MEMS Industry Finding Success One Step at a Time, Says In-Stat
(June 30, 2004) Scottsdale, Ariz. — While the first half of 2003 was not terribly promising for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) suppliers, business activity picked up considerably in the fourth quarter of 2003, and has remained strong through the first half of 2004, reports In-Stat/MDR.
GlobalSpec, Dice Partner to Offer Engineers New Job Search Resources
(June 29, 2004) Troy, N.Y. — GlobalSpec, The Engineering Search Engine, and Dice Inc., the leading provider of online recruiting services for technology professionals, announce a strategic partnership to establish the first-ever engineering job search on GlobalSpec.
Aeroflex Announces Plan to Divest Shock and Vibration Control Business
(June 28, 2004) Plainview, N.Y. — Aeroflex Inc. announces it will divest its shock and vibration control device manufacturing business located in Bloomingdale, N.J., and will seek a strategic buyer.
Richardson Elected to Schneider Board of Directors
(June 25, 2004) Palatine, Ill. — Chris C. Richardson, who retired last month as chairman, president and CEO of the Schneider Electric North American Operating Division, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Schneider Electric.
Valpey-Fisher Adds SM Electronic Technologies to Worldwide Distributor Network
(June 25, 2004) Hopkinton, Mass. and Bangalore, India — Valpey-Fisher Corp. has added SM Electronic Technologies Pvt Ltd, to the Valpey Fisher global distribution and rep network as their exclusive authorized distributor for all Valpey Fisher Corp. product lines to the Indian market.
Advantest Named One of World's 10 Best Equipment Suppliers by VLSI for 16th Straight Year
(June 24, 2004) Santa Clara, Calif. — Advantest Corp. announces that for the 16th consecutive year, the company has been rated as one of the world's top equipment suppliers in the annual customer satisfaction survey conducted by VLSI Research Inc.
ATS Opens Canada's First Solar Energy Manufacturing Facility
(June 24, 2004) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada — ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. has opened Canada's first full-scale solar cell manufacturing plant and unveiled its revolutionary new photovoltaic technology that will soon be produced in commercial quantities from the highly automated 193,000 sq ft facility located in this southwestern Ontario city.
IPC Keynote Speaker Makes History
(June 24, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that Burt Rutan, founder and CEO of Scaled Composites and designer of SpaceShipOne, the first privately funded rocket ship to carry a human into space, will be the final keynote speaker at its co-located IPC SMEMA Council's APEX/IPC Printed Circuits Expo/IPC Designers Summit exhibition.
2004 European Electronics Industry Awards to be Presented at electronica 2004
(June 23, 2004) Munich, Germany — The 2004 European Electronics Industry Awards will be held here on November 9, 2004, in conjunction with electronica.
AMS Relocates to Larger Manufacturing Facilities
(June 23, 2004) Okemah, Okla. — To support its expanding full service, end-to-end contract manufacturing services to the defense and aviation industries, AMS (American Manufacturing Services) has moved to significantly larger facilities here, a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone).
Dow Corning Names Solutions Center Manager
(June 22, 2004) Midland, Mich. — Dow Corning Corp. has named Thierry Materne, Ph.D., global technology and business development manager for the company's new Surface and Interface Solutions Center (SISC) in Seneffe, Belgium.
JNJ Industries Appoints Clark, Clearsource New Rep in Carolinas
(June 22, 2004) Franklin, Mass. and Graham, N.C. — JNJ Industries Inc. has appointed Randall Clark and Clearsource Inc. to represent JNJ's products in North and South Carolina.
IPC Designs Symposiums for North American Marketplace
(June 21, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — The IPC Designers Council will host two Designers Learning Symposiums from August 24 through 25, 2004, in Albuquerque, N.M. and from November 9 through 10, 2004, in Montreal, Canada, for printed circuit board (PCB) designers throughout North America.
CARTS-Europe Accepting Technical Papers
(June 18, 2004) Arlington, Va. — Abstracts for technical papers and reservations for exhibit space are being accepted for CARTS-Europe 2004, to be held October 18 through 21 in Nice, France.
Elcoteq's Monterrey, Mexico Facility Increases Capacity by 43 Percent
(June 17, 2004) Irving, Texas — Elcoteq Network Corp. has added three surface mount manufacturing production lines at Elcoteq America's facility in Monterrey, Mexico.
Eolane Deploys Tecnomatix Solutions Across France
(June 17, 2004) Herzlia, Israel — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces that Eolane has finalized an agreement through a Tecnomatix Sales Channel partner, Accelonix France to deploy eMPower for Electronics solutions across all of Eolane's manufacturing sites in France.
