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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.

Kester Offers Second Phase of Lead-free Kester University Series

(May 7, 2004) Des Plaines, Ill. — Kester's second phase of their Kester University Program is commencing on May 21 in its facility here.

Dow Raises Prices of Epoxy Resins as of June 1

(May 6, 2004) Midland, Mich. — The Epoxy Products & Intermediates business of The Dow Chemical Co. is increasing prices of epoxy resin products in North America.

NRC Electronics Appoints New International Sales Correspondent

(May 6, 2004) Boca Raton, Fla. — NRC Electronics has appointed Michelle Flaherty as international sales correspondent.

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.

Watlow Hires McCaskill as Managing Director for Asia Region

(May 6, 2004) St. Louis — Watlow has appointed Dean McCaskill as managing director for the Asia region.

AIM Announces Mexico Sales and Support Personnel Addition

(May 5, 2004) Juarez, Mexico — AIM announces that Victor Madero has been appointed to the position of technical sales manager for Mexico for AIM.

Dow Corning Expands into Specialty Organic Materials Market

(May 5, 2004) Midland, Mich. — Dow Corning Corp. has expanded into the $1 billion specialty organic materials market with the launch of Dow Corning PI-2000 highly conductive silver ink, an organic polymer for the electronics industry.

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.

IPC Releases IMS/PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio and IMS/PCB Business Report for March 2004

(May 3, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the findings from its monthly Interconnect Manufacturing Services (IMS)/Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program.

Data I/O Establishes WFOE in China

(May 3, 2004) Redmond, Wash. — Data I/O Corp. announces the establishment of a wholly owned foreign enterprise (WOFE) in China.

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.

NRC Electronics Adds Dana as Director of Product Marketing

(May 3, 2004) Boca Raton, Fla. — NRC Electronics has hired Cory Dana as its new director of product marketing.

Indium Celebrates 70th Anniversary

(April 30, 2004) Utica, N.Y. — Indium Corp. is celebrating its 70th year in business.

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.

Tecnomatix Announces First Quarter 2004 Results

(April 30, 2004) Herzlia, Israel — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2004.

Honeywell Acquires Thermal Solutions Product Line from Intri-Plex Technologies

(April 30, 2004) Sunnyvale, Calif. — Honeywell announces the acquisition of the Thermal Solutions product line of Intri-Plex Technologies Inc. (IPT).

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.

Wilson-Hurd Manufacturing Celebrates 100th Anniversary

(April 29, 2004) Wausau, Wis. — Wilson-Hurd is celebrating a century of production and service.

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.

Ed Foley Joins Sonoscan as Vice President

(April 28, 2004) Elk Grove Village, Ill. — Sonoscan Inc. announces that Ed Foley has joined the company as vice president, sales and marketing.

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.

Barkham Engineering Provides Engineering Technical Services

(April 27, 2004) San Jose, Calif. — Barkam Engineering provides technical assistance on as needed basis to companies that do not maintain a full-time engineering staff.

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.

Coreco Imaging Opens New Office in Tokyo

(April 27, 2004) Montreal — Coreco announces the opening of its first office outside of North America.

Dynatech Technology Names Nichols Eastern Regional Sales Manager

(April 27, 2004) Horsham, Pa. — Dynatech Technology Inc. has named Jonny Nichols as eastern regional sales manager, solidifying its organization since becoming the exclusive North American distributor for Samsung Techwin SMT equipment.

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.

Indium Corp. Host Pb-free QuickStart Seminar at Nuremberg

(April 26, 2004) Nuremberg, Germany — A group of world leaders in lead-free soldering and assembly will put on a daylong series of seminar presentations at the Hilton Hotel here on June 16.

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.

NACOM Earns State of Georgia's Top Honor

(April 23, 2004) Griffin, Ga. — NACOM Corp. has been named "Large Manufacturer of the Year" for the state of Georgia.

