 2003 ended December 31, up from the prior forecast of $9.5 to $10 million as reported in its third quarter earnings release on October 30.

Design Chain Associates, EPTAC to Present Seminars on Compliance with Lead-free Directives

(January 21, 2004) Boston — Design Chain Associates LLC, the leading design chain consulting firm, and EPTAC, the leading manufacturing training and consulting firm, have jointly developed a half-day Introduction to Lead-free Seminar.

Parlex Corp. Receives Gold Supplier Award from Johnson Controls for Third Consecutive Year

(January 21, 2004) Methuen, Mass. and Holland, Mich. — Parlex Corp. announces that Johnson Controls Inc. has awarded them their prestigious Gold Supplier award, their highest level of recognition of supplier performance.

CTS Awarded Electronic Accelerator Pedal Program by Chinese Automotive Manufacturer

(January 21, 2004) Elkhart, Ind. — CTS Corp. announces a leading Chinese vehicle manufacturer has selected CTS Automotive Products to supply non-contacting electronic throttle control (ETC) pedal assemblies for use in passenger vehicles produced in China.


BP Microsystems Passes 19,000 Devices Supported Mark

(January 20, 2004) Houston — BP Microsystems has surpassed the 19,000 device mark in the number of programmable IC devices their equipment is able to program.

New ElectroniCast Study Finds Consumption of Fiber Optic Components in Harsh Environments Maintains Steady Growth

(January 20, 2004) San Mateo, Calif. — According to ElectroniCast Corp., the consumption (use) of harsh environment fiber optic components maintained steady growth during the years 2001 through 2002. However, the global consumption of conventional and commercial fiber optic component use dropped drastically.

IntegraTECH Solutions Names Vice President of Operations

(January 20, 2004) Hudson, Mass. — IntegraTECH Solutions Corp. has appointed Wayne R. Barrett as its vice president of operations.

Industry Experts to Disseminate Data on Upcoming Technology, Market Trends at IPC Exhibition

(January 20, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the collection of free events it has planned for its co-located IPC SMEMA Council's APEX/IPC Printed Circuits Expo/IPC Designers Summit exhibition and conference, being held February 24 through 26, 2004, at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, Calif.

Advantest America Names R. Keith Lee New President and CEO

(January 19, 2004) Santa Clara, Calif. — Advantest America Inc., a subsidiary of Advantest Corp, has promoted general manager R. Keith Lee to the position of president and chief executive officer, who will report to the Board of Directors.

Assembly East to Feature Four Free Educational Sessions, Industry-Developed Conference Program

(January 19, 2004) Norwalk, Conn. — NEPCON East/Electro will provide direct access to innovative solutions for every stage of the manufacturing process both on the show floor and in the conference classroom.

FlexLink Adds New Publications to Online Technical Library

(January 19, 2004) Bethlehem, Pa. — FlexLink has extended its online technical library and knowledge base for its customers with two new catalogs, one for PCB handling modules and another for DAS (Dynamic Assembly Systems).

Hwang Appointed to Committee on Globalization of Materials Research

(January 19, 2004) Cleveland — Jennie Hwang, Ph.D., an SMT Editorial Advisory Board member and president of H-Technologies Group Inc., has been appointed to the newly formed Committee on Globalization of Materials Research and Development of National Materials Advisory Board.

U.S. Air Force Uses PinPoint Testers from DiagnoSYS

(January 16, 2004) Kissimmee, Fla. — The U.S. Air Force projects it will turn a small $485,000 investment for four PinPoint II testers from DiagnoSYS Systems into $13 million plus in cost avoidance to rehost more than 100 previously developed software programs for repair of its AWACS fleet.

Shipley Electronic and Industrial Finishing Division Achieves ISO 9001:2000 Certification

(January 16, 2004) Freeport, N.Y. — Shipley Co., part of the Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials group, announces that its Freeport, N.Y., Lucerne, Switzerland, and Sasakami, Japan locations have achieved certification against the new ISO-9001: 2000 Quality Management System (QMS) standard.


Tecnomatix, ITOCHU SysTech Announce Partnership

(January 16, 2004) Herzlia, Israel — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd.'s electronics subsidiary Tecnomatix Unicam has entered into a European-wide partnership agreement with ITOCHU SysTech GmbH, a value-added reseller of production machines and test systems for the electronic and microelectronic industries.

Watlow Names Bohnenkamp as Vice President of Strategic Accounts

(January 16, 2004) St. Louis — Watlow has named Steve Bohnenkamp as vice president of strategic accounts.

Component Order Index Dips in December, Says ECA

(January 15, 2004) Arlington, Va. — The monthly order index compiled by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA) took its annual December dip, but the outlook remains positive for 2004.

IPC and JEDEC Leading the Way to Lead-free

(January 15, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries and JEDEC, the Solid State Technology Association, have announced plans to further their efforts in preparing electronics manufacturers for the inevitable European ban on lead by co-sponsoring three International Conferences on Lead Free Electronic Components and Assemblies in the U.S., Europe and Asia in 2004.

MIT Lean Aerospace Initiative to Keynote at NEPCON East/Electro and Assembly East

(January 15, 2004) Norwalk, Conn. — Professor Deborah Nightingale, Ph.D. of the MIT Lean Aerospace Initiative will present a keynote presentation, "Transforming the Lean Enterprise Value Stream," on Thursday, May 6, 2004, at noon as part of the NEPCON East/Electro and Assembly East event.

Teradyne Lands $67 Million B-1B Lancer Contract

(January 15, 2004) Boston — Teradyne Inc. announced that the U.S. Air Force (USAF) has awarded the company's Assembly Test Division a $67 million contract for test equipment to support intermediate level maintenance of the B-1B Lancer Strategic Bomber.

PCB Industry to Lobby California Lawmakers for Pro-Business Reform

(January 14, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the schedule for its second annual Sacramento Day, taking place February 3 through 4, 2004, at the California Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Sacramento, Calif.

Keith M. Hardwick Appointed Acting President of Advantest America

(January 14, 2004) Santa Clara, Calif. — Advantest America Inc., a subsidiary of Advantest Corp. has appointed financial controller Keith M. Hardwick to acting president, reporting to the Board of Directors.

Mentor Graphics Announces Record Fourth Quarter 2003 Revenue and Bookings

(January 14, 2004) Wilsonville, Ore. — Mentor Graphics Corp. announces that its fourth quarter 2003 bookings and revenues had achieved record levels, with revenues in excess of the $190 million previously projected by the company.

Dot Hill Expands Manufacturing to Solectron European Site

(January 14, 2004) Carlsbad and Milpitas, Calif. — Dot Hill has expanded its manufacturing agreement with Solectron Corp.


Elcoteq to Start Personnel Negotiations Concerning Relocation of Espoo Plant Manufacturing

(January 13, 2004) Helsinki, Finland — Elcoteq has invited personnel representatives from its Espoo plant in Finland to negotiations concerning the relocation of the plant's manufacturing activities and the related impact on personnel.

