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Lowe Promoted to Chief Technology Officer of Assa Abloy Identification Technology Group

(July 10, 2003) Irvine, Calif. — Peter Lowe has been promoted to chief technology officer for the ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group (ITG).

ATS Wins Multiple Automation Systems Contracts from Major Automotive Customer

(July 10, 2003) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada — ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. announces that a major multinational automotive component manufacturer has placed numerous orders for turn-key automation systems valued at a total of US $13.2 million that will be employed at several of the customer's worldwide facilities.

Digitaltest Sells MTS500 Condor XL to The Test Connection

(July 10, 2003) Concord, Calif. and Reisterstown, Md. — US Digitaltest Inc., a subsidiary of Digitaltest GmbH of Blankenloch, Germany, announces that The Test Connection Inc. (TTCI) has purchased the MTS 500 Condor XL, the most advanced member of Digitaltest's MTS family of test systems.

YESTech Enters Strategic Partnership with Aegis Industrial Software

(July 10, 2003) San Clemente, Calif. and Philadelphia — YESTech Inc. has entered into a strategic partnership with Aegis Industrial Software.

KEMET Announces Enhanced Strategic Plan

(July 9, 2003) Greenville, S.C. — KEMET Corp. has announced strategic plan to enhance the company's position as a global leader in passive electronic technologies.

Pinnacle CEO Winner of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award

(July 9, 2003) Pittsburgh — Pinnacle Electronics' president and chief executive officer, Ty Eggemeyer was selected as a winner in the Ernst & Young 2003 Entrepreneur of the Year competition for the Western Pennsylvania region.

Teradyne Appoints New President for Semiconductor Test

(July 9, 2003) Boston — Teradyne has promoted Mark E. Jagiela to president of the Semiconductor Test Division, replacing Michael Bradley, who was recently promoted to president of the corporation.

ZESTRON, Enthone Partner

(July 9, 2003) Ashburn, Va. — ZESTRON and Enthone have teamed up to establish the most suitable process windows for MPC-based cleaning of Enthone Plus coated misprinted PCBs.

FlexLink Launches New Web Site

(July 8, 2003) Bethlehem, Pa. — FlexLink Systems' new Web site is now live after its relaunch on June 30.

IPC's Revised Standard Continues to Provide Basis for Design Series

(July 8, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries has released the first revision to the standard that forms the foundation of IPC's family of design standards (IPC-2220).


MEPTEC Appoints Executive Director

(July 8, 2003) Mountain View, Calif. — MEPTEC (MicroElectronics Packaging and Test Engineering Council) has appointed Phil Marcoux as executive director.

Milara Appoints Matthew Associates as New Representative

(July 8, 2003) Medfield and Waban, Mass. — Milara Inc. has appointed Howard Budovsky of Matthew Associates Inc. as a manufacturer's representative serving the New England area.

Mentor Graphics Acquires Alcatel Intellectual Property Business

(July 7, 2003) Wilsonville, Ore. — Mentor Graphics Corp. has acquired Alcatel's complete line of Ethernet and media access control (MAC) IP.

SMTA Announces 2003 Hutchins Grant Award Recipient.

(July 7, 2003) Minneapolis — The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) announces the recipient of the 2003 Charles Hutchins Educational Grant.

Benchmark Electronics Reaffirms Guidance for Second Quarter 2003

(July 7, 2003) Angleton, Texas — Benchmark Electronics Inc. continues to expect second quarter 2003 revenues to meet or exceed analyst consensus revenues of $443 million and consensus earnings per share of 44 cents.

Lead-free Solders, Embedded Passives Headline Professional Development Schedule at 2003 IPC Annual Meeting

(July 7, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC —Association Connecting Electronics Industries has released its schedule of professional development courses for the 2003 IPC Annual Meeting, taking place September 28 through October 2, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Indium Engineers Gain SMTA Certification

(July 3, 2003) Clinton, N.Y. — Three of The Indium Corp.'s technical support engineers have attained SMTA Certification for the SMT Process.

Nu Horizons Reports Sales and Earnings Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2003

(July 3, 2003) Melville, N.Y. — Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. announced its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2004, reflecting the period ended May 31, 2003.

Vitronics Soltec's North American Technology Tour a Success

(July 3, 2003) Stratham, N.H. — Vitronics Soltec's 18-city North American Technology Tour, "Make the Right Connection in Lead-free Soldering" successfully concluded after hosting more than 650 attendees representing 330 companies.

White Electronic Designs Announces Public Offering of Common Stock

(July 3, 2003) Phoenix — White Electronic Designs Corp. has commenced a public offering of 4.5 million shares of its common stock at a price of $10 per share.


Duraswitch Extends Memtron License to Include Advanced Input Devices

(July 2, 2003) Phoenix — Duraswitch has extended an existing license with Memtron Technologies to sister company Advanced Input Devices (AID).

ElectroniCast Specialty Optical Fiber Global Market Forecast Released

(July 2, 2003) San Mateo, Calif. — The worldwide consumption value of a selected group of specialty optical fiber is expected to increase 28 percent this year, from $155 million to $199 million, according to study results just released by ElectroniCast Corp.

Yancey Joins EWI as Engineering and NDE Technology Leader

(July 2, 2003) Columbus, Ohio — Robert Yancey, Ph.D. has joined EWI as Engineering and Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Technology Leader.

Jabil Circuit Deploys Tradec's Cost Management Solution

(July 2, 2003) St. Petersburg, Fla. and San Jose, Calif. — Jabil Circuit Inc. has globally deployed the Tradec Cost Management System (TCMS).

FlexLink Announces Relocation of Chicago-area Operations to New Facility

(July 1, 2003) Lisle, Ill. — FlexLink Systems has relocated its Addison, Ill. facility to a new building in nearby Lisle, Ill.

JPSA Laser Announces Enhanced Contract Laser Micro-machining Services, Capabilities

(July 1, 2003) Hollis, N.H. — JPSA Laser announces new capabilities and enhancements to its expanding contract UV laser micromachining services for a variety of applications ranging from semiconductor processing to biomedical and blue LED wafer scribing and beyond.

Optical MEMS Finding Greater Opportunities in Non-Telecom Products, Says In-Stat

(July 1, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. — High-tech market research firm In-Stat/MDR reports that optical MEMS are extremely well suited to products that demand high-quality imaging and/or use lasers, and where their small form factor can open the door to new market opportunities. As a result, sales of optical MEMS, into segments other than telecommunications, are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 15.8 percent over the next five years.

SMTA Establishes MSD Council

(July 1, 2003) Minneapolis — The SMTA has established a Moisture Sensitivity Devices (MSD) Council, which had its preliminary meeting on March 31, 2003, at the Anaheim Marriott Suites Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.

Arrow Electronics Completes Senior Note Offering

(June 30, 2003) Melville, N.Y. — Arrow Electronics Inc. has successfully completed its previously announced sale of $350 million principal amount of 6.875 percent Senior Notes due 2013.