EWI Appoints Grant Wilson as Medical/Microelectronics Market Leader

(April 23, 2004) Columbus, Ohio — Grant Wilson has joined EWI as medical/microelectronics market leader.

Speedline Partners with Georgia Tech for Closed-Loop Control Printing Technology

(April 23, 2004) Franklin, Mass. — Speedline Technologies Inc. has entered into an exclusive agreement with the Georgia Institute of Technology for the license of patent-pending closed-loop printing technology.


(April 22, 2004) Stamford, Conn. and Switzerland — FEINFOCUS has agreed to be acquired by COMET AG.

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.

MicroE Systems Becomes First Encoder Company to Receive ISO 9001:2000 Certification

(April 22, 2004) Natick, Mass. — MicroE Systems has successfully transitioned from the 1994 ISO 9001 standard to the more rigorous ISO 9001:2000 standard.

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.

IPCWorks Returns

(April 21, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced that its popular IPCWorks conference will take place October 24 through 27, 2004, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

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.

Technical Devices Reports First Quarter Results

(April 21, 2004) Torrance, Calif. — Technical Devices Co. has seen substantial growth across the board during the first quarter of 2004.

Design Chain Associates Announces BOM RoHS-Compliant Lead-free Transition Service

(April 20, 2004) San Francisco — Design Chain Associates LLC announces a new service to help electronics OEMs speed their transition to component-level compliance with the European Union's Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive 2002/95/EC.

SMTA Issues Pan Pacific Symposium Call for Participation

(April 20, 2004) Minneapolis — The 10th Annual Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium will be held in Hawaii from January 25 through 27, 2005.

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.

Janos Unveils New Vision at DSS

(April 19, 2004) Townshend, Vt. — Janos Technology Inc. unveiled the full scope of an enterprise-wide makeover, including its new corporate vision "The Power of Focus" at the Defense and Security Symposium (DSS) last week.

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.

Advantest America Appoints Malloy Vice President of Sales

(April 16, 2004) Santa Clara, Calif. — Advantest America Inc., a subsidiary of Advantest Corp. has appointed Dennis Malloy vice president of sales.

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.

Pro-mation Completes Product Reliability Analysis

(April 16, 2004) Kenosha, Wis. — Pro-mation Inc. has completed a two-year performance study on 20 select PCB handling products.

Tin Technology to Exhibit New X-ray Inspection Service at NEPCON

(April 16, 2004) UK — Tin Technology will be exhibiting at NEPCON 2004 at booth U404, offering the electronics industry hourly, half-day and full-day pre-booked inspection time on its new XiDAT 6600 X-ray imaging system.

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.

Advantest Names MetriTest as its Distributor for Electronic Measuring Instruments in the U.S. Market

(April 14, 2004) Santa Clara and Hayward, Calif. — Advantest Corp. announces that MetricTest has been named its authorized distributor of electronic measuring instruments in the U.S. market.

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.

Omron Produces 500 Millionth MY Mini Power Relay

(April 13, 2004) Tokyo — Omron celebrated a manufacturing milestone earlier this year as the 500 millionth MY mini power relay rolled off its production lines.

Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials Names Grandmake Technology Distributor

(April 13, 2004) Castronno, Italy and Hong Kong — Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials (formerly known as Shipley Co.) has formed an agreement with Grandmake Technology Ltd. (GMT).

ZESTRON Obtains New Sales Representation

(April 13, 2004) Ashburn, Va. — ZESTRON America announces new sales representation across the U.S. and Canada.

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.

FlexLink Officially Opens New U.S. Headquarters

(April 12, 2004) Allentown, Pa. — FlexLink announces the official opening of its new manufacturing facility here with a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 23, 2004.

American Power Conversion Enters The Looking Glass

(April 12, 2004) Milford, Mass. — American Power Conversion (APC) has partnered with electronics manufacturing services (EMS) contract manufacturer Milford Manufacturing Services (MMS).