RIT Selects Glenbrook Jewel Box for X-ray Inspection in SMT Lab

(January 13, 2004) Randolph, N.J. — Glenbrook Technologies announces that the Rochester Institute of Technology has selected a Jewel Box 70-T real-time X-ray inspection system for use in the Surface Mount Technology laboratory of its Center for Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly (CEMA).

Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. Announces Exclusive North and South American Distribution Agreement with Hynix Semiconductor Inc.

(January 13, 2004) Melville N.Y. and Ichon, Korea — Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. has formed an exclusive North and South American distribution and consignment agreement with Hynix Semiconductor Inc., one of the world's largest suppliers of DRAM products.

StockerYale Appoints Ricardo Diaz as Chief Operating Officer

(January 13, 2004) Salem, N.H. — StockerYale Inc. has appointed Ricardo Diaz as chief operating officer.

Rod Wood Joins FlexLink as Applications Engineer

(January 12, 2004) Bethlehem, Pa. — Rod Wood has joined FlexLink as an applications engineer, supporting the company's Dynamic Assembly Systems (DAS) applications as well as running projects for the F-Series PCB assembly product line.

Design Community to Converge on Anaheim

(January 12, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries and its Designers Council have announced the program for its second annual IPC Designers Council Summit.

Pro-Mation Joins Forces With DG Marketing

(January 12, 2004) Kenosha, Wis. — Pro-mation Inc. has secured a sales relationship with DG Marketing.

Graber and Yansouni Elected to Solectron's Board of Directors

(January 9, 2004) Milpitas, Calif. — Shareholders of Solectron Corp. have elected a full slate of directors, including new members William R. Graber and Cyril Yansouni.

Freightliner LLC Uses Tecnomatix eMPower Solutions for Production Planning Time

(January 9, 2004) Herzlia, Israel and Portland, Ore. — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces that Freightliner LLC, North America's largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer and a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler, has implemented eMPower software throughout all of its manufacturing plants nationwide, enabling Freightliner to significantly reduce the time it takes for daily production planning.

SAMSUNG Purchases Multiple Teradyne Tigers for Multi-site Probe of Broadband Devices

(January 9, 2004) Seoul and Boston — SAMSUNG Electronics Co. Ltd has purchased multiple Tiger test systems from Teradyne Inc. for multi-site probe of ICs used in several optical disk drive and baseband applications.


Intersil, The Memec Group Announce Expanded Distribution Agreement

(January 9, 2004) Milpitas and San Diego, Calif. — Intersil Corp. and The Memec Group have entered into an agreement that authorizes Memec to distribute Intersil products in Japan.

ECA Acquires CARTS Forum

(January 8, 2004) Arlington, Va. — The Electronic Components, Assemblies and Materials Association (ECA) has acquired CARTS, the leading technology conference and exposition for passive components.

Sales of Consumer Electronics in 2004 to Set New Record, Says CEA

(January 8, 2004) Las Vegas — Manufacturer-to-dealer sales of consumer electronics products will total a record $101 billion in 2004 — a 5 percent increase over 2003 — according to figures released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

EXFO Reports 11.4 Percent Sales Growth Quarter-over-Quarter

(January 8, 2004) Quebec City, Canada — EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has reported sales growth of 11.4 percent and a 5.2 percent improvement in gross margin for the first quarter ended November 30, 2003.

Park Electrochemical Elects Margaret M. Kendrick as President of Park's Nelco Products Business Unit

(January 8, 2004) Lake Success, N.Y. — Park Electrochemical Corp. has elected Margaret ("Marty") M. Kendrick as president of Nelco Products Inc., Park's high technology volume FR-4 printed circuit material business unit located in Fullerton, Calif. (Nelco California).

CTS Updates Fourth Quarter 2003 Guidance

(January 7, 2004) Elkhart, Ind. — CTS Corp. announces that it now expects its fourth quarter 2003 revenues to increase approximately 20 percent sequentially over the third quarter of 2003.

GSI Lumonics Receives Another Supplier Award from Samsung Electronics

(January 7, 2004) Wilmington, Mass. — For the second year in a row, GSI Lumonics Inc. has been recognized by Samsung Electronics as one of its top 20 equipment suppliers.

Componex/electronicIndia Takes Place in Delhi

(January 7, 2004) Delhi, India — In its fifth year, componex/electronicIndia is moving to the Indian capital.

Teradyne High Performance Circuits Manufacturing Facility Achieves ISO 14001 Certifications

(January 7, 2004) Nashua, N.H. — Teradyne Inc., Connection Systems Division (TCS) announces that its printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing facility here has been certified to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard.

EXFO to Hold Special Meeting of Shareholders

(January 6, 2004) Toronto — EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. will hold its Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders at the TSX Broadcast and Conference Centre here on January 7, 2004.


Cadence Acquires Q Design Automation

(January 6, 2004) San Jose, Calif. — Cadence Design Systems Inc. has completed its acquisition of Q Design Automation Inc.

Parlex Ships 10 Million Smartcard Circuits in December

(January 6, 2004) Methuen, Mass. — Parlex Corp. has shipped 10 million smartcard circuits in December as it continues to increase production of this proprietary technology.

eLinear Subsidiary Becomes Certified by Tyco Electronics

(January 6, 2004) Houston — eLinear Inc.'s wholly owned subsidiary, NewBridge Technologies Inc., has been certified by Tyco Electronics Corp.

M-Wave Announces Development in Its Restructuring

(January 5, 2004) West Chicago, Ill. — M-Wave Inc. has seen a new development in its restructuring.

ESD Association Selects Officers, Directors

(January 5, 2004) Rome, N.Y. — The ESD Association has selected board members and officers for 2004.

Phihong Enhances European Service with New Headquarters

(January 5, 2004) Fremont, Calif. — Global power supplier Phihong has acquired a new facility in Tiverton, UK to house the company's headquarters and R&D facilities.

Amkor Reports New Option Grants Under NASDAQ Market Rule 4350

(January 2, 2004) Chandler, Ariz. — Amkor Technology Inc. announces that, in accordance with NASDAQ Marketplace Rule 4350, as amended October 14, 2003, 12 non-executive employees were granted inducement stock options covering an aggregate of 27,200 shares of common stock.

Camtek Ltd. to Contest Tax Assessments

(January 2, 2004) Migdal Haemek, Israel — Camtek Ltd. has received a tax assessment, which it disputes, from the Israeli income tax authorities with respect to the 1999, 2000 and 2001 tax years, pursuant to which the tax authorities assert that Camtek owes tax on its annual revenues in the amounts of $500,000, $4.5 million and $1.7 million, respectively.

Cadence Design Systems Appoints Chao to Lead Company's Design and Verification Business

(January 2, 2004) San Jose, Calif. — Cadence Design Systems Inc. has appointed Ping Chao to head up the company's Design and Verification division.