EKRA Provides Its Own Financing Model

(June 30, 2003) Boennigheim, Germany — In response to the increasing demand for investment aid in the electronics assembly sector in Germany, especially among small and medium-sized companies, EKRA GmbH has created their own financing service for the acquisition of its products, which has now been extended to the whole of Europe.


ElectroniCast Fiber Optic Fusion Splicer Global Market Forecast Released

(June 30, 2003) San Mateo, Calif. — The worldwide consumption value of fiber optic fusion splicers will double from $233 million in 2002 to $471 million in 2007, according to study results released by ElectroniCast Corp.

Park Electrochemical Reports First Quarter Results

(June 30, 2003) Lake Success, N.Y. — Park Electrochemical Corp. reported sales of $50 million for the first quarter ended June 1, 2003, compared to $56.5 million for the first quarter of last fiscal year.

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

(June 27, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced the findings from its monthly Interconnect Manufacturing Services (IMS)/Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program.

Indigo Systems Elects Kaufman to Board

(June 27, 2003) Goleta, Calif. — Indigo Systems Corp. has elected Stephen P. Kaufman to its Board of Directors.

President Bush Holds Press Conference at Micro Control

(June 27, 2003) Minneapolis — President George W. Bush visited Micro Control Co. at its Minneapolis facility on Thursday, June 19.

IPC/Soldertec Conference on Lead-Free Electronics is an International Success

(June 27, 2003) Brussels, Belgium — About 200 attendees from around the world greatly enjoyed the recent "Conference on Lead-free Electronics Towards Implementation of the RoHS Directive," held here from June 10 through 12, jointly sponsored by IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries (USA) and Soldertec at Tin Technology Ltd (UK).

IPC Annual Meeting Keynote Focus to be 'Avoiding Commoditization in a Competitive Landscape'

(June 26, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that Jim Gilmore, co-founder of Strategic Horizons LLP, will be the keynote speaker at the 2003 IPC Annual Meeting, taking place September 28 through October 2, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Nextek Expands Production Operations

(June 26, 2003) Madison, Ala. — Nextek Inc. has expanded its production operations to meet increasing customer demand.

Universal Instruments Creates Industry Segment Account Manager Position

(June 26, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. — In response to expanding business, Universal Instruments has introduced the position of industry segment account manager, in order to focus on growing markets within specific industries.

Tecnomatix Selected to Outfit Leading German Automotive Engineering Firm with MPM Tools Enterprise-Wide

(June 26, 2003) Herzlia, Israel and Ravensburg, Germany — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces that Engineering Bausch und Ziege GmbH (EBZ) has signed a US $500,000 contract with Tecnomatix for use of eMPower solutions, which will serve as the cornerstone of EBZ's MPM environment.


Masstech EMS Sees Immediate Results After Deploying MAPICS

(June 25, 2003) Woburn, Mass. and Atlanta — Masstech EMS has successfully deployed MAPICS Inc.'s ERP solution.

Milara Appoints Reality Technology as New Representative

(June 25, 2003) Medfield, Mass. — Milara Inc. has appointed Jennifer Peters and Gail Fekes of Reality Technology as a manufacturer's representative serving Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Richardson Electronics Appoints New Vice President of Asia-Pacific Sales

(June 25, 2003) LaFox, Ill. — Richardson Electronics has promoted Wilson Lee to vice president of Asia-Pacific sales.

Rohm and Haas Issues Outlook for Second Quarter

(June 25, 2003) Philadelphia — Rohm and Haas announces that sales for the second quarter are expected to be 8 to 10 percent higher than the same period in 2002, driven by the favorable impact of currencies, acquisitions made in 2002 and selling price increases, while volume is expected to be flat, at best.

StockerYale Completes Debt Refinancing and Equity Placement

(June 24, 2003) Salem, N.H. — StockerYale Inc. has successfully refinanced its Canadian subsidiary's credit facility with the National Bank of Canada.

Mentor Graphics Adds Online Database to Customer Support Offerings

(June 24, 2003) Wilsonville, Ore. — Mentor Graphics Corp. announces the SupportNet KnowledgeBase, a support database that gives customers instant online access to the most up-to-date information on Mentor's products and solutions to commonly encountered design problems.

Industry Recession Deepened for Electronics Contract Manufacturing, Says TFI

(June 24, 2003) Alameda, Calif. — Whereas the global electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry grew at an average of more than 20 percent per year from 1993 until 2001, the industry came to a screeching halt, declining 4.7 percent in 2001 and 9 percent in 2002, according to a new study from Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI).

Valor, Universal Streamline Shop Floor and Enterprise-level Dialogue

(June 24, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. — Universal Instruments and Valor Computerized Systems have formed an agreement to interface Valor software products with Universal's manufacturing systems.

U.S. Technology Exports Down 26 Percent Since 2002, Says AeA

(June 23, 2003) Washington, D.C. — U.S. high-tech goods exports fell 26 percent from $223 billion in 2000 to $166 billion in 2002, according to a study released by AeA.

Johann Löttner Named CEO of Siemens Dematic AG

(June 23, 2003) Nuremberg, Germany — Johann Löttner has been named Siemens Dematic AG's new CEO by the Supervisory Board.


SMTA to Present Certification Programs During SMTA International

(June 23, 2003) Minneapolis — The SMTA has launched two certification programs, one for SMT Processes and one for SMT Systems that are intended for engineers with at least one year of SMT experience and competence in engineering math.

Solectron Reports Third Quarter Results

(June 23, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. — Solectron Corp. has reported fiscal third-quarter sales of $2.8 billion, in line with the company's guidance for sales of $2.6 to $2.9 billion.

IPC Packages Today's Hot Industry Findings

(June 20, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries has released three new documents highlighting the latest technology developments divulged at recent IPC international conferences.

Kyzen Announces New Contract Cleaning Services

(June 20, 2003) Nashville, Tenn. — Kyzen Corp. introduces a new service — contract cleaning.

Siemens Dematic Travels to California with New Siplace C-Series

(June 20, 2003) California — At the Siplace C-Series Road Show here, Siemens Dematic will demonstrate the importance of being able to turn incoming data and materials into finished product in the least amount of time with the highest yield possible.

Solectron Appoints GE Executive Marc Onetto to Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations

(June 20, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. — Marc Onetto, a senior GE executive with an extensive background in manufacturing, supply-chain management, information technology and quality, will join Solectron Corp. as executive vice president of worldwide operations.

Aries Reduces Lead Times for RF Test Socket Prices Quotes Through New Insta-Quote System

(June 19, 2003) Frenchtown, N.J. — Aries Electronics reportedly has reduced the lead times on price quotes for its entire line of RF test sockets to less than one minute through expansion of the Aries Insta-Quote system to include its Interposer and Spring-Probe based RF test sockets.

Indigo Advanced Systems Moves to Niceville, Fla.