SMT Resource Buys Equipment from 3Com's Ireland Plant

(April 12, 2004) Wake Forest, N.C. — SMT Resource Group LLC has purchased the manufacturing equipment from 3Com's plant in Ireland.

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.

Raptor Networks Establishes Strategic Relationship with EMI

(April 9, 2004) Aliso Viejo, Calif. — Raptor Networks Technology Inc. has established a strategic relationship with Express Manufacturing Inc. (EMI).

JPSA Laser Announces Laser Refurbishment Services

(April 9, 2004) Hollis, N.H. — JPSA Laser announces the availability of UV laser refurbishment services for UV Excimer lasers.

Vitronics Soltec Hosts French Customers at Two-Day Reflow Seminar in New Headquarters

(April 9, 2004) Oosterhout, The Netherlands — Vitronics Soltec recently hosted 30 top French customers for a two-day seminar on lead-free soldering at the company's new manufacturing facility here.

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.

Kester, Metcal Present Second Lead-free Assembly Seminar in Seattle

(April 8, 2004) Des Plaines, Ill. — Kester and Metcal will present a series of Lead-free Technology Seminars scheduled to take place throughout 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.

Preco Electronics Attains ITM Certification

(April 8, 2004) Morton, Ill. — Preco Electronics has received ITM Process Certification for Class 2, Electronics Assembly. Features New Wizard

(April 7, 2004) Zurich, Switzerland — DEK has added new customer resources to its Internet support facilities at

Jappe Co. Signs on as IMS Representative for New England

(April 7, 2004) Wakefield, Mass. and Portsmouth, R.I. — The Howard C. Jappe Co. has been appointed the New England manufacturer's representative for International Manufacturing Services Inc. (IMS).

Henkel Technologies Wins Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier Award

(April 7, 2004) Industry, Calif. — Henkel Technologies was named a recipient of Intel Corporation's Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for outstanding performance in providing products and services deemed essential to Intel's success.

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.

Kester's Munie Chosen as Technical Conference Director for ECWC 10

(April 6, 2004) Des Plaines, Ill. — Gregory Munie, Ph.D. of Kester has been chosen to act as technical conference director for Electronic Circuits World Convention (ECWC) 10.

ACT Electronics Standardizes on eMPower Solutions from Tecnomatix

(April 6, 2004) Herzlia, Israel and Hudson, Mass. — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces that ACT Electronics has standardized on Tecnomatix eMPower solutions across its U.S. manufacturing and design facilities.

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.

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.

IPC Releases IMS/PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio and IMS/PCB Business Report for February 2004

(April 5, 2004) 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 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).

InteliCoat Names Bestrade as Thailand Distributor for Tecnilith APF Artwork Protect Film

(March 26, 2004) Bangkok and Matthews, N.C. — Bestrade Ltd. is the new Thailand distributor for Tecnilith APF artwork protect film manufactured by InteliCoat Technologies.

Pro-mation Forms Sales Relationship with Competitive Edge

(March 26, 2004) Kenosha, Wis. — Pro-mation Inc. has secured a sales relationship with Competitive Edge Manufacturing Equipment.

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.

Aqueous Technologies Appoints Matthew Associates as New Representative

(March 25, 2004) Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. and Waban, Mass. — Aqueous Technologies Corp. appointed Howard Budovsky of Matthew Associates Inc. as a manufacturer's representative serving the New England area.

Duraswitch MagnaMouse Selected for Traffic Routing Systems

(March 25, 2004) Phoenix and Germany — Duraswitch licensee Schurter GmbH, announces a new design for Adolf Nissen Elektrobau GmbH for traffic routing systems.

Solectron to Sell Call Center Business to Parent of ECE Holdings

(March 25, 2004) Milpitas, Calif. — Solectron Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Stream International call center business to the parent company of ECE Holdings Inc.

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.

Park Electrochemical Establishes New Manufacturing Facility in China

(March 23, 2004) Lake Success, N.Y. — Park Electrochemical Corp. is establishing a new manufacturing facility in the People's Republic of China to support the growing customer demand for advanced multi-layer printed circuitry materials in China.