Sypris Completes First Phase of Deal with Dana

(January 2, 2004) Louisville, Ky. — Sypris Solutions Inc. has completed the purchase of a manufacturing plant located in Morganton, N.C. from Dana Corp. and will now begin to furnish Dana with a wide range of drive train components under an eight-year supply agreement that accompanied the purchase.


National Instruments Among Fortune Top Employers for Fifth Consecutive Year

(December 31, 2003) Austin, Texas — For the fifth consecutive year, FORTUNE magazine named National Instruments among the 100 Best Companies to Work For.

SatCon Announces $2.2 Million in New Contracts

(December 31, 2003) Cambridge, Mass. — SatCon Technology Corp. booked approximately $2.2 million in industrial product contracts during the first quarter, which ended December 27, 2003.

Amphenol RF Moves Its Headquarters

(December 31, 2003) Danbury, Conn. — Amphenol RF has relocated its headquarters to a new facility here on December 15, 2003.

Competition Authorities Approve Elcoteq Acquisition of Tellabs International Plant

(December 31, 2003) Helsinki, Finland — Finnish and German competition authorities have given their approval to the arrangement announced on November 14, 2003, whereby Tellabs will outsource manufacturing of its international products and transfer ownership of its Espoo, Finland manufacturing operations to Elcoteq Network Corp.

AMI DODUCO Adds Capabilities to China Facility to Address Expanding Markets

(December 30, 2003) Export, Pa. — AMI DODUCO, a Technitrol company, announced that during 2004, it will make additional investments to broaden the capabilities of its facility in Tianjin, the People's Republic of China.

Nordson/Asymtek China Promotes David Wang and X.Q. Gao

(December 30, 2003) Carlsbad, Calif. — Nordson/Asymtek China has appointed Wang Tian-bo (David Wang) as regional sales manager and Xueqiang ("X.Q.") Gao as applications and field services engineer, based at Nordson Shanghai in Pudong.

IPC Releases IMS/PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio and IMS/PCB Business Report for November 2003

(December 30, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the findings from its monthly Interconnect Manufacturing Services (IMS)/Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program.

Solectron to Hold Annual Meeting

(December 30, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. — Solectron Corp. will hold its annual meeting for stockholders at 9 a.m. PST/noon EST on January 7 at The Westin Hotel in Santa Clara, Calif.

Asymtek Achieves ISO 9001:2000 Certification

(December 29, 2003) Carlsbad, Calif. — Asymtek has earned the ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System certification.

SMART Group to Incorporate Vision Change

(December 29, 2003) UK — SMART Group has announced a vision change whereby the group's activities will now encompass all aspects of electronics manufacture, assembly and test.


SMTA Toronto to Feature Academy and Certification Programs

(December 29, 2003) Minneapolis — The SMTA Academy Program will be held in Toronto from March 24 through 25 at the International Centre and will feature six full- and half-day courses.

Lin to Lead Universal's Suzhou Technology Laboratory

(December 29, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. — Universal Instruments has extended the capabilities and expertise of its Suzhou, China, technology laboratory by appointing Kon M. Lin, Ph.D. as process support manager.

Merix Announces Profitable Results for Second Quarter FY 2004

(December 26, 2003) Forest Grove, Ore. — Merix Corp. has announced results for the second quarter of fiscal 2004 ended November 29, 2003.

Solectron Reports Sequential Revenue Increase of 10.5 Percent in First Quarter 2004

(December 26, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. — Solectron Corp. has reported GAAP sales of $2.7 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2004, a 10.5 percent increase from GAAP sales of $2.4 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003.

Tamura F.A. System Appoints Vern Emory of VEI as New Representative

(December 26, 2003) Beaverton, Ore. and Kokomo, Ind. — Tamura F.A. System Corp. has appointed Vern Emery of VEI as their new representative for Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

TTGH Announces New Contract for Textron Systems

(December 26, 2003) Fremont, Calif. — Ventures-National Inc. d/b/a Titan General Holdings Inc. has entered into a significant new contract with HR Textron.

Elcoteq's New Management to Take Over January 1

(December 23, 2003) Helsinki, Finland — Elcoteq's Board of Directors has decided to speed up the change of top management in the company.

KEMET Announces Expectation for December 2003 Quarter, Actions to Enhance Global Competitiveness

(December 23, 2003) Greenville, S.C. — KEMET Corp. announced that revenue for the December 2003 quarter is anticipated to exceed the 7 percent sequential revenue increase, which is the consensus of analysts covering the company.

Adept Technology Selected by Prodosyst Automation to Provide Robots and Guidance Vision for Automated Medical Device Assembly System

(December 23, 2003) Livermore, Calif. and San Diego — Adept Technology Inc. announces that Prodosyst Automation has standardized on Adept robots, vision systems and controls for their TrueFlex automated medical device assembly system.

M-Systems Provides Flash Memory Solution for China's First CDMA-1X Smartphone

(December 23, 2003) Shenzhen, China — M-Systems announces that the Mobile DiskOnChip flash disk has been designed into the first CDMA-1X (a code-division multiple access standard) smartphone produced in China.


FPGA Versus ASIC Design to Kick off IEC Executive Forum at DesignCon 2004

(December 22, 2003) Chicago — The International Engineering Consortium (IEC) announces that the IEC Executive Forum at DesignCon 2004 will begin on Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at 9 a.m. at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif., with a panel discussion titled "FPGA vs. ASIC Design" sponsored by Mentor Graphics.

Jabil Circuit Reports Quarterly Results

(December 22, 2003) St. Petersburg, Fla. — Jabil Circuit Inc. has reported results for the first quarter of fiscal 2004, ended November 30, 2003.

Pinnacle Electronics Receives Second Supplier of the Year Award in 2003

(December 22, 2003) Pittsburgh — Pinnacle Electronics was awarded the Supply Partner of the Year, 2003 award by one of its principal customers, Owens-Illinois.

Richardson Electronics Opens New Branch Office in Chengdu, China

(December 22, 2003) LaFox, Ill. — Richardson Electronics has opened a new branch office in Chengdu, complementing the company's other branches in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenhzen.

Chase Announces Sale of Its Sunburst Electronics Manufacturing Solutions Subsidiary

(December 19, 2003) Bridgewater, Mass. — Chase Corp. announces the sale of its Sunburst Electronics Manufacturing Solutions Inc. subsidiary.

Duraswitch Licenses Russia-Based Switch Manufacturer

(December 19, 2003) Phoenix and Moscow — Duraswitch has executed a license agreement with Elcom, the largest membrane tactile switch manufacturer in Russia.

End of 2003 Marks Milestone in Transition to Lead-free Soldering in Europe, Says Soldertec Global

(December 19, 2003) UK — According to the second EU Lead-free Soldering Technology Roadmap published by Soldertec Global earlier this year, the end of 2003 marks a significant milestone in the implementation of lead-free soldering technology.

Solectron Names Dave Purvis Executive Vice President, Worldwide Design and Engineering Services

(December 19, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. — Solectron Corp. has appointed Dave Purvis as executive vice president, worldwide design and engineering services.