IMS Appoints DM Associates Reps in Five States
(June 16, 2004) Portsmouth, R.I. and Columbus, Ohio — International Manufacturing Services Inc. (IMS) has appointed DM Associates Inc. as the company's representative in the states of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and western Pennsylvania.
Sanmina-SCI Selects Manugistics' Seven Demand and Supply Management Solutions
(June 14, 2004) Santa Clara, Calif. — Manugistics Group Inc. announced at its Electronics and High Tech Summit that Sanmina-SCI Corp. will extend its use of Manugistics solutions worldwide to drive further improvements across its materials planning, supplier collaboration and logistics processes.
Gallagher Named New President of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas
(June 11, 2004) Phoenix — Avnet Electronics Marketing, the largest operating group of Avnet Inc., announces that Phil Gallagher has been promoted to president, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, effective July 5, 2004, concurrent with Avnet's fiscal year 2005.
Watlow Web Site Updated with New Design, Navigation and Content
(June 11, 2004) St. Louis — Watlow has launched its newly redesigned Web site, featuring a new look complete with new graphics, enhanced toolbars for improved navigation and updates to the content.
Asymtek's Barbiaz is Keynoter for IMAPS 2004
(June 9, 2004) Washington, D.C. — IMAPS (International Microelectronics And Packaging Society) announces that Alec J. Barbiaz will be the keynote speaker at the 37th International Symposium on Microelectronics to be held November 14 through 18, 2004, at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, Calif.
SMTA Announces SMTA International Opening Session and Annual Meeting
(June 7, 2004) Minneapolis — The Opening Session and Annual Meeting during SMTA International, which is taking place September 26 through 30 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Chicago, Ill., will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 28 and 29, respectively.
FlexLink Announces Expanded E-Services Interactive Resource
(June 4, 2004) Allentown, Pa. — FlexLink Systems announces the expansion of their E-services interactive information resource, now able to give users all the information that they need to plan, configure, buy, and install FlexLink's conveyors and automated solutions for assembly and manufacturing processes.
Hwang Appointed Advisor to Hong Kong Productivity Council
(June 3, 2004) Hong Kong — Jennie Hwang, Ph.D., president of Cleveland-based H-Technologies Inc. and an SMT Advisory Board member, has been appointed advisor to the Hong Kong Productivity Council.
SMTA International to Include Lead-free Offerings
(June 2, 2004) Minneapolis — SMTA is again co-locating its annual conference, SMTA International, with the Assembly Tech Expo (ATExpo) show this fall at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.
Tecan Opens New Facility in California
(June 2, 2004) Weymouth, Dorset, UK — Tecan has opened the doors to its new sales and technical support facility in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., in order to ensure the best local support for its increasing customer base in the U.S. and the rapidly emerging markets of Mexico and Asia.
IPC, CAT Inc.'s PCQR2 Database Continues to Grow
(June 2, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries and Conductor Analysis Technologies Inc. (CAT Inc.) have announced that their joint Process Capability, Quality and Relative Reliability (PCQR2) Benchmark Database now includes 11 active subscribers, with the recent addition of PCB supplier Tyco Electronics Printed Circuit Group and a major North American original equipment manufacturer (OEM).
Synapsis, UGA PLM Solutions Sign Reseller Agreement
(May 28, 2004) Spring House, Pa. — Synapsis Technology Inc. and UGS PLM Solutions have signed an agreement making Synapsis a certified reseller of UGS PLM Solutions' Teamcenter portfolio, the world's most widely used suite of PLM solutions.
Arrow Recognizes AVX with Award for Largest Sales Volume
(May 28, 2004) Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Melville, N.Y. — AVX Corp. has received recognition from Arrow Electronics, a world leader in electronics distribution.
Solectron Completes Divestiture of Sensor Products Business
(May 28, 2004) Milpitas, Calif. — Solectron Corp. has completed the sale of its Kavlico sensor products business to Schneider Electric, an international manufacturer of electrical distribution, industrial control and automation equipment.
IPC Lobbying Efforts Extend Beyond Recent Successful Capitol Hill Day
(May 27, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — Led by its members, IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries carried high the banner for a fair, open and rules-based international trading system at its recent Capitol Hill Day, the industry's premier lobbying event.
Speedline, Aegis Offer iMonitor Real Time Monitoring and SPC Software to Support the CAMX-Empowered Factory
(May 27, 2004) Franklin, Mass. and Horsham, Pa. — Speedline Technologies Inc. and Aegis Industrial Software Corp. announce the availability of Aegis' iMonitor remote monitoring software for use with Speedline's leading Camalot dispensing, MPM printing and Electrovert reflow oven equipment for the electronics manufacturing industry.