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.

Universal Display Prices Public Offering

(March 23, 2004) Ewing, N.J. — Universal Display Corp. has priced a registered public offering of its common stock at $12 per share, before underwriting discounts and commissions.

NEMI User Group Issues Recommendations for Mitigation of Tin Whiskers in High-Reliability Applications

(March 23, 2004) Herndon, Va. — The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) has issued a set of interim recommendations for lead-free component finishes to be used in high-reliability electronic applications in order to minimize risk of failures caused by tin whiskers.

Merix Commences Operations at its Wood Village Facility

(March 22, 2004) Forest Grove, Ore. — Merix Corp. has commenced production at its Wood Village facility.

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.

GSI Lumonics Announces Multi-System Laser Trim Order from Analog Devices

(March 19, 2004) Billerica, Mass. — GSI Lumonics Inc. announces the receipt of a multi-system order for WaferTrim M310 systems from Analog Devices Inc.

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.

Powell Electronics Corporate Headquarters in Philadelphia Certified as HUBZone Empowerment Operation

(March 19, 2004) Philadelphia — Powell Electronics Inc. has been certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a HUBZone Small Business Concern through the HUBZone Empowerment Contracting Program.

Advanced Circuits Achieves Record Growth Despite Downturn

(March 18, 2004) Aurora, Colo. — Advanced Circuits again experienced record growth in a down economy and an industry that has been declining for several years.

AIM to Launch Lead-free Seminars

(March 18, 2004) Montreal, Canada — AIM announces an international series of non-commercial seminars entitled "Finally! Practical Guidelines for Achieving Successful Lead-free Assembly."

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.

Pro-mation Appoints Partners in Technology

(March 18, 2004) Kenosha, Wis. and Cranford, N.J. — Pro-Mation Inc. has secured a sales relationship with Don Dennison of Partners in Technology.

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.

Indium's Brooks Named President of the SMTA Dallas Chapter

(March 16, 2004) Utica, N.Y.— Indium Corp.'s Rich Brooks has been named president of the Dallas, Texas SMTA chapter for 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.

Xilinx Purchases Multiple Teradyne FLEX Systems for Advanced FPGA Device Test

(March 16, 2004) Boston and San Jose, Calif. — Teradyne Inc. announces that Xilinx has purchased multiple FLEX test systems for next-generation FPGA device test.

DEK Expands Canadian Presence

(March 15, 2004) Flemington, N.J. — DEK announces a new representative structure in support of its Canadian customer base.

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.

McCall Joins Indium as Manufacturing Engineer

(March 15, 2004) Utica, N.Y. — Dan McCall has joined Indium Corp. as a manufacturing engineer.

Soldertec Global Announces Winners of Lead-free Solder Awards for 2003

(March 15, 2004) UK — Soldertec Global announces that three lead-free solder award winners have been selected in 2003 from the nominations received from industry.

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.

Libra Industries Promotes Director of Finance to CFO; Engineering Supervisor to Manager of Engineering

(March 12, 2004) Mentor, Ohio — Libra Industries has tapped internal staff members to fill two key positions.

NPL Leads Project to Investigate Solder Joint Reliability During Transition Period to Lead-free

(March 12, 2004) UK — During the run-up to the changeover to lead-free solders by July 2006, a number of end-users have expressed concerns about the reliability of soldered joints formed by mixtures of tin-lead (SnPb) and lead-free materials.

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.

Tin Technology Installs XiDAT Technology

(March 11, 2004) UK — Tin Technology Ltd. has completed the installation of new state-of-the-art XiDAT 6600 X-ray imaging equipment supplied by Dage Precision Industries.

APE Signs Exclusive Representation Agreement with American Tec for China

(March 11, 2004) Key Largo, Fla. — APE Automated Production Equipment has given American Tec an exclusive distributorship of its products in China.