(June 19, 2003) Goleta, Calif. — Indigo Advanced Systems (IAS), an engineering group recently acquired by Indigo Systems Corp. has completed its move to Niceville, Fla.

Parlex Completes Sale/Leaseback and Bank Financing Transactions

(June 19, 2003) Methuen, Mass. — Parlex Corp. has completed the sale and leaseback of its facilities here and in Cranston, R.I. for $12 million, which consists of $2.65 million on a three-year interest-bearing term loan, a potential earn out of $1 million over five years and $8.35 million paid at closing.

SMT Resource Group Opens Three New Facilities

(June 19, 2003) Wake Forest, N.C. — SMT Resource Group LLC has opened three new facilities during the last 12 months.


Data I/O Launches Chinese Web Site

(June 18, 2003) Redmond, Wash. — In a move that will allow Data I/O Corp. to provide a higher level of customer service and technical support in China and other Asian markets, the company has launched a Chinese language Web site in Simplified Chinese.

IPC/WHMA-A-620 Training and Certification Up and Running

(June 18, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries has established its first Training and Certification Center for IPC/WHMA-A-620, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies.

Park Electrochemical Appoints Global Business Director of RF Microwave

(June 18, 2003) Lake Success, N.Y. — Park Electrochemical Corp. announces Mark Carlson has joined the company as business director global RF Microwave Materials.

Vishay Electro-Films Completes Installation of New Dicing and Laser Systems in Warwick Plant

(June 18, 2003) Malvern, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology Inc. has completed installation of new dicing, laser trimming and laser scribing and drilling systems in its Electro-Films Inc. facility in Warwick, R.I.

Amphenol Files Shelf Registration Statement

(June 17, 2003) Wallingford, Conn. — Amphenol Corp. has filed a shelf registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission registering 8.0 million shares of its common stock, 7.2 million owned by affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and 800,000 shares owned by management.

Milara Appoints CEME as New Representative

(June 17, 2003) Medfield, Mass. and Orange County, Calif. — Milara Inc. has appointed Competitive Edge Manufacturing Equipment (CEME) as a manufacturer's representative serving southern California, southern Nevada and Baja Mexico.

Procket Networks Selects Agilent Technologies' Automated X-ray Test System to Increase Quality and Reliability for High-performance PCBs

(June 17, 2003) Palo Alto, Calif. — Procket Networks Inc. has selected Agilent Technologies Inc.'s 5DX Series 5000XL automated X-ray test system to test a new series of high-performance printed circuit boards (PCBs).

Productronica 2003 Highlights Key Growth Sectors in the International Electronics Production Market

(June 17, 2003) Munich, Germany — Productronica, the world's largest trade show for electronics production, will take place November 11 through 14, 2003, here.

Jaco Electronics Adds Important Suppliers with Completion of Reptron Distribution Acquisition

(June 16, 2003) Hauppauge, N.Y. — Jaco Electronics Inc. has completed its acquisition of certain assets of the electronics distribution operations of Reptron Distribution, formerly a division of Reptron Electronics Inc.

MYDATA Opens Sales and Service Center In China

(June 16, 2003) Stockholm — MYDATA automation AB has opened a new sales and service center in Shanghai, China.


Pletronics Adds NRC to Distribution Network

(June 16, 2003) Boca Raton, Fla. — NRC Electronics is now franchised to distribute electronic products for Pletronics, an ISO-certified manufacturer of high-quality frequency-control products.

SMTA Announces SMTA International Special Symposiums and Emerging Technologies Summit

(June 16, 2003) Minneapolis — Organized by the SMTA, four SMTA International events are specifically planned for industry professionals who have an interest in emerging technologies, contract manufacturing, manufacturing migrations to China, or lead-free soldering technology.

DEK and PacTech Join Forces for High-volume Wafer Bumping Solution

(June 13, 2003) Flemington, N.J. and Santa Clara, Calif. — DEK and PacTech USA have formed a technology partnership that leverages the strengths of the two companies.

Dow Corning Introduces Online 'Live Help' as New Option for Technical Support

(June 13, 2003) Midland, Mich. — Dow Corning Corp. has introduced a "Live Help" function that enables Web site visitors to get answers to product and technical questions and technical advice, using a live Web chat function.

Electronic Component Orders Remain Flat in May, Says ECA

(June 13, 2003) Arlington, Va. — Electronic component orders remained flat in May, continuing a long-term trend, according to the monthly index issued by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA).

Universal Names Director of Global Services

(June 13, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. — Universal Instruments has appointed Bob Lamanna as director, global services.

LTCC Market on the Rise, Says IMS Research

(June 12, 2003) Wellingborough, England — Merchant hybrid manufacturers are starting to seize the opportunities for low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC), according to a new report by IMS Research on the European hybrid circuit and MCM market.

Murata Electronics North America Names Hiroshi Jozuka President

(June 12, 2003) Smyrna, Ga. — Murata Electronics North America has named Hiroshi Jozuka as president.

Avnet Electronics Marketing Named Vishay's Distributor of the Year

(June 12, 2003) Phoenix — Vishay Americas has named Avnet Electronics Marketing as its Distributor of the Year.

Robert Bosch Extends Use of Tecnomatix eMPower Solution for Production Optimization

(June 12, 2003) Nashua, N.H. — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd.announces that Robert Bosch GmbHis extending its use of eM-RealNC software from Tecnomatix to production plants in Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, the Czech Republic, the U.S. and Japan.


Adhesive and Sealant Council to Present Adhesives Forum at Assembly Technology Expo

(June 11, 2003) Bethesda, Md. — The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) will sponsor a new "Adhesives Forum" on Wednesday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Assembly Technology Expo 2003.

IPC Solder Products Value Council, Solectron, Flextronics and U.S. NAVSEA Begin Reliability Test Program on Lead-free Solder

(June 11, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries' Solder Products Value Council (SPVC) has begun a comprehensive study of the three leading lead-free alloys (tin-silver-copper) in an effort to analyze the properties of the leading candidates for lead-free assembly.

SMTEK International Appoints Two New Board Members to Fill Vacancies

(June 11, 2003) Moorpark, Calif. — SMTEK International Inc. has appointed Edward Smith and Robert Howard to the Board of Directors of SMTEK to fill the vacancies created by the resignations of board members Oscar "Bud" Marx and Clay Biddinger, who resigned to pursue other interests.

Sprague-Goodman Adds Sales Reps

(June 11, 2003) Westbury, N.Y. — Sprague-Goodman Electronics Inc. has appointed three new sales representatives.

Erik J. Bergum Appointed Vice President Sales, Polyclad Europe

(June 10, 2003) Londonderry, N.H. — Erik J. Bergum has been appointed vice president sales — Polyclad Europe, by Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry.