Axsys Technologies Acquires Telic Optics
(May 26, 2004) Rocky Hill, Conn. and North Billerica, Mass. — Axsys Technologies Inc. has acquired all of the stock of Telic Optics, effective April 8, 2004.
Glenbrook Ships 1,000th Real-time X-ray Inspection System
(May 26, 2004) Randolph, N.J. — Glenbrook Technologies shipped its 1,000th "serial number" real-time X-ray inspection system on May 12, 2004.
ATS Automation Tooling Systems Appoints Jutras COO
(May 25, 2004) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada — The Board of Directors of ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. has appointed Ron Jutras, the company's executive vice president and chief financial officer as chief operating officer.
'Made in America' Host Ratzenberger to Keynote Assembly Technology Expo 2004
(May 24, 2004) Norwalk, Conn. — Assembly Technology Expo will feature a keynote address by actor John Ratzenberger, producer and host of the Travel Channel's John Ratzenberger's Made in America series, that honors the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of American manufacturing.
ATS Automation Tooling Systems Reports Fourth Quarter Results
(May 24, 2004) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada — ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. has reported its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2004, including sharp increases in revenue, operating earnings, automation systems order bookings and order backlog.
Shenzhen Huamei Electroplating Technology Ltd. Voted 'Best Brand' by Chinese Customers
(May 24, 2004) Kowloon, Hong Kong — Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics company, announces that Shenzhen Huamei Electroplating Technology Ltd. was voted "Best Brand" in a survey conducted by the Market Information Centre of People Daily (Beijing, China).
NEPCON East/Electro, Assembly East 2004 Signal Pick-up in Northeast Manufacturing
(May 21, 2004) Boston — NEPCON East/Electro and Assembly East 2004 attracted 4,013 manufacturing industry professionals, representing a 14 percent increase from the 2003 event.
SMTA Announces 2004 Pan Pacific Symposium Best Paper Award
(May 21, 2004) Minneapolis — As speakers at the Ninth Annual Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium (February 10 through 12, 2004, Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii), individuals promoted international technical exchange and joined in a diverse forum for extensive networking among microelectronics professionals.
ECA Order Index Shows Continued Growth in April
(May 20, 2004) Arlington, Va. — The monthly order index compiled by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA) continued its upward trend in April, marking the ninth month in a row in which the 12-month moving average has risen.
Park Electrochemical Announces Nelco, SAS to Become Part of Park's Neltec Group
(May 20, 2004) Lake Success, N.Y. — Park Electrochemical Corp. announces that, effective immediately, its Nelco, SAS subsidiary located in Mirebeau, France is being integrated into the company's Neltec group of businesses.
Tecnomatix Expands Machining Process Planning, Simulation Capabilities through Strategic Alliance with EXAPT
(May 19, 2004) Herzlia, Israel and Germany — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. has entered into an agreement with EXAPT, a leading German CAD/CAM provider, to offer a scalable, integrated NC (numeric control) verification solution for manufacturers ranging from low-end tool-path simulation up to high-end, total workspace simulation based on post-processed, machine-specific programming.
FlexLink Plans Press Conference, Hourly Presentations at MD&M East
(May 18, 2004) Allentown, Pa. — FlexLink Systems will host a press conference at MD&M East, billed as the world's largest trade show for medical device manufacturing, on Tuesday, June 15, 2004, at 2 p.m. in the FlexLink exhibit booth, #2659 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
AVX Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results; Declares Dividend
(May 17, 2004) Myrtle Beach, S.C. — AVX Corp. reports that net sales were $315.8 million in the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2004, and $1.1 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004.
Asymtek, Plexus to Discuss Medical Device Assembly Using Jet Dispensing at SMTA Medical Electronics Symposium
(May 14, 2004) Carlsbad, Calif. — Asymtek Product Manager Steve Adamson and Plexus Senior Staff Process Engineer Todd Woods will be co-presenting the paper, "Medical Device Assembly using Jet Dispensing for Underfill and Encapsulants," during the upcoming SMTA Medical Electronics Symposium in Minneapolis, Minn. on May 19, 2004.
Dow Corning, IMEC to President Joint Paper at ECTC
(May 14, 2004) Midland, Mich. and Belgium — Dow Corning Corp. and Belgium's Interuniversity MicroElectronics Center (IMEC) will present a technical paper on wafer-level packaging during the 54th Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC) held next month in Las Vegas, Nev.
Indium's Lee Keynote Speaker at Alcatel Bell's Technology Day
(May 13, 2004) Geel, Belgium — Alcatel Bell's 2004 Technology Day, held at the Alcatel Bell facility here on June 10, will feature Indium Corp.'s Ning-Cheng Lee, Ph.D. as keynote speaker.