Cognex Acquires Machine Vision Business of Gavitec

(December 18, 2003) Natick, Mass. and Aachen, Germany — Cognex Corp. has acquired the machine vision business of Gavitec AG.

KIC Ships Serial Number 2,500 of Its Continuous Monitoring System

(December 18, 2003) San Diego — KIC announces the delivery of its 2,500th continuous thermal monitoring system.


Celestica Selects Vectron International as a Winner of their 'Partners in Performance'

(December 18, 2003) Hudson, N.H. — Vectron International (VI) has been presented the "Partners in Performance" award by Celestica for outstanding efforts and support of Celestica's needs for 2002.

AVX Expects Strong Sales Quarter

(December 17, 2003) Myrtle Beach, S.C. — AVX Corp. reported that sales are expected to exceed the company's previous estimates.

CTS to Supply Automotive Active Manifold Actuators

(December 17, 2003) Elkhart, Ind. — CTS Corp. announces that a major international automotive manufacturer has selected CTS Automotive Products as its sole supplier of active manifold actuators for a new family of engines, to be produced in North America beginning in 2005.

International Rectifier Proposes Increase in Authorized Shares

(December 17, 2003) El Segundo, Calif. — International Rectifier Corp. announces that its Board of Directors has approved, subject to stockholder approval, an amendment to the company's Certificate of Incorporation to increase the authorized number of shares of common stock from 150 million to 330 million.

Park Electrochemical Corp. Announces Appointment of Konstantine N. Karavakis as Director of Research and Development

(December 17, 2003) Lake Success, N.Y. — Park Electrochemical Corp. announced the appointment of Konstantine N. ("Gus") Karavakis as director of research and development.

FEINFOCUS X-ray Inspection Room Pays Dividends for Raytheon

(December 16, 2003) Stamford, Conn. and Lexington, Mass. — FEINFOCUS has completed a custom installation for Raytheon's Reliability Analysis Laboratory (RAL).

Pinnacle Point-of-Sale Acquires Rights to Manufacture, Develop and Market Javelin POS Systems

(December 16, 2003) East Pittsburgh, Pa. and Irvine, Calif. — Pinnacle Point-of-Sale, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pinnacle Electronics, a leader in the manufacture of high reliability electronic assemblies, has acquired certain assets of Aspeon Inc.

Pro-Mation Expands Into the Netherlands, Holland, Belgium and Germany

(December 16, 2003) Kenosha, Wis. — Pro-mation Inc. has secured a distributorship relationship with ADEON Technologies NL, which is based in The Netherlands.

New Electronics Outsourcing and Supply Chain Practices Revealed at TFI's December Quarterly Forum

(December 16, 2003) Alameda, Calif. — Supply chain and outsourcing decision-makers from name brand electronic systems companies including Cisco Systems, Coherent, Hewlett-Packard and TheraSense met in San Jose on December 4 at Technology Forecasters Inc.'s (TFI) Quarterly Forum for Electronics Manufacturing Outsourcing and Supply Chain to discuss new supply chain and outsourcing practices.

AVX Announces Restructuring Action

(December 15, 2003) Myrtle Beach, S.C. — AVX Corp. announces the decision to close its ferrite factory in Taiwan.


Patricia K. Vincent Joins CTS Board

(December 15, 2003) Elkhart, Ind. — CTS Corp. announced that Patricia K. Vincent will join its Board of Directors effective January 1, 2004.

Entire Supply Chain Present at IPC's 2004 Technical Conference

(December 15, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced the technical conference sessions to be presented at its co-located IPC SMEMA Council's APEX/IPC Printed Circuits Expo/IPC Designers Summit exhibition and conference, taking place February 24 through 26, 2004, at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, Calif.

Technitrol Announces 2004 Guidance, Updates 2003 Outlook

(December 15, 2003) Philadelphia — Technitrol Inc. announced its revenue and earnings targets for fiscal 2004 and updated its outlook for fiscal 2003.

Emerging Technologies Forum to Take Place During Embedded Systems Conference

(December 12, 2003) San Francisco — When the electronicaUSA with Embedded Systems Conference starts on March 30, 2004 here, the expected 18,000 visitors can count on experiencing not only a comprehensive exhibition portfolio unique to the U.S., but also a singular extensive conference program with approximately 300 seminars, workshops and podium discussions.

Esterline Acquires Software Engineering Firm Specializing in Aerospace Applications

(December 12, 2003) Bellevue, Wash. and Wisconsin — Esterline Technologies has agreed to acquire the outstanding stock of Avista Inc., a $10 million developer of embedded software for mission critical applications.

JUKI Opens Support Center in Eastern Europe

(December 12, 2003) Nuremberg, Germany — JUKI Automation Systems has a new support base in the Czech and Slovak republic, provided by PBT Roznov p.R. , s.r.o.

Teledyne Wins $2.6 Million Boeing Contract

(December 12, 2003) Los Angeles and St. Louis — Teledyne Technologies Inc. announces that Teledyne Electronic Safety Products has been awarded a $2.6 million contract by The Boeing Co.

November Component Order Index Hits Two-year High, Says ECA

(December 11, 2003) Arlington, Va. — The monthly order index compiled by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA) hit a two-year high in November, marking the fourth consecutive month of growth.

iSuppli Analyzes Chinese Electronics Market to Confirm Orientation of Chinese Tradeshows

(December 11, 2003) Germany — Market research company iSuppli has carried out an in-depth analysis of the Chinese electronics market for Messe München International.

NEMI Signs Three New Members

(December 11, 2003) Herndon, Va. — The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) has added three new members.


Palomar Technologies Receives ISO 9001:2000 Certification

(December 11, 2003) Vista, Calif. — Palomar Technologies has been certified as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001/ANSI-ASQ Q9001:2000 and is registered by SGS.

Adobe Appoints Solectron's Mike Cannon to its Board of Directors

(December 10, 2003) San Jose, Calif. — Adobe Systems Inc. has appointed Mike Cannon to its Board of Directors.

EXFO Announces Annual and Special Meeting in January 2004

(December 10, 2003) Toronto — EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. will hold its Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders at the TSX Broadcast and Conference Centre here on January 7, 2004.

MEMS Gyroscopes Make Strides in Replacing Entrenched Technologies, Says In-Stat

(December 10, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. — With the ability to sense and measure rotational motion becoming a critical component for several automotive and military applications, revenues of MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) gyros will grow from $279 million in 2002 to $396 million in 2007, reports In-Stat/MDR.

TT electronics Acquires Optek Technology in Major Expansion of Sensor, Optoelectronic Capabilities

(December 10, 2003) Raleigh, N.C. and Carrolton, Texas — Global electronics supplier TT electronics PLC has acquired optoelectronic manufacturer Optek Technology Inc. from privately held Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corp. (DKM)

Artesyn Technologies Uses eMPower Solutions from Tecnomatix to Enable High-mix, Low-volume Manufacturing

(December 9, 2003) Herzlia, Israel — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces that Artesyn Technologies will use eMPower solutions from Tecnomatix to shorten new product introduction (NPI) times and support a high-mix, low-volume (HMLV) manufacturing environment for its electronics assembly processes in the company's China-based operations.