Asymtek/Nordson B.V. and Industry Partners to Host Conformal Coating & Dispensing Technology Seminar

(June 10, 2003) Maastricht, The Netherlands — Asymtek/Nordson B.V., together with fluid suppliers Dow Corning, Henkel Loctite, Emerson & Cuming, Heraeus, Lackwerke Peters, Schenectady, and Humiseal are holding an electronics applications dispensing seminar on June 18 and 19.

Technology Road Show Proves Successful for Universal

(June 10, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. — Universal Instruments announces the success of another Technology Road Show event held in the Americas.

Ultrathin Dielectric Materials to Be 3M Topic at IPC Embedded Passives Conference

(June 9, 2003) Austin, Texas — A paper on the electrical performance and reliability advantages of using ultrathin (less than 25 µm) power-ground cores for distributed embedded capacitance will be presented at the IPC International Conference on Embedded Passives by Joel Peiffer, engineering specialist, 3M Organic Materials Technology Center.

Enthone España Receives OHSAS 18001 Certification

(June 9, 2003) West Haven, Conn. — Enthone, Inc., a Cookson Electronics company, received certification (N° 03.05.270256 PR) to the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 specification for its Enthone España operation located in Barcelona, Spain.

Indigo Systems Offers IR Camera Rentals

(June 9, 2003) Goleta, Calif. — Indigo Systems is offering a rental program for several infrared camera product lines.


Tin Whisker Joint Meeting in Tokyo to Discuss Key Issues to Develop Tin Whisker Test Method

(June 9, 2003) Tokyo — A Tin Whisker Joint Meeting, attended by the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative Inc. (NEMI) in the U.S., SOLDERTEC of Tin Technology Ltd. in Europe, and the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) in Japan was held on May 15, 2003, here.

FKI Logistex Alvey Systems Promotes Two

(June 6, 2003) St Louis — FKI Logistex Alvey Systems, an FKI Logistex member company and leading integrator of automated material flow solutions, has appoitned Tony DiNello as director of Midwest regional operations and Jeff Cortez as operations manager, Midwest region.

Circuit World Announces Agreement To Acquire Firan Technology Group

(June 6, 2003) Toronto — Circuit World Corp. has entered into an agreement dated June 5, 2003 to acquire all the shares of Firan Technology Group Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Glendale International Corp.

Liquid Control Corp. Acquires Liquid Control Ltd.

(June 6, 2003) North Canton, Ohio and Wellingborough, U.K — Liquid Control Corp. has completed the acquisition of Liquid Control Ltd.

Pinnacle Electronics Wins Supplier of the Year Award from Quatech

(June 6, 2003) East Pittsburgh — Pinnacle Electronics has received a prestigious "Supplier of the Year" award from Quatech Inc.

EXFO Announces Restructuring Plan

(June 5, 2003) Quebec City, Canada — EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. announces a restructuring plan that will provide approximately US $10 million in annualized pre-tax savings.

IPC, HKPCA Reschedule International Exhibition for PCB and Assembly Industries

(June 5, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries and Hong Kong Printed Circuit Association (HKPCA) have rescheduled the International Printed Circuit and Electronics Assembly Fair due to the worldwide outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

KIC Receives Additional Profiling Patent

(June 5, 2003) San Diego — KIC was issued U.S. Patent #6,560,514 on May 6, which covers the "Oven Recipe Search Engine" software.

MSL Appoints John Cunningham to Board of Directors

(June 5, 2003) Concord, Mass. — MSL has appointed John P. Cunningham to the company's Board of Directors.

Kyzen Collaborates on NPL Lead-free Project

(June 4, 2003) Nashville, Tenn. — Kyzen Corp. is collaborating with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) on a project investigating the flux cleaning efficiency in lead-free soldering processes.


Milara Appoints Kirby and Demarest as New Representative

(June 4, 2003) Medfield, Mass. — Milara Inc. has appointed Kirby and Demarest as a manufacturer's representative serving Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and the Province of British Columbia.

ZESTRON Announces Screening Capabilities

(June 4, 2003) Ashburn, Va. — New solder pastes, fluxes and adhesives from all major manufacturers have been regularly screened over the last 10 years in ZESTRON technical centers to determine removability characteristics with ZESTRON's core product range.

Electronics Manufacturing in Emerging Markets Will See Five-Year Growth of $60 Billion by 2005, New Report Finds

(June 4, 2003) Washington and New York — A new study by the International Finance Corp. (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, and management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton found that electronics production activity in emerging markets will nearly double, from $65 billion in 2001 to $125 billion by 2005 — and will account for 43 percent of total worldwide manufacturing growth.

Asymtek and Industry Partners to Host 'Dispensing for Electronics Applications' Seminar

(June 3, 2003) Carlsbad, Calif. — Asymtek, together with fluid suppliers Dow Corning, Humiseal, Henkel Loctite and Shin-Etsu, are holding an electronics applications dispensing seminar on June 25 and 26, in Westford, Mass.

Elcoteq Lowers Growth Forecast

(June 3, 2003) Helsinki, Finland — Elcoteq Network Corp. has lowered its full year 2003 net sales growth forecast from the previously announced level of 60 percent to 40 percent.

Rehm Appoints John Bashe as Sales Manager

(June 3, 2003) West Caldwell, N.J. — Rehm USA LLC has appointed John Bashe as sales manager, Americas.

Military/Aerospace Sector for Electronics Contract Manufacturing Offers Unique Hurdles, Timely Opportunities, Says TFI

(June 3, 2003) Alameda, Calif. — At the June 9 Quarterly Forum for Electronics Manufacturing Outsourcing and Supply Chain event, Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI) will release a study detailing special challenges experienced by military and aerospace electronics manufacturers, and how outsourcing manufacturing is presenting new advantages.

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

(June 2, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the findings from its monthly Interconnect Manufacturing Services (IMS)/Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program.

GPD Global Forms Alliance With Partech

(June 2, 2003) Grand Junction, Colo. and Seoul, Korea — GPD Global has formed an alliance with Partech Corp.

SMTA International to Feature 17 New Courses

(June 2, 2003) Minneapolis — SMTA is again co-locating its annual conference, SMTA International, with the Assembly Tech Expo (ATExpo) show this fall at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., with the conference taking place September 21 through 25, and exhibits from September 23 through 25.


S.P. Precision Adds Online Tooling Ordering to Web Site

(June 2, 2003) Hillsboro, Ore. — S.P. Precision International Ltd. has updated and redesigned its Web site and now offers its customers the convenience of requesting quotes for custom tooling via its new online RFQ system.

Ansoft Announces Fourth Quarter Results

(May 30, 2003) Pittsburgh — Ansoft Corp. has announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended April 30, 2003.

FEINFOCUS Partners with MySem

(May 30, 2003) Garbsen, Germany and Kuala Lampur, Malaysia — FEINFOCUS has formed a partnership with MySem (MIMOS Semiconductor), a division under MIMOS Berhad, Malaysia's premier research and development institution.