IMS Appoints JDM Associates Reps for Florida, Georgia

(March 10, 2004) Portsmouth, R.I. — International Manufacturing Services Inc. (IMS) has appointed JDM Associates Inc. as the company's representative in Florida and Georgia.

Surya Electronics Partners with China as Auxiliary Production Department

(March 10, 2004) Glendale Heights, Ill. — For the past four years, Surya Electronics Inc. has established a solid working partnership with an offshore assembly facility.

Kenneth Tepper Joins DownStream Technologies

(March 10, 2004) Bolton, Mass. — DownStream Technologies LLC has appointed Kenneth Tepper as principal.

GSPK Wins Major New Contract

(March 10, 2004) UK — GSPK Electronics Ltd. has secured a major new contract with Tyco Electronics, previously Pinnacle Communication Systems Ltd.

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.

IRPS Symposium Reveals Latest Findings in Microelectronics Reliability

(March 9, 2004) Phoenix — The 2004 International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS) reports the largest submission and acceptance of technical papers in its 42-year history of providing the latest developments in the reliability and performance of circuits and devices to the microelectronics industry.

Cyber Technologies USA Appoints MPS Associates Reps for New England

(March 9, 2004) Ogdensburg, N.Y. and Acton, Mass. — Cyber Technologies USA has appointed MPS Associates Inc. to represent its equipment in the six-state New England region.

Duraswitch Announces Fourth Quarter, Year-end Results

(March 8, 2004) Phoenix — Duraswitch announces financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2003.

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 Announces SMTA Boston

(March 8, 2004) Minneapolis — The annual SMTA Boston educational program will be held May 4 through 6 at The Hynes Convention Center and feature full- and half-day Academy courses, special free events and other co-located offerings.

Tecnomatix Signs Multi-Million Dollar Outsourcing Agreement with HP

(March 8, 2004) Herzlia, Israel — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. and HP announce a joint six-year, multi-million dollar per year agreement whereby HP will manage and support most of Tecnomatix's worldwide internal IT operations.

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.

Valor Forms Agreement to Deliver Corporate-wide PCB Assembly Solution to Jabil Circuit

(March 5, 2004) Lake Forest, Calif. — Valor Computerized Systems has reached an agreement with EMS provider Jabil Circuit Inc.

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.

IPC Releases IMS/PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio and IMS/PCB Business Report for January 2004

(March 4, 2004) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the findings from its monthly Interconnect Manufacturing Services (IMS)/Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program.

Production at Elcoteq's Espoo Plant to be Moved to Estonia

(March 4, 2004) Espoo, Finland — Personnel negotiations at Elcoteq's manufacturing plant in Espoo, Finland, have been concluded.

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.

ElectroniCast Publishes Pump Laser Diode Modules Forecast

(March 4, 2004) San Mateo, Calif. — According to ElectroniCast's new Global Market Forecast, the global consumption value of pump laser diode modules will reach $255 million by the year 2008.

Pro-mation Appoints Tool Technology

(March 3, 2004) Kenosha, Wis. — Pro-mation Inc. has secured a sales relationship with Tool Technology.

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.

I-Source Opens Manufacturing Plant in Tijuana, Mexico

(March 3, 2004) San Diego — I-Source Technical Services Inc. announces the opening of a new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Tijuana, Mexico.

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

Universal Commended for Contribution to Leading-edge Assembly Research

(March 2, 2004) Anaheim, Calif. — Universal Instruments' APEX 2004 show booth here last week boasted a plaque presented by the Center for Board Assembly Research (CBAR) at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Aegis Industrial Software Launches European Subsidiary

(March 2, 2004) Philadelphia — Aegis Industrial Software Corp. has formed a wholly owned international subsidiary, Aegis Industrial Software Europe Ltd. headquartered in the UK.

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.

TFS Acquires Customers; Hires Integrex Employees

(March 2, 2004) Tempe, Ariz. and Bothell, Wash. — Three-Five Systems Inc. (TFS) has hired key employees and acquired the customer base of Integrex Inc.