DEK Continues to Invest in Stencil Business
(May 12, 2004) San Jose, Calif. — DEK announces the installation of next-generation laser cutting equipment in its Guadalajara, Mexico stencil manufacturing facility, which the company says is a direct response to current and anticipated customer requirements.
FEINFOCUS, Kester Partner for Lead-free Inspection Seminars
(May 12, 2004) Stamford, Conn. and Des Plaines, Ill. — FEINFOCUS and Kester recently teamed up to offer their expertise to electronics assemblers through a series of technical seminars on reliable and cost-effective implementation of lead-free assembly operations, process issues, inspection and reliability technology.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: MEPTEC Converging Technologies Symposium Discusses Merging MEMS and Wafer-Level Packaging
(May 11, 2004) Santa Clara, Calif. — MEMS (microelectromechnical systems) has become one of the hottest topics discussed in the industry today. MEMS revenues are forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15 to 20 percent over the next few years, while units shipped are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 25 to 30 percent.
Kent State Sophomore Honored at YWCA Women of Achievement Award Luncheon
(May 11, 2004) Cleveland — The YWCA of Greater Cleveland honored Kent State University sophomore Amanda Yoho with the Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award, an award of $2,000, during its annual YWCA Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon yesterday.
IPCWorks 2004 Technical Conference Focuses on Design, Flex and Chips, Packing and Storage
(May 10, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces a call for papers for its IPCWorks 2004 technical conference, which takes place October 28, 2004, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
Standardized Data Collection and Machine Vendor-Software Provider Collaboration Key to SMT Software Market Growth, Says Frost & Sullivan
(May 7, 2004) Palo Alto, Calif. — New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, World SMT Equipment Software Market, reveals that revenue in this market totaled $236.9 million in 2003 and is projected to reach $425.4 million by 2010.
Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. Announces Staff Changes
(May 6, 2004) Melville, N.Y. — Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. announces that Irving Lubman, the company's chairman of the board and chief operating officer, has determined to retire from such offices effective June 1, 2004.
Bluetooth-Enabled Products Poised to Go Mainstream, Says In-Stat/MDR
(May 5, 2004) Scottsdale, Ariz. — Although Bluetooth-enabled devices have not quite entered the true mainstream yet, they are poised to take that next step, finds In-Stat/MDR.
TFI Releases New Approach to Calculating Total Cost of Ownership when Outsourcing Electronics Manufacturing
(May 5, 2004) Alameda, Calif. — Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI) has released Version 9.0 of the Global Pricing Workshop, which gives reliable prices for electronics manufacturing and design services in nearly 20 countries.
Polyclad Laminates Appoints Scott Trevino OEM Marketing Manager
(May 4, 2004) Londonderry, N.H. — Polyclad Laminates Inc., a Cookson Electronics company, has named Scott Trevino OEM marketing manager, responsible for all OEM marketing and services activities on the West Coast.
Cyber Technologies USA Signs New Representatives in Midwest, Southern California
(May 4, 2004) Ogdensburg, N.Y. — Cyber Technologies USA announces the appointment of two new manufacturer's representative organizations to represent the company's line of precision laser-based non-contact metrology systems in the Midwest and Southern California, respectively.
Rohm and Haas Company Reports First Quarter 2004 Results
(May 4, 2004) Philadelphia — Rohm and Haas Co. has reported first quarter sales of $1.8 billion, a 14 percent increase over the same period in 2003, reflecting strong demand in most businesses, along with the favorable impact of currencies.
ATS Wins $34 Million Automation Systems Contract from Multinational Health Care Company
(May 3, 2004) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada — ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. has been selected to supply automated manufacturing systems to a major multinational health care company under an order valued at approximately US $34 million.
Speakers from Europe, The Americas and Japan to Appear at International Conference on Lead-free Electronics
(April 30, 2004) Amsterdam — The second International Conference on Lead-free Electronics, jointly sponsored by IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries and Soldertec Global, will be held at the RAI International Exhibition Congress Centre here from June 21 through 23.
NEMI Plans Tin Whisker Meetings at ECTC
(April 29, 2004) Herndon, Va. — The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) will sponsor a tin whisker workshop and a component supplier/large user meeting at the upcoming IEEE Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC) in Las Vegas, taking place June 1 through 4.
Samsung Computers Implements Tecnomatix eMPower Solutions is Key China Plant
(April 29, 2004) Herzlia, Israel and Korea — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces that electronic manufacturing solution provider Samsung Computers has implemented eMPower solutions from Tecnomatix Unicam, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd., in its first Chinese computer manufacturing facility.