IPC Government Relations, Industry Score Another Victory

(May 30, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries has hailed President Bush's signing of The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, which increases the first-year bonus depreciation deduction from 30 to 50 percent for investments acquired and placed in service after May 5, 2003, and before January 1, 2005.

Semtronics, Division of OK International, Sold to Desco Industries

(May 30, 2003) Chino and Menlo Park, Calif. — Desco Industries Inc. and OK International Inc., a subsidiary of Dover Corp., have finalized an agreement for the sale to Desco of all assets of Semtronics, OK International's ESD division.

Arrow Electronics Continues to Improve Operating Efficiencies

(May 29, 2003) Melville, N.Y. — Arrow Electronics Inc. is continuing to take action to increase its operational and organizational efficiencies.

AVX To Convert Multilayer Varistors To Lead-free Finish

(May 29, 2003) Myrtle Beach, S.C. — In response to customer requests for lead-free products, AVX Corp. is converting its multilayer varistors to a lead-free plated finish.

FeinFocus Appoints Christopher Lastition Regional Sales Manager for Western U.S. and Canada

(May 29, 2003) Garbsen, Germany — FEINFOCUS has appointed Christopher Lastition as regional sales manager for the western U.S. and Canada.

Long-Term Prospects for Handset Components Strong, Says In-Stat

(May 29, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. — The last 12 months has been a trying time for both handset component manufacturers and handset manufacturers alike, reports In-Stat/MDR.

Collaborative Research Agreements in Asia to Support Growth in Tin Consumption

(May 28, 2003) UK — Tin Technology has signed two "Memorandums of Understanding" (MoUs) with organizations in Indonesia and Malaysia.


Universal, Asymtek Form Technology Partnership in Suzhou

(May 28, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. and Carlsbad, Calif. — Universal Instruments and Asymtek have formed a partnership that will place an Asymtek Millennium 2020 dispenser in Universal's new Technology Excellence Center in Suzhou, China.

IPC Releases New Tools for Industry

(May 28, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the recent release of three diverse industry products.

SMTA Announces Pan Pacific Call for Participation

(May 28, 2003) Minneapolis — The Ninth Annual Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium (February 10 through 12, 2004, Turtle Bay Resort, Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii) promotes international technical interchange and provides a premier forum for extensive networking among microelectronics professionals and business leaders throughout the Pacific Basin.

Component Orders Continue Flat Trend, Says ECA

(May 27, 2003) Arlington, Va. — Component orders remained flat in April, continuing a familiar trend over the last year, according to the monthly index issued by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA).

Teledyne Technologies Wins Contract from Smiths Aerospace

(May 27, 2003) Los Angeles and UK — Teledyne Technologies Inc. has received an $800,000 contract from Smiths Aerospace for multichip power modules to be used in the battery charger control unit of the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

Mentor Graphics Appoints New Director

(May 27, 2003) Wilsonville, Ore. — Mentor Graphics Corp. has appointed Patrick McManus to its Board of Directors.

Michael Bradley Named Teradyne President

(May 27, 2003) Boston — Teradyne Inc. has appointed Michael A. Bradley as president.

ATS Reports Fourth Quarter Gain in Operating Profit

(May 23, 2003) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada — ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. has reported increases in operating profitability, revenue and new automation order bookings for the three months ended March 31, 2003 as it continued to maximize the value of its industry leadership in challenging economic conditions.

World's Largest Tin Producers Rejoins ITRI

(May 23, 2003) Hertfordshire, UK — PT Timah Tbk is rejoining ITRI Ltd (formerly the International Tin Research Institute).

Mentor Graphics, Philips Partner on USB Technology

(May 23, 2003) Wilsonville, Ore. — Mentor Graphics Corp. and Royal Philips Electronics have formed a technology collaboration to help their mutual customers implement Hi-Speed Universal Serial Bus (USB) in embedded applications.


Outokumpu Expands Alloy Offering for Connector Strip in Europe

(May 23, 2003) Buffalo, N.Y.; Zutphen, The Netherlands; and Venice — The Connectors Business line of Outokumpu Copper Products (OCP) is expanding its alloy offering through a licensing arrangement with ILNOR S.p.A. to produce the highest quality connector strip for the connector industry under the OCP label.

Enthone Expands ViaForm Sales and Support Services; Enters into Licensing and Joint Development Alliance with ATMI

(May 22, 2003) West Haven and Danbury, Conn. — Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics Co., will expand marketing and distribution of its ViaForm copper damascene electrochemical deposition processes through an exclusive licensing and joint-development agreement with ATMI Inc.

UWB Set to Make Commercial Debut, Says In-Stat

(May 22, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. — With the absence of a currently available and standardized wireless technology that offers robust multimedia transport of multiple digital streams, Ultra-Wideband (UWB) promises to be the technology that delivers the bandwidth and QoS that many consumer electronics companies have been looking for, says In-Stat/MDR.

Sanmina-SCI'S Wilmington PCB Plant Achieves Military Qualification

(May 22, 2003) San Jose, Calif. — Sanmina-SCI Corp.'s PCB plant in Wilmington, Mass. has completed certification and qualification assessment by the DSCC (Defense Supply Center, Columbus, Ohio).

ISB Industrias Sola Basic Selects Tecnomatix eMPower Solutions as Key Component of Enterprise-wide Manufacturing Optimization Initiative

(May 22, 2003) Nashua, N.H. and Mexico — Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces that ISB Industrias Sola Basic SA de CV has purchased multiple licenses of eMPower for Electronics software from Tecnomatix Unicam Inc. for use in its key manufacturing plants across Mexico.

Physik Instrumente (PI) Acquires Piezo Electronics Specialist GSG

(May 21, 2003) Germany — In April 2003, Nano-Positioning Specialist PI acquired GSG Electronics GmbH.

Camtek Ltd. Announces 2003 First Quarter Results

(May 21, 2003) Migdal Haemek, Israel — Camtek Ltd. has announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2003.

Tastitalia Wins Appliance Projects Using Duraswitch Technologies

(May 21, 2003) Phoenix and Italy — Duraswitch licensee Tastitalia announces multiple projects for two customers in the commercial foodservice industry.

DEK Highlights PumpPrint Adhesive Deposition in New Web Site Section

(May 20, 2003) Zurich, Switzerland — DEK has added a new section to its Web site that consolidates information on the benefits of using PumpPrint process technology for high-speed adhesive deposition.

Gail Flower Named Editor-in-Chief of Advanced Packaging Magazine

(May 20, 2003) Nashua, N.H. — Advanced Packaging magazine announces that Gail Flower (Stout) has been appointed editor-in-chief.


Redlake Launches New Web Site

(May 20, 2003) San Diego — Redlake has launched its redesigned Web site, featuring a new design and user-friendly navigation to locate high-speed motion cameras, high-resolution MegaPlus cameras and multi-spectral cameras for various digital imaging needs.