Eugene Park, Ph.D. Joins ElectroniCast's FSO Market & Technology Forecast Project

(December 9, 2003) San Mateo, Calif. — ElectroniCast Corp. announces that Eugene Park, Ph.D. has joined ElectroniCast's Free Space Optics (FSO) Market and Technology Forecast Project effort.

GSI Lumonics Receives Order from Elpida for Memory Processing Systems

(December 9, 2003) Wilmington, Mass. — GSI Lumonics Inc. announces the sale of multiple WaferRepair M430 memory repair systems to Elpida Memory Inc., a leading semiconductor manufacturer in Japan.

Sanmina-SCI Appoints Peter Simone to Board of Directors

(December 9, 2003) San Jose, Calif. — Sanmina-SCI Corp. has appointed Peter J. Simone to the Board of Directors.

Productronica 2003 Forecasts Industry Upturn

(December 8, 2003) Munich, Germany — Productronica 2003, the world's largest trade show for electronics production, signaled an economic upswing in the world of electronics production, with a record number of visitors and more new products on-hand than ever before.


Vitronics Soltec Moves Into New, Larger Facility

(December 8, 2003) Oosterhout, The Netherlands — Vitronics Soltec will move into its new state-of-the-art manufacturing and administrative global headquarters facility in Oosterhout, the Netherlands, not far from the company's previous location.

Dynatech Technology Enhances Samsung Techwin Service with 30-Minute Callback on 24/7 Service

(December 8, 2003) Edgewood, N.Y. — Dynatech Technology Inc., the exclusive North American distributor for Samsung Techwin SMT equipment, has enhanced its 24/7 service line with a 30-minute call-back commitment for the manufacturer's chipmounters.

Electrotek Receives ISO 9001:2000 Registration

(December 8, 2003) Oak Creek, Wis. — Electrotek Corp. received ISO 9001:2000 registration in August 2003.

CTS Declares Quarterly Dividend

(December 5, 2003) Elkhart, Ind. — The Board of Directors of CTS Corp. announces the fourth quarter dividend of 3 cents per share.

MSL to Host IPC EMS Training Program

(December 5, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. and Concord, Mass. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces Manufacturers' Services Ltd. (MSL) will hold three on-site training sessions in 2004, as part of IPC's Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Program Manager Certification Program.

Solectron Signs Definitive Agreement to Sell Dy 4 Systems

(December 5, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. and Ottawa, Canada — Solectron Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Dy 4 Systems business to Curtiss-Wright Corp.

Universal Gifts More than US $66,800 in Prizes at Productronica

(December 5, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. — At the Productronica exhibition in November, held in Munich, Germany, Universal Instruments' Global Services division ran a series of daily draws with prizes valued around US $2,500 (1,500 pounds).

Able Electronics Certified for ISO 9001:2000 Standard

(December 4, 2003) Hayward, Calif. — Able Electronics Inc. has gained compliance to the new quality management certification ISO 9001:2000 standards for both its Silicon Valley and Mexico manufacturing facilities.

BEST Offers Cable and Wire Harness Training

(December 4, 2003) Rolling Meadows, Ill. — BEST Inc. is offering IPC/WHMA-A-620 training, the industry standard for cable and wire harness fabrication and installation.

Legacy Electronics Signs BP Sales as Texas Rep Firm

(December 4, 2003) Richardson, Texas and San Clemente, Calif. — BP Sales Inc. has become an official sales representative for Legacy Electronics' component products, including their memory modules and Canopy printed circuit board subassembly technology.


SMTA Launches First-ever Online Symposium

(December 4, 2003) Minneapolis — The SMTA will launch its first-ever SMTA Online Symposium, "The State of the Art in Pb-free Soldering Technology," on Friday, December 5.

All Enthone North American Operations Awarded Single ISO 9001:2000 Certification

(December 3, 2003) West Haven, Conn. — Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics company, has been awarded a single ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System (QMS) certificate for all seven of its North American operations.

Increasing Popularity of Used and Leased SMT Manufacturing Equipment Alters Vendor Focus, Says Frost & Sullivan

(December 3, 2003) Palo Alto, Calif. — New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, World SMT Soldering Equipment, Screen Printer, and Solder Paste Market reveals that revenues in this industry totaled $505.7 million in 2002 and are projected to reach $1.1 billion by 2009.

Technical Devices Appoints New Vice President of Sales

(December 3, 2003) Torrance, Calif. — Technical Devices Co. has appointed Ron Herbert to the position of vice president, sales.

Tyco Electronics Names Business Development Manager for Puerto Rico

(December 3, 2003) Willow Grove, Pa. — Tyco Electronics, a business segment of Tyco International Ltd., has appointed Ricardo Heredia as Tyco Electronics Automation Group's business development manager for Puerto Rico.

Cognex Launches Certified Vision Integration System

(December 2, 2003) Natick, Mass. — Cognex Corp. has launched the Cognex Certified Vision Integrator (CVI) program in North America.

Rockwell Collins Expands Service Solution Portfolio with Completion of NLX LLC Acquisition

(December 2, 2003) Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Sterling, Va. — Rockwell Collins Inc. has expanded its service solutions portfolio by completing the acquisition of NLX LLC.

Universal Collaborates with Aegis for Monitoring, Traceability

(December 2, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. and Philadelphia — Universal Instruments Corp. announces that Aegis Industrial Software has joined the Universal third party software program.

Aras Names Former Innoveda President as CEO

(December 2, 2003) Lawrence, Mass. — Aras Corp. announces the appointment of Rick Lucier to the position of chief executive officer.

AIC Awarded ISO 9001 Registration to the 2000 Standard

(December 1, 2003) West Warwick, R.I. — Advanced Interconnections Corp. (AIC) has earned registration to the 2000 standard of ISO 9001.


AVX Reports Reorganization

(December 1, 2003) Myrtle Beach, S.C. — AVX Corp. announces its intention, effective January 1, 2004, to establish new wholly owned subsidiaries to be called Kyocera Electronic Devices (KED) that will focus exclusively on the design, marketing and sale of products supplied from its majority stockholder, Kyocera Corp.

Delta Group Electronics Earns ISO 9001:2000 Registration

(December 1, 2003) Albuquerque — Delta Group Electronics Inc. announces that Underwriters Laboratories Inc. has updated the company's ISO registration to the new ISO 9001:2000 revision.

Watlow Hires Peter Smith as Chief Information Officer of Information Systems

(December 1, 2003) St. Louis — Watlow has named Paul Smith to the position of chief information officer.

ADIC, Benchmark Electronics Complete Expanded Outsourcing Agreement

(November 26, 2003) Redmond, Wash. — Advanced Digital Information Corp. has finalized its agreement with Benchmark Electronics Inc. to expand an existing outsource manufacturing relationship to include a significant portion of ADIC's entry-level and workgroup tape automation product line.