MEMS for Optical Networks Finally Seeing the Light, Says In-Stat/MDR
(April 28, 2004) Scottsdale, Ariz. — With the telecom industry apparently emerging from the abyss in which it has resided for the past few years, In-Stat/MDR is cautiously optimistic with regards to the market for MEMS-based components in optical networks.
National Quality Assurance, USA Accredits to ANSI/ESD S20.20-1999 for Development of ESD Control Program
(April 28, 2004) Acton, Mass. — National Quality Assurance USA announces its accreditation through the Electrostatic Discharge Association to provide audit services against the ANSI/ESD S20.20-1999 Standard for the Development of an Electrostatic Discharge Control Program.
Delta Air Lines Selects Teradyne's NxGen Automated Test System for Commercial Avionics Support
(April 28, 2004) Montreal — Teradyne Inc. announces that Delta TechOps, a division of Delta Air Lines, has selected Teradyne's Next Generation Automated Test System (NxGen ATS) to support Delta's fleet of Boeing aircraft.
IPC, HKPCA to Stage 2004 International Printed Circuit and Electronics Assembly Fair in Dongguan
(April 27, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that the 2004 International Printed Circuit and Electronics Assembly Fair, jointly organized by Hong Kong Printed Circuit Association (HKPCA) and IPC, will be held December 8 through 10, 2004, at Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Centre in Dongguan, China.
Asymtek, Cookson Materials Group Work Together on Jetting Underfill Project
(April 26, 2004) Carlsbad, Calif. and Alpharetta, Ga. — To obtain optimal process solutions for their customers, Asymtek teamed with Cookson Electronics' Semiconductor Products Division on a new project to jet underfill.
Convergence of Technologies Boosts Sales of Electronic Components, Says Frost & Sullivan
(April 26, 2004) Palo Alto, Calif. — New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, World Electronic Components and Packaging Market, reveals that revenue in this market totaled $8.25 billion in 2003 and is projected to reach $17.10 billion by 2010.
AVX Announces Restructuring in Europe
(April 23, 2004) Myrtle Beach, S.C. — AVX Corp. has concluded discussions with local administration and labor union representatives in France in connection with plans to exit the ferrite component market in Europe and to close a related factory in Beaune, France.
IPC Celebrates Victory for California PCB Manufacturers
(April 22, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries and its California Circuits Association (CCA) applaud Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent signing of California's Workers' Compensation Reform Bill, which promises to save up to $7 billion a year for the state's employers.
NEMI Names Alan Rae Director of Research
(April 22, 2004) Foxboro, Mass. and Herndon, Va.— Alan Rae, Cookson Electronics vice president of technology, has been named director of research by the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI).
Agilent Technologies, Digi-Key Announce Distribution Agreement
(April 21, 2004) Palo Alto, Calif. and Thief River Falls, Minn. — Agilent Technologies Inc. and Digi-Key Corp. have signed a distribution agreement.
Solectron Completes Divestiture of SMART Modular Technologies Business
(April 21, 2004) Milpitas and Fremont, Calif. — Solectron Corp. has completed the sale of SMART Modular Technologies Inc. and other affiliated SMART Modular Technologies companies to Texas Pacific Group, Francisco Partners and Shah Management.
Solectron Files Shelf Registration Statement with SEC
(April 20, 2004) Milpitas, Calif. — Solectron Corp. has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a registration statement on Form S-3 relating to the resale by selling security-holders of the company's 0.50 percent Convertible Senior Notes due 2034, and the common stock issuable upon conversion of the notes.
TESCO T.S. Selects Tecnomatix eMPower Solutions
(April 20, 2004) Herzlia, Israel and Turin, Italy — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces that TESCO T.S., one of Italy's top automotive production design companies, has signed a contract for the implementation of eMPower software.
Tecnomatix Demonstrates How to Speed Up Manufacturing Process Ramp Up at Germany's Hannover Fair
(April 19, 2004) Herzlia, Israel — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. will demonstrate the features and benefits of its eMPower, Xfactory and FactoryLink product lines at Germany's Hannover Fair from April 19 through 24.
Relief in Sight for IPC Members Facing High Insurance Costs
(April 19, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — In response to industry's recent challenges in securing quality property and casualty insurance at affordable rates, IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries has selected Sentry Insurance as its preferred insurance provider for its more than 875 U.S.-based EMS, IMS/PCB manufacturing and supplier member companies.
Solectron Completes Divestiture of Call Center Business
(April 19, 2004) Milpitas, Calif. — Solectron Corp. has completed the sale of its Stream International call center business to the parent company of ECE Holdings Inc., a leading global provider of outsourced technical support and customer service and funded by H.I.G. Capital.