SMTA International Includes Free Workshops on Reflow Soldering Profiles and Flex Circuits and Packaging

(May 20, 2003) Minneapolis — For industry professionals involved in either reflow soldering using convection ovens, or implementing flex circuits and flex-based packages, two half-day workshops on Thursday during SMTA International (September 21 through 25 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill.) will be of special interest.

Duraswitch Receives U.S. Patent for Magnetically Coupled Tact Switch Technology

(May 19, 2003) Phoenix — Duraswitch has received U.S. Patent No. 6,556,112 for its magnetically coupled tact switch actuator technology.

Victory for U.S. PCB Industry Officially Decreed

(May 19, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that its triumph over the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Metal Products and Machinery (MP&M) effluent guidelines became official on May 13, 2003,

ITT Industries, Cannon Hosts 17th Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting Muscular Dystrophy Association

(May 19, 2003) Las Vegas — ITT Industries, Cannon has hosted its 17th annual charitable golf tournament on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), making this one of the largest and longest running links events in the world on behalf of the charity.

Powell Electronics Joins Dialight's Franchised Distributor Network to Promote Dialight's Optoelectronics Line in North America

(May 19, 2003) Philadelphia and Farmingdale, N.J. — Powell Electronics Inc. has joined Dialight Corp.'s franchised distributor network for Dialight's full line of optoelectronics indicators.

Orbotech Announces First Quarter 2003 Results

(May 16, 2003) Yavne, Israel — Orbotech Ltd. announces its consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2003.

SMTA International Symposium Focuses on Lead-free Technology

(May 16, 2003) Minneapolis — A special symposium on Thursday during SMTA International (September 21 through 25 at Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.) will be dedicated to examining the current progress of lead-free technology.

Xanoptix and Tyco Electronics Sign Manufacturing Services Agreement

(May 16, 2003) Merrimack, N.H. and Harrisburg, Pa. — Xanoptix and Tyco Electronics have formed a multi-year, multi-million dollar manufacturing services agreement for Xanoptix's XTM Series of optical transceiver products.

IPC Updates Two Test Documents

(May 15, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the release of two newly revised standards on solderability, IPC/EIA/JEDEC J-STD-002B, Solderability Tests for Component Leads, Terminations, Lugs, Terminals and Wires, and IPC/EIA J-STD-003A, Solderability Tests for Printed Boards.


NEMI's Test Strategy Project Releases Cost Model that Allows PCA Manufacturers to Compare Costs of Alternate Test Strategies

(May 15, 2003) Herndon, Va. — The Test Strategy Project of the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) has released a manufacturing test strategy cost model designed to help printed circuit assembly (PCA) manufacturers determine the financial impact of selecting a particular test strategy.

Parlex Reports Third Quarter Results

(May 15, 2003) Methuen, Mass — Parlex Corp. reported revenues of $19.4 million in the quarter ended March 30, 2003 versus $21.3 million for the same period in the previous fiscal year, a 9 percent decrease.

Tyco Electronics Names Arrow Electronics 'Distributor of the Year'

(May 15, 2003) Melville, N.Y. and Harrisburg, Pa. — Arrow Electronics Inc. has been named Tyco Electronics' "Distributor of the Year" in North America.

Borisch Manufacturing Exceeds Sales Goal for 2002

(May 14, 2003) Grand Rapids, Mich. — Borisch Manufacturing Corp. (BMC) has exceeded its sales goal for 2002.

Eraser Achieves Registration to ISO 9001:2000

(May 14, 2003) Syracuse, N.Y. — The Eraser Co. has been certified to the ISO9001:2000 quality management system.

IPC Continues Strong Support of North American Electronics Industry

(May 14, 2003) Northbrook, Ill — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces that nearly 300 companies have already contracted space at the co-located IPC Printed Circuits Expo and IPC SMEMA Council's APEX exhibition and conference, taking place February 24 through 26, 2004, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Texas Prototypes, 3SAE Technologies Partner

(May 14, 2003) Richardson, Texas and Nashville, Tenn. — Texas Prototypes Inc. (TXP) is partnering with 3SAE Technologies Inc. (3SAE) to supply advanced optical manufacturing equipment for its new photonics lab located in Richardson, Texas.

New Cadence Executive to Enhance Service to North American Customers

(May 13, 2003) San Jose, Calif. — Cadence Design Systems Inc. has appointed Leslie J. Rechan as senior vice president and general manager of Worldwide Field Operations for North America.

Elcoteq Personnel Reductions in Lohja Smaller Than Expected

(May 13, 2003) Helsinki, Finland — As a result of the personnel negotiations initiated in March, Elcoteq will cut 86 jobs in terminal products and communications network equipment production functions at the Lohja plants.

SMTA Announces SMTA International Conference Special Events

(May 13, 2003) Minneapolis — Featuring SMT, flip chip, MEMS, chip scale, BGA, automotive, lead-free, process control and more, SMTA International (September 21 through 25, Donald Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill.) is dedicated to surface mount, advanced packaging and related technologies.


ZESTRON Performs Testing With 10 Leading Stencil Manufacturers

(May 13, 2003) Ashburn, Va. — Stencils from the leading stencil manufacturers were recently tested for compatibility with ZESTRON and VIGON cleaning agents.

Applied Materials Dielectric Systems and Modules Win Supplier Excellence Award from Texas Instruments

(May 12, 2003) Santa Clara, Calif. — Applied Materials Inc. dielectric systems and modules received the prestigious Supplier Excellence Award from Texas Instruments (TI), an honor that is given annually to less than 1 percent of TI's suppliers.

Global Market for Industrial Gases to Reach $52 Billion by 2008, Says BCC Research

(May 12, 2003) Nowalk, Conn. — According to a soon-to-be-released report from Business Communications Co. Inc., RC-237 World Industrial Gas Business, the global market for industrial gases is currently estimated at $36 billion. The market is expected to reach nearly $52 billion by 2008, thereby growing at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 7.5 percent through the forecast period.

DEK Appoints New Stencil Manager

(May 12, 2003) Weymouth, UK — DEK has appointed Daniel Tan as branch manager of its new Memphis stencil design and manufacturing facility, which recently opened.

Universal Adds Product Support Status Tool to Web Site

(May 12, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. — Universal Instruments Corp. has launched a new Product Support Status Tool on its Web site.

Matheson Tri-Gas Receives 2003 Supplier Excellence Award

(May 9, 2003) Parsippany, N.J. — Matheson Tri-Gas Inc. was selected as this year's award winner in the category of "Special Achievement" by Analog Devices Inc.

Technology Road Shows Prove Successful for Universal

(May 9, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. — Universal Instruments announces the success of its first Technology Road Show events held in the Americas.

Applications for Ultrasonic Technology Continue to Emerge, Says BCC Research

(May 9, 2003) Nowalk, Conn. — According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Co. Inc., the ultrasonics market currently stands at $3.6 billion. This market is projected to grow at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 8.5 percent to reach $5.35 billion by 2008.