FocalSpot Inc. Opens New Headquarters in San Diego

(November 26, 2003) San Diego — FocalSpot Inc. announces the opening of its new corporate headquarters here.

Solectron Receives Teradata's Supplier Excellence Award

(November 26, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. — Solectron Corp. was awarded Teradata's 2003 Supplier Excellence Award for superior execution and supply chain service.

Tecnomatix eMPower Software Simulates New Equipment Control and Fleet Management System in Europe's Largest Marine Terminal

(November 26, 2003) Herzlia, Israel — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd.'s eMPower software solutions are simulating the new equipment control and fleet management systems at the Europe Container Terminal (ECT), Europe's largest transportation hub of its kind.

IPC Releases IMS/PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio and IMS/PCB Business Report for October 2003

(November 25, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the findings from its monthly Interconnect Manufacturing Services (IMS)/Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program.

EMI Names New Director of Engineering

(November 25, 2003) Santa Ana, Calif. — Express Manufacturing Inc. (EMI) announces that Thomas Ng has joined the company as director of engineering.

JANOS Technology Announces New Director of Quality

(November 25, 2003) Townshend, Vt. — Following a nationwide search for a new director of quality, Janos Technology Inc. announces that Frederick Mullavey will be taking over the role and leading Janos' quality team to ISO 9000:2000 and AS9100:2001 certification.


Polyclad Laminates Malaysia Receives ISO 14001 Certification

(November 25, 2003) Londonderry, N.H. — Polyclad Laminates Inc., a Cookson Electronics company, recently received certification to the international environmental management standard ISO 14001 for its operation located in Kuching, Malaysia.

Dynatech Technology Takes on Exclusive Sales and Service of Samsung Techwin SMT Equipment in North America

(November 24, 2003) Edgewood, N.Y. — Citing its successful customer service relationship between the two companies, Samsung Techwin Ltd., formerly Samsung Aerospace, has given Dynatech International Corp. exclusive North American sales and service responsibilities for Samsung Techwin's SMT pick-and-place equipment.

Enthone Appoints Raymond Fong Vice President and Managing Director, Asia-Pacific Region

(November 24, 2003) West Haven, Conn. — Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics company, has appointed Raymond Fong vice president & managing director, Asia-Pacific region.

IPC Members to Reclaim Capitol Hill

(November 24, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries will sponsor Capitol Hill Day on Wednesday, May 12, 2004, in Washington, D.C., immediately preceding IPC's Spring Technology Market Research Council Meeting on May 13 through 14, 2004, in Baltimore, Md.

Universal Instruments, Heraeus Join Forces

(November 24, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. and Germany — Universal Instruments is to provide SMT placement capabilities at service centres owned by WC Heraeus GmbH & Co KG in Germany and China.

Aqueous Technologies Appoints Kirby and Demarest as New Representative

(November 21, 2003) Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. — Aqueous Technologies Corp. has appointed Kirby and Demarest as a manufacturer's representative serving Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and the Province of British Columbia.

SDK, KEMET to Strengthen Alliance in Aluminum Capacitors

(November 21, 2003) Greenville, S.C. — Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) and KEMET Corp. (KEM) will further enhance their technical and manufacturing alliances by expanding their co-manufacturing agreement regarding solid conductive polymer aluminum surface mount capacitors.

Mort Topfer Joins Staktek Board of Directors

(November 21, 2003) Austin, Texas — Staktek Holdings Inc. announces that Mort Topfer will join its Board of Directors.

Comau S.p.A. Purchases More than $1.3 Million of Tecnomatix eMPower Solutions in 2003

(November 21, 2003) Herzlia, Israel — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces that Comau S.p.A., a leading global supplier of industrial automation systems for the automotive industry, continued the expansion of its worldwide implementation of eMPower-based solutions for MPM with purchases of software and services in 2003 totaling more than $1.3 million.

President of Poland Honors Mentor Graphics Chief Scientist

(November 20, 2003) Wilsonville, Ore. — Mentor Graphics Corp. announces that the chief scientist and director of engineering for the company's Design-for-Test (DFT) product group, Janusz Rajski, Ph.D., has been awarded the prestigious title of "Professor of Science," the highest research degree in Poland.


SMTA Issues Call for Papers for SMTA International 2004

(November 20, 2003) Minneapolis — The SMTA International Technical Committee is seeking abstracts for this year's conference. Short course descriptions also are being solicited.

Competition, Excess Manufacturing Capability and Lack of Investment on New Optoelectronics Projects, Says Frost & Sullivan

(November 20, 2003) Palo Alto, Calif. — New analysis from Frost & Sullivan World Optoelectronics Market, reveals that this industry generated revenues totaling $4.23 billion in 2002. Total market revenues are expected to reach $7.22 billion in 2009.

JUKI, Universal Sign Comprehensive Business Alliance

(November 20, 2003) Morrisville, N.C. and Binghamton, N.Y. — JUKI Corp. and Universal Instruments Corp. have signed a Comprehensive Business Alliance Agreement effective November 1, 2003.

Agilent Technologies Returns to Profitability in Fourth Quarter 2003

(November 19, 2003) Palo Alto, Calif. — Agilent Technologies Inc. has reported orders of $1.73 billion and revenue of $1.68 billion for the fiscal fourth quarter ended October 31, 2003.

GE Global Electronics Solutions Conducts Second Live and Webcast Auction with Expanded Auction Capabilities

(November 19, 2003) San Diego — Due to the success of the live and webcast Printed Circuit Assembly equipment auction held on behalf of a remarketing customer in August 2003, GE Global Electronics Solutions (GES) will conduct a second event on behalf of the customer, on November 19, 2003, in Westborough, Mass.

M-Wave Announces Third Quarter 2003 Financial Results

(November 19, 2003) West Chicago, Ill. — M-Wave Inc. announces net sales of $3.5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2003 and a net loss of $3 million, or 69 cents per share compared to net sales of $3.8 million and a net loss of $3.3 million, or 75 cents per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2002.

Audi AG Deploys Tecnomatix eMPower Solutions to Support Logistics Planning System

(November 19, 2003) Herzlia, Israel — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces that Audi AG, the German automotive manufacturing giant, has implemented a logistics planning solution — Virtual Logistics (ViLog) — based on Tecnomatix eMPower solutions for MPM, including eM-Planner and eM-Reports.

Robert E. Klatell to Retire from Arrow Electronics

(November 18, 2003) Melville, N.Y. — Arrow Electronics Inc. announces that Robert E. Klatell, executive vice president and a member of the Board of Directors, intends to retire from full time active employment with the company effective December 31, 2003.

Credence Reports Better-than-Expected Fourth Quarter Revenue and Bookings

(November 18, 2003) Fremont, Calif. — Credence Systems Corp. expects to report an approximately 30 percent increase in revenue for its fourth fiscal quarter compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2002 and approximately 25 percent over the third quarter of fiscal 2003.