SMTA Launches Workshops on Implementing Lead-free
(April 16, 2004) Minneapolis — In a new full-day SMTA workshop, "Implementing Lead-free Assembly at Your Facility," noted process expert and holder of the prestigious SMTA Founder's Award Ronald C. Lasky, Ph.D., Indium Corp. senior technologist, Dartmouth College visiting professor and SMTEditorial Advisory Board Member, will deliver information, experience and knowledge on establishing a lead-free process.
ECA Order Index Shows Continued Growth in March
(April 15, 2004) Arlington, Va. — The monthly order index compiled by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA) continued its slow upward movement in March, creating hopes that profits will follow.
Lea Honored at NPL Ceremony
(April 15, 2004) Teddington, UK — Colin Lea, a scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) here, recently was honored with a celebration of his 60th birthday and 33 years with NPL.
USB Adoption Contributes to Demand for Electronic/Electrical Computer Accessories, Says VDC
(April 15, 2004) Natick, Mass. — According to a recent report by Venture Development Corp. (VDC), "The U.S. Aftermarket for Computer Accessories — Fifth Edition," the total U.S. unit volume shipments of USB computer cables reached nearly 28 million units in 2003.
Venture Outsource Group President Collaborates on Course at California Polytechnic
(April 15, 2004) San Jose, Calif. — Venture Outsource Group president Mark Zetter has been invited to be a guest instructor and develop curriculum for a graduate course at The Orfalea College of Business-Industrial Technology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
AeA Paper Finds that Offshoring Is Just One Element in a Rapidly Changing and Dramatically Competitive World
(April 14, 2004) Washington, D.C. — AeA's new paper, "Offshore Outsourcing in an Increasingly Competitive and Rapidly Changing World," finds that offshore outsourcing is just one part of today's world.
China's Currency Manipulation Issue Tops IPC's Capitol Hill Day Agency
(April 14, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that the Chinese currency manipulation crisis will be its top priority during Capitol Hill Day, which takes place Wednesday, May 12, 2004, in Washington, D.C.
Solectron Announces Early Settlement Offer for 41.8 Million of its 7.25 Percent Adjustable Conversion
(April 14, 2004) Milpitas, Calif. — Solectron Corp. has commenced an offer to exchange up to 41.8 million, or 95 percent, of its outstanding 7.25 percent Adjustable Conversion-Rate Equity Security Units (Equity Security Units).
FlexLink Announces Growth-driven Appointments, Promotions
(April 13, 2004) Allentown, Pa. — FlexLink announces two new appointments, driven by the company's growth and expanding commitment to customer service excellence.
Competition Authorities Approve Elcoteq's Divestment of Industrial Electronics Business Activities
(April 12, 2004) Helsinki, Finland — Competition authorities have given their approval to the arrangement announced on February 27, 2004, whereby Elcoteq will divest its industrial electronics business activities.
Key Electronics Chooses Aegis Software for Factory-wide Information Management
(April 9, 2004) New Albany, Ind. and Philadelphia — Key Electronics has purchased the entire scope of Aegis Industrial Software Corp. software to support all factory information management, from NPI through manufacturing execution, quality, traceability and line monitoring.
EXFO Reports Sales Growth of 14.4 Percent Year-over-Year; 5.8 Percent Quarter-over-Quarter
(April 8, 2004) Quebec City, Canada — EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. reports sales growth of 14.4 percent year-over-year and 5.8 percent quarter-over-quarter for the second quarter ended February 29, 2004.
NEMI, IEEE CPMT Society Form Strategic Partnership
(April 8, 2004) Herndon, Va. — The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) and the IEEE Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology Society (CPMT) have entered into a formal agreement that outlines key areas of collaboration between the two organizations.
Polyclad Laminates Manufacturing Expansion Completed in Elk Grove, Calif.
(April 7, 2004) Londonderry, N.H. — Cookson Electronics celebrated the expansion of its Polyclad Laminates state-of-the-art electronics material manufacturing facility in Elk Grove, Calif.
Asymtek to Present Conformal Coating and Microelectronics Dispensing Workshop
(April 6, 2004) Carlsbad, Calif. — Asymtek, together with fluid suppliers Dow Corning, Dymax, Emerson & Cuming, Henkel Technologies, Humiseal, and Shin-Etsu will present a two-day conformal coating and microelectronics dispensing seminar from April 27 through 28 in Westford, Mass.
VDC Forecasts High Adoption Rates for Wireline, Wireless Ethernet in Industrial Facilities
(April 6, 2004) Natick, Mass. — According to a soon-to-be-released report by Venture Development Corp., "Worldwide Industrial Markets for Ethernet Infrastructure Components and Network Software," the markets for wireline and wireless Ethernet infrastructure networking components will experience nearly 22 percent and 35 percent growth rates respectively over the next three years.
