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.
SMTA Launches Medical Electronics Symposium
(March 5, 2004) Minneapolis — The SMTA Medical Electronics Symposium will take place May 19 through 20 at the Marriott Minneapolis Airport Hotel in Bloomington, Minn., and will explore devices, components, packaging and assembly technologies.
Data I/O Appoints Joseph. A. Murdica as Vice President, Americas and Asia
(March 5, 2004) Redmond, Wash. — Data I/O Corp. has appointed Joseph L. Murdica as vice president of Americas and Asia, effective March 1, 2004.
E/CIT Program Fills Industry Need for Embedded Passives R&D
(March 5, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the addition of Mentor Graphics design tools to its Emerging/Critical Interconnection Technology (E/CIT) program, an electronic interconnection research and development project designed to provide a test bed for design tool development and demonstrate a variety of buried passive technologies in a production setting.
electronica 2004 to Focus on Applications
(March 4, 2004) Munich, Germany — electronica 2004, which runs November 8 through 12 here, will feature applications that will drive growth in the industry for years to come.
Rosen of AVX to Keynote CARTS 2004
(March 3, 2004) Arlington, Va. — Dick Rosen, chairman of AVX, will make the keynote presentation at CARTS 2004, March 29 to April 1 at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.
Rogers Joins Lord Board of Directors
(March 3, 2004) Cary, N.C. — James P. Rogers, executive vice president of Eastman Chemical Co. and president of Eastman Division, has joined the Board of Directors for Lord Corp
Delphi Mechatronics Selects Asymtek to Equip Automotive Systems Manufacturing Facility
(March 2, 2004) Carlsbad, Calif. — Delphi Mechatronics Systems, a world leader in mobile electronics, transportation components and systems technology, has selected Asymtek and Nordson's conformal coating systems to equip its Foley, Ala. facility.
IPC Recognizes Valor's Commitment to Data Transfer Standard
(February 27, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the release of IPC-2581, Generic Requirements Printed Board Assembly Products Manufacturing Description Data and Transfer Methodology, and recognizes Valor Computerized Systems Ltd.'s commitment to this effort.
Indigo Systems Employees' Gifting Program Offers $90,000 to Area Non-Profits
(February 27, 2004) Goleta, Calif. — Indigo Systems' fifth annual "Celebration of Giving" netted nearly $90,000 to local, regional and national non-profit groups.
Assembleon, Tecnomatix Extend Collaboration Agreement to Provide Integrated Programming Solutions for Assembly Machines
(February 27, 2004) Herzlia, Israel — Assembleon and Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announce an agreement to offer a replacement to the CIMbridge software tool with eM-Assembly Expert, from Tecnomatix Unicam, for all Assembleon customers.
Dow Corning Launches Equipment Alliance With Nine Electronics Assembly and Packaging Industry Leaders
(February 26, 2004) Midland, Mich. — In a strategic move to help customers speed time-to-market and reduce manufacturing costs, Dow Corning Corp. has launched the External Equipment Provider Alliance with nine leading companies from the electronics assembly and packaging industry.
Polyclad Laminates Appoints Curt Mitchell Applications Engineer, GETEK Products
(February 26, 2004) Londonderry, N.H. — Polyclad Laminates, a Cookson Electronics company, has named Curt Mitchell applications engineer, GETEK Products.
Lam Joins Tyco Electronics Automation Group as Western Regional Sales Manager
(February 25, 2004) Willow Grove, Pa. — Tyco Electronics Automation Group, a business segment of Tyco International Ltd., has added Kevin-Quang Lam as western regional sales engineer.
IPC, Soldertec Global Issues Call for Papers for European Lead-free Conference
(February 24, 2004) UK and Northbrook, Ill. — Following the success of last year's first International Conference on Lead-Free Electronics to be held in Europe in Brussels, preparations are now being made for the 2004 event.
Eagle-Eyed-One to be Renamed CeTaQ Americas
(February 23, 2004) Hudson, N.H. — Effective March 1, 2004, the collaborative efforts of Eagle-Eyed-One Sales and Service and CeTaQ Germany will merge to form CeTaQ Americas.
Tyco Electronics Brings Kanetic Product Line to APEX
(February 23, 2004) Willow Grove, Pa. — Tyco Electronics, a business segment of Tyco International Ltd., will be highlighting the Kanetic product line at the upcoming APEX show, set to take place February 24 through 26, 2004, in Anaheim, Calif.
Vanguard EMS Selects DEN-ON's RD-500 for Lead-free Rework
(February 20, 2004) San Diego and Portland, Ore. — FocalSpot Inc. announces that Vanguard EMS has selected Den-on Instruments, RD-500 for advanced rework applications, including rework of lead-free assemblies.
Indium, Speedline, KIC to Present One-Day Lead-free Implementation Workshop
(February 20, 2004) Foxboro, Mass. — Indium Corp. of America, Speedline and KIC have partnered to deliver a one-day Pb-free Implementation workshop.
KIC Appoints DG Marketing as New Representative
(February 20, 2004) San Diego and Dallas — KIC announces that effective February 23, 2004, DG Marketing will represent KIC in the territories of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.