Honeywell Electronic Materials Appoints Oliver Shon as New Greater China Sales Leader

(November 18, 2003) Sunnyvale, Calif. — Honeywell Electronic Materials announces that Oliver Shon has joined the organization as the new greater China sales leader.


Jaco Electronics Reports First Quarter Results

(November 18, 2003) Hauppauge, N.Y. — Jaco Electronics Inc. has reported results for its fiscal 2004 first quarter ended September 30, 2003.

Impact of MEMS Technology to Be Discussed by Analog Devices' VP During MIT Enterprise Forum

(November 17, 2003) Norwood, Mass. — Analog Devices Inc.'s Micromachined Products Division vice president and general manager William Giudice will address the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge at the 25th anniversary event on November 18 in Boston, Mass.

Kemet Relocates Asian Headquarters to Shanghai, Opens Second Asian Production Facility

(November 17, 2003) Shanghai — KEMET has relocated its Asian headquarters here from Singapore.

Toshiba Veteran Ed Monzon Joins Legacy Electronics as Firm Targets Larger OEM Markets

(November 17, 2003) San Clemente, Calif. — Ed Monzon moves from Toshiba America Electronic Components in Irvine, Calif., to take on new business development management challenges at Legacy Electronics.

Martin Freedman of Molex Receives JEDEC Board of Directors Chairman's Award

(November 17, 2003) Arlington, Va. — Martin Freedman, director of industry standards of Molex, was honored by the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association with a 2003 Chairman's Award bestowed by the JEDEC Board of Directors at its November meeting in Las Vegas.

FlexLink Announces Major Medical Device Assembly Equipment Contracts

(November 14, 2003) Bethlehem, Pa. — FlexLink has received significant orders for software and equipment for assembly and quality control of medical devices.

International Rectifier Takes Next Steps in Conversion to Lead-free Packages

(November 14, 2003) El Segundo, Calif. — International Rectifier has initiated the next phase in its product conversion program for lead-free finish packages, a process planned to be completed in 2004.

Libra Industries Announces New Quality Assurance Manager

(November 14, 2003) Mentor, Ohio — Stephen Poynton has been named the new quality assurance manager for Libra Industries.

Proto-Pac Engineering Moves to New Facility

(November 14, 2003) Wilmington, Mass. — Proto-Pac Engineering Inc. has moved from its previous location of 15 years in Wakefield, Mass. to a newer, modern 20,000 sq ft production facility in an industrial "campus" setting in Wilmington.

October Component Orders Continue Upward Movement

(November 13, 2003) Arlington, Va. — Electronic component orders continued their upward movement in October, according to the monthly index issued by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA).


electronicAmericas 2003 Generates First-rate Contacts, Positive Business Climate, Say Exhibitors

(November 13, 2003) São Paulo, Brazil — For five days, electronicAmericas, a regional fair for electronic components and assemblies, electronics production and photonics, attracted trade visitors above all from Brazil and South America, but also from the United States, Asia and Europe.

Rodel and Shipley to Change Name to Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials

(November 13, 2003) Marlboro, Mass. — Shipley Co. and Rodel will become Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, effective February 1, 2004.

Tyco Electronics Introduces Limited Warranty Machine Program

(November 13, 2003) Willow Grove, Pa. — The Tyco Electronics Automation Group (TEAG) at Tyco Electronics, a business segment of Tyco International Ltd. has launched a limited warranty machine program.

Asymtek/Nordson Appoints Smart Technology New Distributor in Europe

(November 12, 2003) Carlsbad, Calif. — Asymtek has added a new distributor, SmartTec (smart technology products and solutions), to represent their line of automated fluid dispensing systems in Germany and Austria.

IPC Proceedings Lead Way to Lead-free

(November 12, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries has released four proceedings on the latest developments toward lead-free implementation.

NWA Moves to New Corporate Headquarters

(November 12, 2003) Portland, Ore. — Northwest Analytical Inc. (NWA) has moved its corporate headquarters to a new location here.

Data I/O Appoints Bob Li President of Data I/O China

(November 12, 2003) Redmond, Wash. — Data I/O Corp. has appointed Robert C. M. Li, Ph.D. as president of Data I/O China effective November 1, 2003.

Adept Technology Signs Rohwedder Pematech as European Value-Added Distributor

(November 11, 2003) Livermore, Calif. and Radolfzell, Germany — Adept Technology Inc. has signed Rohwedder Pematech as its European distributor of the Adept CHADIQ odd-form electronic components assembly platforms and marks the first introduction of this technology to the European market.

Juki Automation Systems Partners with Tecnomatix to Offer Integrated Manufacturing Services

(November 11, 2003) Herzlia, Israel — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. has partnered with Juki Automation Systems Europe to offer integrated solutions for electronics manufacturing.

WBMS Appoints New Director

(November 11, 2003) UK — The World Bureau of Metal Statistics (WBMS) has appointed Kay Nimmo to the Board of Directors.


Vishay Electro-Films Receives Award from Chamber for Conquering Adversity

(November 11, 2003) Warwick, R.I. — The Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce has selected Vishay Intertechnology's Electro-Films division as recipient of its Conquering Adversity Award.

A.B. Isacson Associates Opens European Office

(November 10, 2003) New York — A.B. Isacson Associates Inc. (ABI) opened a European office in London on November 3, 2003.

Jan Willis to Head Industry Marketing for Cadence

(November 10, 2003) San Jose, Calif. — Cadence Design Systems Inc. has named Jan Willis, electronic design automation veteran, senior vice president of the newly created Industry Marketing organization.

Hana Group Facility ISO Certified

(November 10, 2003) Twinsburg, Ohio — The Hana Group's Shanghai, China factory has been certified to ISO 9001:2000.

IPC's Management Meetings to Spur Industry's Decision Makers to Action

(November 10, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the agendas for its Interconnect Manufacturing Services (IMS)/Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Presidents Management and Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Management Council meetings.

Aqueous Technologies Appoints Southwest Systems as New Representative

(November 7, 2003) Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. — Aqueous Technologies Corp. appointed Southwest Systems Technology Inc. as a manufacturer's representative serving the areas of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

BP Microsystems Promotes Lyman Brown to Executive Vice President

(November 7, 2003) Houston — BP Microsystems has promoted Lyman Brown to the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer.

SMTA Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium Program Announced

(November 7, 2003) Minneapolis — The Ninth Annual Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium and Exhibit (February 10 through 12, 2004, Turtle Bay Resort, Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii) promotes international technical interchange and provides a premier forum for extensive networking among microelectronics professionals and business leaders throughout the Pacific Basin.

Indala Names East Coast Regional Sales Manager

(November 7, 2003) San Jose, Calif. — Indala Corp. named William Meekins as sales manager for the eastern region of the U.S.

Tyco Electronics GATD Announces Distribution Agreement with MK Test Systems

(November 6, 2003) UK — Tyco Electronics' Global Application Tooling Division (GATD) has signed a distribution agreement with MK Test Systems, a UK-based manufacturer of high-voltage automatic test equipment.