Polyclad Enters into Exclusive Sales Agreement with LG Chem Ltd.

(March 1, 2004) Franklin, N.H. and Seoul, Korea — Cookson Electronics Ltd. (Hong Kong) has formed an exclusive sales agreement with LG Chem Ltd.

Dynatech Technology to Distribute Aegis Software With Samsung SMT Equipment

(March 1, 2004) Horsham, Pa. — Dynatech Technology Inc. has signed a distribution agreement with Aegis Industrial Software Corp. to sell and install Aegis's CircuitCAM and CheckPoint software on Samsung equipment.

SMTA International 2004 Technical Committee Formed

(March 1, 2004) Minneapolis — The SMTA announces the formation of the SMTA International Technical Committee for 2004.

ZESTRON Asia-Pacific Office Established

(March 1, 2004) Ashburn, Va. — ZESTRON announces the official opening of its office in China.

FEINFOCUS, GOEPEL Partner to Launch New Combined AOI/AXI System

(February 27, 2004) Stamford, Conn. — FEINFOCUS and GOEPEL electronic have combined their 30 years of expertise in the field of test and inspection with a recent technology partnership.

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.

YESTech Wins AOI Contract with Zentech Manufacturing

(February 26, 2004) San Clemente, Calif. — YESTech has won a contract to provide automated optical inspection (AOI) technology to Zentech Manufacturing Inc.

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.

Analog Devices Selects ESI's Thin-Film Laser Trimming System

(February 26, 2004) Portland, Ore. — Electro Scientific Industries Inc. announces that Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) purchased Electro-Scientific Industries Inc.'s (ESI) new Model 2100 thin-film on silicon laser trimming system.

Camtek Plans Secondary Offering in First Half of 2004

(February 25, 2004) Migdal Ha'Emek, Israel — Camtek Ltd. announces its intention to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission a registration statement covering a proposed secondary public offering of approximately 8 to 10 million of its ordinary shares.

StockerYale Appoints New Board Member

(February 25, 2004) Salem, N.H. — StockerYale Inc., has appointed Patrick J. Zilvitis to its Board of Directors.

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.

Watlow Appoints Ostaffe Sensors Product Manager

(February 25, 2004) St. Louis — Watlow has appointed Mike Ostaffe as sensors product manager.

AIM Appoints Cabiotec S.R.L. as Distributor for Italy

(February 24, 2004) Montreal and Milan — AIM has appointed Cabiotec S.R.L. as distributor for AIM's complete line of solders and related assembly materials for Italy.

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.

Production Solutions Announces APEX $250 Cash Giveaway

(February 24, 2004) Poway, Calif. — Production Solutions Inc. announces a special opportunity for APEX visitors to win a cash giveaway during the show.

Vectron's Vilella Named Co-chair of IPC AOI Committee

(February 24, 2004) San Diego — Vectron Inc. announces the appointment of Joe Vilella, president and CEO, as co-chairman of the IPC 7-32 Automated Inspection Technologies committee.

Accutron Selects Aegis Software

(February 23, 2004) Philadelphia and Windsor, Conn. — Aegis Industrial Software Corp. announces that Accutron Inc. has implemented Aegis' NPI and MES software systems.

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.

Pro-mation Launches New Web Site

(February 23, 2004) Kenosha, Wis. — Pro-mation Inc. has updated their corporate Web site.

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.

Venture Outsource Group Appoints Advisory Board

(February 20, 2004) San Jose, Calif. — Venture Outsource Group has appointed four industry and business leaders to its Advisory Board.

International Robots & Vision Show, Assembly Technology Expo to Co-locate

(February 19, 2004) Ann Arbor, Mich. — Two of the world's leading manufacturing trade shows have announced a blockbuster co-location plan for 2005.

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. Celebrates Third Year by Offering Special Incentives on Epoxy Resins

(February 9, 2004) Midland, Mich. — 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.

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