Solectron to Sell Sensor Products Business to Schneider Electric
(April 5, 2004) Milpitas, Calif. — Solectron Corp. signed a definitive agreement to sell its Kavlico sensor products business to Schneider Electric, an international manufacturer of electrical distribution, industrial control and automation equipment, for approximately $195 million in cash.
Asymtek Receives Intel's Prestigious SCQI Award
(April 5, 2004) Carlsbad, Calif. — Asymtek, A Nordson Company was named a recipient of Intel Corp.'s prestigious 2003 Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award, Intel's highest honor for its suppliers, for outstanding commitment to quality and performance by suppliers that provide products and services deemed essential to Intel's success.
In-Stat/MDR Announces Embedded Processor Forum 2004
(April 5, 2004) Scottsdale, Ariz. — In-Stat/MDR announces this year's Embedded Processor Forum 2004, to be held May 17 through 20 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, Calif.
Telrad Networks Selects Agilent's Automated X-ray Test System
(March 26, 2004) Palo Alto, Calif. — Agilent Technologies Inc. announces that Telrad Networks, a global leader in telecommunications infrastructure deployment, has selected the Agilent 5DX Series automated X-ray test system to create a complete test solution for its complex printed circuit board assemblies (PCAs).
Actia Group Selects Visiprise
(March 26, 2004) Atlanta and Toulouse, France — Visiprise Inc. has been selected by Actia Group to provide quality and production management control for its manufacturing plants in Tunis, Tunisia and Colomiers, France.
Betatron Wins Free Use of Dage's XiDAT X-ray System at APEX
(March 24, 2004) Fremont, Calif. — In a drawing held during APEX 2004, Betatron Inc., a Northern California contract assembler specializing in high-end prototype assembly, won the free use of Dage Precision Industries' XD6500 digital X-ray system.
Elcoteq Announces Decisions of Its Annual General Meeting
(March 24, 2004) Helsinki, Finland — Elcoteq Network Corp.'s Annual General Meeting, which took place here on March 17, 2004, confirmed the consolidated and parent company's income statements and balance sheets for 2003 and discharged the Board of Directors and the president and CEO from liability for the financial year.
Kester, Metcal, KIC Present Lead-free Assembly Seminars
(March 24, 2004) Des Plaines, Ill. — Kester, Metcal and KIC will present a series of Lead-free Technology Seminars scheduled to take place throughout 2004.
Solectron Revenues for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2004 Increase 7 Percent
(March 24, 2004) Milpitas, Calif. — Solectron Corp. has reported sales of $2.9 billion in the second quarter of fiscal 2004, up 7.1 percent from $2.7 billion in the first quarter, and up 22.4 percent from $2.4 billion in the second quarter of last year.
Universal Standardises Multi-Channel Global Pricing and Logistics
(March 23, 2004) Binghamton, N.Y. — Universal Instruments announces that from April 1, 2004, it has standardized its aftermarket product pricing and logistics options globally, irrespective of the sales channel selected by purchasers in any geographic region.
Elcoteq to Manufacture Digital Connection Devices for Schmid Telecom
(March 22, 2004) Espoo, Finland and Switzerland — Elcoteq Network Corp. and Schmid Telecom have signed a cooperation agreement under which Elcoteq will start manufacturing high-speed connection devices in the Watson 5 product family (G.SHDSL platform: E1, Nx64 and Ethernet) for Schmid Telecom.
Fox Adds RS Components Ltd. to Global Distribution Network
(March 22, 2004) Fort Myers, Fla. and Corby, Northants, UK — Fox Electronics has added RS Components Ltd. to the Fox global distribution network.
Johnson Controls Automotive Group Strengthens World Electronics R&D Center in Pontoise, France
(March 22, 2004) Chicago — Last year Johnson Controls expanded its electronics engineering capabilities with the hiring of more than 100 new engineers at the facility in Pontoise, France, bringing the total work force to approximately 800 employees.
Call for Papers Issued for 10th Electronic Circuit World Convention
(March 19, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announces a call for papers for the 10th Electronic Circuit World Convention (ECWC 10), which it will host February 21 through 24, 2005, in conjunction with its co-located IPC SMEMA Council's APEX/IPC Printed Circuits Expo/IPC Designers Summit exhibition in Anaheim, Calif.
Kester, Metcal to Present Lead-free Seminar at Advanced Manufacturing Expo
(March 19, 2004) Des Plaines, Ill. — Kester and Metcal will present a three-part lead-free assembly seminar at the Advanced Manufacturing Expo at The International Center in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, on March 24 and 25, 2004.