ISSYS Awarded New Fabrication Patents for Micro-Tubes

(May 9, 2003) Ypsilanti, Mich. — Integrated Sensing Systems Inc. (ISSYS) announces that the U.S Patent Office has granted a new design and fabrication patent entitled "Micromachined Fluidic Apparatus" (US Patent No. 6,477,901), which covers the manufacturing of stationary and free-standing micro-tubes as small as one-tenth of the thickness of a human hair.

EMC Global Technologies Announces Strategic Appointments

(May 8, 2003) Doylestown, Pa. — EMC Global Technologies Inc. has appointed Christopher P. Perry as national sales manager.


GPD Global Expands Alliance with Dou Yee Enterprises To Include China

(May 8, 2003) Grand Junction, Colo. and Singapore — GPD Global and Dou Yee Enterprises have expanded their alliance in the Asia/Pacific region to include China.

NEPCON West, Assembly West and Fiberoptic Automation Expo Postponed Indefinitely

(May 8, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. — NEPCON West, Assembly West 2003 and Fiberoptic Automation Expo, scheduled for October 28 through 29, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, in San Jose, Calif., have been postponed indefinitely.

Router Solutions and PCB CAM Solutions Form New Marketing and Support Partnership

(May 8, 2003) Newport Beach, Calif. and Winborne, Dorset, England — Router Solutions Inc. (RSI) and PCB CAM Solutions Ltd. (PCS) have formed a new partnership agreement.

Independent IP Providers to Reap Benefits as They Revolutionize the Semiconductor Industry, Says In-Stat/MDR

(May 7, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. — The need for independent Intellectual Property (IP) providers is more important today than ever before, according to In-Stat/MDR.

IPC Releases 2002/2003 Technology Roadmap, Provides Industry With Strategic Assistance for the Future

(May 7, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the release of The 2002/2003 National Technology Roadmap for Electronic Interconnections.

Mitutoyo America Creates Integrated Measuring Solutions Group

(May 7, 2003) Aurora, Ill. — Mitutoyo America Corp. has established an Integrated Measuring Solutions Group.

Newport Receives Patent Award for Load Port Latch Key Design on Automatic Door Opener

(May 7, 2003) Irvine, Calif. — Newport Corp. has been awarded U.S. patent no. 6,501,070 B1 for its 300 mm Front-Opening Unified Pod (FOUP) Load Port Latch Key design.

AOS Thermal Compounds Receives Thermal Grease Patent

(May 6, 2003) Eatontown, N.J. — AOS Thermal Compounds LLC was issued U.S. Patent No. 6,475,962 on November 5, 2002.

FeinFocus, Palomar Technologies Collaborate to Advance Process Development, Prototyping Services

(May 6, 2003) Garbsen, Germany and Vista, Calif. — FeinFocus USA and Palomar Technologies have teamed up to address the manufacturing challenges of the optoelectronics, MEMS/MOEMS and RF components markets.

Süleyman Tasçilar Joins Cobar Europe as Applications Engineer

(May 6, 2003) Breda, Holland — Cobar Europe announces that Süleyman Tasçilar has joined Cobar Europe as an applications engineer.


Solectron Forms Partnership with Leading Cell Phone Provider in China

(May 6, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. — Solectron Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture with Guangzhou Soutec (Group) Technology Co. Ltd. (Soutec), a leading cell phone provider in China.

Manufacturing, Healthcare Dominate Bluetooth Vertical Markets, Says In-Stat/MDR

(May 5, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. — Vertical markets such as healthcare, government, services, transportation/communications/utilities, manufacturing and mining, and retail will offer a myriad of opportunities for the deployment of Bluetooth, according to In-Stat/MDR.

Flextronics Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

(May 5, 2003) Singapore — Flextronics has announced results for the quarter and year ended March 31, 2003.

2003 IPC Designers Council Summit Sees Impressive Debut

(May 5, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries and its Designers Council report that the inaugural 2003 IPC Designers Council Summit successfully accomplished its goal of strengthening the design and manufacturing links of the printed circuit board (PCB) supply chain.

Degussa AG, LPKF Close License Negotiations

(May 5, 2003) Wilsonville, Ore. — A "know-how" transfer and license agreement has been established between Degussa AG and LPKF Laser & Electronics AG.

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

(May 2, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced the findings from its monthly Interconnect Manufacturing Services (IMS)/Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program.

AVX Corp. Announces Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results

(May 2, 2003) Myrtle Beach, S.C. — AVX Corp. reported that net sales were $261.2 million in the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2003 and $11 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003.

ITT Industries, Cannon Names Bruce Mendoza Director of Human Resources for Key Connector Sites

(May 2, 2003) Santa Ana, Calif. — ITT Industries, Cannon has appointed Bruce R. Mendoza as director of human resources for its connector operations here and in Nogales, Mexico.

Vitronics Soltec Appoints Thermo-Tech Co. Ltd. Sales and Service Rep for Japan

(May 2, 2003) Ooosterhout, The Netherlands and Tokyo — Vitronics Soltec has appointed Thermo-Tech Co. Ltd. as its sales and service representative in Japan effective May 1, 2003.

IPC PCQR2 Test Laboratory Established in Hong Kong

(May 1, 2003) Albuquerque and Northbrook, Ill. -- Conductor Analysis Technologies Inc. (CAT Inc.) and IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries have created the first test laboratory outside of the U.S. equipped to test the IPC Process Capability, Quality and Relative Reliability (PCQR2) test panels.


Speakers from Europe, The Americas and Japan at International Conference on Lead-free Electronics

(May 1, 2003) Brussels, Belgium -- An International Conference on Lead-free Electronics, jointly sponsored by IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries and SOLDERTEC, will be held at the Conrad Hotel here from June 10 through 12, 2003.

ITT Industries, Cannon Licenses Stratos Lightwave as Value-added Reseller of Optical Connectivity Solutions

(May 1, 2003) Santa Ana, Calif. -- ITT Industries, Cannon has appointed Stratos Lightwave Inc. as a value-added reseller of its PHD multi-channel optical interconnects system.

Technology Trends in Electronic Pressure Transducer and Transmitter Markets

(May 1, 2003) Natick, Mass. -- A three-volume market study by Venture Development Corp. evaluates and forecasts markets in the United States for various technologies used in electronics pressure sensing devices.

IPC, DPC Collaborate on Web Seminar

(April 30, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries and the Die Products Consortium (DPC) will co-sponsor a free online conference on the current state of bare die packaging.

Enhanced Systems Test & Metrology Lab Ensures Higher Quality Products for Newport Customers

(April 30, 2003) Irvine, Calif. -- Newport Corp. has opened its newly enhanced Systems Test & Metrology Lab.

Fiat Auto Selects Tecnomatix eMPower as Its Standard Tolerance Management Tool

(April 30, 2003) Nashua, N.H. -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. announces that long-time customer Fiat Auto S.p.A. will implement eMPower products to maintain high levels of quality assurance and improve their process validation.