DEK Appoints New U.S. Financial Controller

(November 6, 2003) San Jose, Calif. — DEK has appointed Raj Lakhotia to the position of financial controller for the company's U.S. operations.

ElectronicAsia 2003 Booming with Southeast Asian Markets

(November 6, 2003) Hong Kong — After subdued growth during the first half of 2003, pent-up demand on the Southeast Asian economy was clearly noticeable at electronicAsia in Hong Kong.

Kyzen's Forsythe to Present at Upcoming Cleaning Tech Forum and Expo in Beijing

(November 6, 2003) Nashville — Kyzen Corp.'s Tom Forsythe will present a paper on cleaning agents at the 2003 International Cleaning-Tech Forum and Expo scheduled to take place November 20 to 22 at the Beijing International Conventional Center in Beijing, China.

Elcoteq Releases Interim Report for January through September 2003

(November 5, 2003) Helsinki, Finland — At the beginning of 2003, Elcoteq Network Corp. expected its full-year net sales to increase by around 60 percent on the previous year's figure based on the acquisition in China at the end of 2002 and on growth in business volume, primarily with existing customers of the Terminal Products business area.

GPD Global Forms Alliance with PETER JORDAN

(November 5, 2003) Grand Junction, Colo. and Germany — GPD Global announces their new alliance with PETER JORDAN GmbH, a distribution company.

Richardson Electronics Showcases Latest in Medical Display Technology at RSNA 2003

(November 5, 2003) LaFox, Ill. — Richardson Electronics will be participating in this year's Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) tradeshow, the world's largest annual medical meeting, in Chicago, November 30 through December 5.

Watlow Appoints David Brooks as Director of Quality/COI

(November 5, 2003) St. Louis — Watlow has hired David Brooks as director of quality.

Four New Subscribers Added to IPC, CAT Inc.'s PCQR2 Database

(November 4, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries and Conductor Analysis Technologies Inc. (CAT Inc.) announce that BAE Systems North America, Raytheon Co., Rockwell Collins Inc., and Sandia National Laboratories have subscribed to their joint Printed Board Process Capability, Quality and Relative Reliability (PCQR2) Benchmark Database.

Orbotech Announces Third Quarter 2003 Results

(November 4, 2003) Yavne, Israel — Orbotech Ltd. has announced its consolidated financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2003.

Industry Comments for Lead-free and RoHS Directive Compliance Labeling Scheme Needed

(November 4, 2003) UK — Soldertec Global, in association with trade associations around the world, is working to assess the industry requirements for Pb-free and/or RoHS Directive labeling schemes and to generate a guidance document on this issue.


Cookson Electronics Launches CE Analytics

(November 4, 2003) Foxboro, Mass. — Responding to the electronics and surface finishing industries' growing need for qualified analytical resources to help solve specific and complex application problems, Cookson Electronics has launched CE Analytics, a $5 million technology facility staffed with highly skilled scientists and application engineers.

Cypress MicroSystems, Arrow Electronics to Present Net Seminar

(November 3, 2003) Lynnwood, Wash. — Cypress MicroSystems Inc., a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., and Arrow Electronics will present a one-hour Web seminar entitled "Designing Motor Controls and Battery Chargers with the PSoC Mixed-Signal Array."

AVX Corp. Declares Dividend

(November 3, 2003) Myrtle Beach, S.C. — AVX Corp. declared a dividend of 4 cents per common share for the quarter ended September 30, 2003.

SMTA Seeks Participants for Medical Electronics Symposium

(November 3, 2003) Minneapolis — The SMTA announces plans for a Medical Electronics Symposium.

IPC Testifies Before Congress on EPA's Toxic Release Industry Program

(October 31, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries testified before a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on the significant burden the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program places on small businesses throughout the electronics interconnect industry.

Lead-free Newsletter Introduced to Industry

(October 31, 2003) Naples, Fla. — A new lead-free resource, LeadFree Magazine.com is dedicated to helping companies in the transition to lead-free.

Richardson Electronics Launches Online Customer Technical Support

Solectron Receives Brocade's Customer Focus Award

(October 31, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. — Solectron Corp. has received the Supplier of the Year Award for Customer Focus from Brocade Communications Systems Inc.

Elcoteq Acquires 20 Percent of ISIS Surface Mounting

(October 30, 2003) Helsinki, Finland and San Jose, Calif. — Elcoteq Network Corp. and ISIS Surface Mounting Inc. have formed an agreement whereby Elcoteq has acquired 20 percent of ISIS shares.

Soldertec Global Launches Redesigned Web Site

(October 30, 2003) UK — Soldertec Global is launching a new look to its Web site.


Ticona and LPFK Laser & Electronics Sign Know-How and Licensing Agreement

(October 30, 2003) Wilsonville, Ore. and Kelsterbach, Germany — LPKF Laser & Electronics has entered a know-how and license agreement with Ticona for the material Vectra LCP (liquid crystal polymer).

IPC Professional Development Courses to Elevate Potential of Industry

(October 30, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the most comprehensive compilation of professional development courses for the entire electronics manufacturing supply chain.

Benchmark Electronics Declares 3-for-2 Stock Split

(October 29, 2003) Angleton, Texas — Benchmark Electronics Inc.'s Board of Directors has declared a 3-for-2 stock split in the form of a stock dividend of one-half share of common stock for every one share of common stock outstanding.

Kester Participates in Upcoming SMTA Webcast

(October 29, 2003) Des Plaines, Ill. — Northrop Grumman Corp. announces that its business unit Kester will participate in the first SMTA Online Symposium on December 1 at noon, along with other soldering companies.

IPC Releases IMS/PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio and IMS/PCB Business Report for September 2003

(October 29, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced the findings from its monthly Interconnect Manufacturing Services (IMS)/Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program.

Advanced Forecasting Introduces Forecasts for Computers, Passive and Interconnect at NEDA Conference

(October 29, 2003) Cupertino, Calif. — Advanced Forecasting will introduce its forecasts for major products of electronic distributors at NEDA's Chicago Conference on Monday, November 3, 2003.

AVX Reports Results for September 2003 Quarter

(October 28, 2003) Myrtle Beach, S.C. — AVX Corp. reported that net sales were $267.3 million in the second quarter ended September 30, 2003.

Creative Automation Expands WittcoSales Territory to Include Northern California and Nevada

(October 28, 2003) Sun Valley, Calif. — Creative Automation Co. has appointed WittcoSales as a manufacturer's representative serving Northern and Southern California, South of San Luis Obispo and San Diego areas, including Baja California all the way to Tijuana, Mexicali, San Luis, Tecate, Ensenada and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Engent, ITM Consulting Partner on Lead-free Deployment Solutions Program

(October 28, 2003) Atlanta — Engent Inc. and ITM Consulting will partner on Engent's Lead-free Deployment Solutions Program.

Indigo Systems Moves to Larger Headquarters

(October 28, 2003) Goleta, Calif. — Indigo Systems has expanded its headquarters to a larger facility in the same business park complex here.


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