56 Distinguished Committee Members Earn Awards at 2004 IPC Exhibition
(March 18, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries honored 56 individuals with Distinguished Committee Service Awards at its co-located IPC SMEMA Council's APEX/IPC Printed Circuits Expo/IPC Designers Summit exhibition and conference, held February 24 through 26, in Anaheim, Calif.
Cobar Opens North American Headquarters and Distribution Center
(March 17, 2004) Breda, Holland — Cobar Europe BV announces the March 1, 2004, opening of a North American headquarters, Cobar Solder Products, in Londonderry, N.H.
Frost Publishes Study on China versus Mexico for EMS
(March 17, 2004) Palo Alto, Calif. — New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, "China versus Mexico EMS Provider Markets," reveals that the world EMS provider market generated revenues of $92.2 billion in 2002 and is likely to reach $334.7 billion by 2009.
Nu Visions Installs Orbotech AOI Systems
(March 17, 2004) Billerica and Springfield, Mass. — Orbotech Inc., the North American subsidiary of Orbotech Ltd., announces the installation of two Trion-2340HD automated optical inspection (AOI) systems and integrated ADVISOR process control software tools at Nu Visions Manufacturing LLC.
SMTA Atlanta Chapter to Host Meeting on Embedded Component and Die Technology
(March 17, 2004) Alpharetta, Ga. — On Thursday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. here at Assembleon's facility, David Raby and Casey Hatcher from Soldering Technology International will speak on embedded component and die technology (IC/DT).
New Report from TFI Focuses on Safeguarding Electronics IP In China
(March 16, 2004) Alameda, Calif. — A new report entitled The Chinese Challenge, Intellectual Property (IP) in China Manufacturing and Markets will be released by strategic consulting firm Technology Forecasters Inc. on March 22, 2004.
36 Representatives Earn Special Recognition Awards at 2004 IPC Exhibition
(March 16, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries presented 36 Special Recognition Awards in recognition of various individuals' recent exceptional contributions to an IPC program at its co-located IPC SMEMA Council's APEX/IPC Printed Circuits Expo/IPC Designers Summit exhibition and conference, held February 24 through 26, in Anaheim, Calif.
SMT and Advanced Packaging Magazines Present 'Meet the Editors' Reception in the UK
(March 15, 2004) Windsor, UK — At a reception here at The Castle Hotel on Friday, March 26, the editors and publisher of Advanced Packaging and SMT magazines will present essential information on their plans for the editorial direction, circulation utilization and digital media products for these leading industry publications in 2004.
Industry Comeback Continues in February, Says ECA
(March 12, 2004) Arlington, Va. — The monthly order index compiled by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA) continued its upward movement in February, extending an industry comeback that began last fall.
IPC Honors Best Papers at Co-located Exhibition and Conference
(March 12, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries recognized the winners of this year's Best U.S. and International papers at its co-located IPC SMEMA Council's APEX/IPC Printed Circuits Expo/IPC Designers Summit exhibition and conference, held February 24 through 26, 2004, in Anaheim, Calif.
Duraswitch Licensee Memtron Wins Additional Projects for Major Medical OEM
(March 11, 2004) Phoenix — Duraswitch licensee, Memtron Input Components, an Esterline Corp. subsidiary, announced today a major medical OEM customer has expanded use of Duraswitch technologies to new applications in their product line.
NPL Attracts High Number of Delegates to Presentation at Southern Manufacturing Show
(March 11, 2004) Surrey, UK — At the Southern Manufacturing 2004 Show, the UK's largest regional manufacturing technology, electronics & subcontracting exhibition, held at Thorpe Park, Surrey, on February 18 through 19, National Physical Laboratory (NPL) achieved the highest attendance figures in the electronics section with their lead-free session.
Attendance Figures Released for Co-located APEX and IPC Printed Circuits Expo Conference
(March 9, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that attendance for the combined IPC SMEMA Council's APEX/IPC Printed Circuits Expo/IPC Designers Summit exhibition and conference, held February 24 through 26, 2004, in Anaheim, Calif. increased 8 percent over last year, from a combined exhibition total of 5,300 in 2003 to 5,700 attendees this year.
Flextronics Establishes Four-year Revolving Credit Facility of $1.1 Billion
(March 9, 2004) Singapore — Flextronics announces that it and its wholly owned subsidiary, Flextronics International USA Inc., have replaced its previous $880 million revolving bank credit facility with a new four-year revolving bank credit facility totaling $1.1 billion.
IPC Releases IPC-7351 Library Generation Tools for CAD Land Pattern Design
(March 8, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries, in conjunction with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and world electronics industry standard groups, have released library generation tools in support of the forthcoming IPC-7351, Generic Requirements for Surface Mount Design and Land Pattern Standard for CAD land pattern.