Technical Air Products Expands Operations at New Facility

(April 30, 2003) Grand Rapids, Mich. -- Technical Air Products has expanded operations at a new location to increase its manufacturing capability and better service its customers.

Jenny Popp Is Promoted to Senior Associate Editor of Both Advanced Packaging and Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Magazines

(April 29, 2003) Nashua, N.H. -- Jenny Popp, a senior editorial staff member of SMT Magazine, has been promoted to Senior Associate Editor of Advanced Packaging and Surface Mount Technology (SMT) magazines.

Guide for U.S. High-Tech Companies Describes Far-Reaching Strategic Impact of European Environmental Laws

(April 29, 2003) Washington, D.C. -- A new guide published today reveals that the U.S. high-tech industry has less than two years to comply with two environmental laws that were adopted by the European Union (EU) Council of Ministers on February 13, 2003.

Advanced Ceramic and Nanoceramic Powders to Grow Over Next Four Years, Says BCC Research

(April 29, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Co. Inc. (BCC), RGB-102U Advanced Ceramic Powders and Nano Ceramic Powders, the total U.S. market for advanced ceramic powders in 2002, including nano-sized powders, is estimated to be 918 million pounds worth $1.6 billion.


Newport to Present on Advanced Manufacturing Techniques for Flip Chip Devices at Electro 2003

(April 29, 2003) Irvine, Calif. -- Daniel F. Crowley, director of sales at Newport/MRSI, a Newport Corp. company, will present a technical paper entitled "Advanced Manufacturing Techniques for Flip Chip Devices" at the technical conference of Electro 2003, at the Bayside Exposition Center, Boston, Mass., June 10 through 11, 2003.

A.P.E. Announces Completion of JSTD Certification

(April 28, 2003) Key Largo, Fla. -- A.P.E. South announces that all its field service engineers (FSEs) and regional sales managers have completed the Joint Industry Standard Instructor Course (IPC/EIA J-STD-001C).

Park Electrochemical Realigns North American FR-4 Business Operations

(April 28, 2003) Lake Success, N.Y. -- Park Electrochemical Corp. has realigned its North American FR-4 business operations located in Newburgh, N.Y. and Fullerton, Calif. and the establishment of a new business unit called "Nelco/North America."

Advanced Packaging and Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Magazines Announce Strategic Staff Changes

(April 28, 2003) Nashua, N.H. -- Advanced Packaging and Surface Mount Technology (SMT) magazines have announced the strategic appointments of Christine Della Monaca as Managing Editor of SMT magazine and Ryan Cliche as Managing Editor of Advanced Packaging magazine.

Epson, Tessera Sign New Licensing Agreement

(April 28, 2003) San Jose, Calif. and Japan -- Tessera Inc. has formed a new technology licensing agreement with Seiko Epson ("Epson").

Duraswitch Large-Key PushGate Used in New Treadmill Design

(April 25, 2003) Phoenix -- Duraswitch's patented Large-Key PushGate technology has been designed into a treadmill control panel.

IPC's Spring TMRC Conference: The Must See (or Not See) Event of 2003

(April 25, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries has released the agenda for the 2003 Spring Technology Market Research Council (TMRC) Meeting, taking place Tuesday, May 6.

Ken Cavallaro Launches Riverview Partners

(April 25, 2003) West Newbury, Mass. -- Ken Cavallaro, former president of Camelot Systems Inc, has launched Riverview Partners Inc., a strategic business development consulting company.

U.S. Demand for EMI/RFI Shielding Options to Exceed $600 Million by 2008, Says BCC Research

(April 24, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released updated report from Business Communications Co Inc., RGB-066Y EMI: Materials and Technologies, the U.S. demand for EMI/RFI shielding options was estimated at $523 million in 2002 and is expected to approach $630 million by 2008.

Andreas Moebius, Ph.D. Appointed Enthone R&D Fellow

(April 24, 2003) West Haven, Conn. -- Professor Andreas Moebius, Ph.D. has been appointed R&D fellow by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.


Senko Announces Wiring Systems Distribution Agreement with Sumitomo

(April 24, 2003) Erlanger, Ky. -- Effective February 1, 2003, SENKO America Corp. became the first non-exclusive North American distributor of the Sumitomo Wiring System (SWS) line of connector products.

Universal Instruments Launches Online Auction System

(April 24, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. -- Universal Instruments Corp. has added three of its latest Vantis Multipurpose surface mount placement systems to its new online auction site, which launched April 23.

Tastitalia to Promote Switch Solutions Using Duraswitch Technologies at Fortronic

(April 23, 2003) Phoenix -- Duraswitch licensee Tastitalia S.p.A. plans its next promotion of Duraswitch's state of the art technologies at Fortronic-Electronics Forum 2003, held May 7 through 9 in Padova, Italy (Pavilion 5, booth #C18/C19).

John Yim Appointed to Vice President Sales, Asia by Enthone

(April 23, 2003) West Haven, Conn. -- John Yim has been appointed vice president sales, Asia by Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business.

IPC Honors Best Papers at APEX 2003

(April 23, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries recognized the winners of this year's Best U.S. and International Papers at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2003, held March 29 through April 2, in Anaheim, Calif.

U.S. Pressure Switch Market Stands the Test of Time, According to VDC

(April 23, 2003) Natick, Mass. -- Despite growing competition from pressure transducers and transmitters, pressure switches will continue to find use in a variety of applications.

HID Corp. Acquires Card and Reader Business from Dorado

(April 22, 2003) Irvine, Calif. -- HID Corp., an ASSA ABLOY Group company, has acquired the card and reader business of Dorado Products Inc.

MEMS Continues Its Advance into Optical Networking

(April 22, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Despite the continued downturn in expenditures for telecom components, 2002 was surprisingly strong for suppliers of MEMS (microelectromechanical systems)-based solutions to the optical networking market, reports In-Stat/MDR.

IPC Honors Best Paper at IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003

(April 22, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries recognized the winner of this year's Best Paper in Conference award, as well as 32 individuals for their contribution to IPC and the electronics industry, at IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003, held March 23 through 27, in Long Beach, Calif.

SMTA Offers Sneak Preview of SMTA International

(April 22, 2003) Minneapolis -- SMTA is again co-locating its annual conference, SMTA International, with the Assembly Tech Expo (ATExpo) show this fall at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.


Motorola Receives First Molecular Imprint Imprio 100 Lithography Tool

(April 21, 2003) Austin, Texas — Molecular Imprints Inc. (MII) announces that Motorola Labs will take delivery on the first Step and Flash Imprint Lithography (S-FILTM) system, the Imprio 100.

Sanmina-SCI Facility to Implement Datasweep Performance Management Solutions to Collaborate with OEM Customers

(April 21, 2003) Montreal and San Jose, Calif. -- Sanmina-SCI Corp.'s Montreal facility will implement Datasweep Inc,'s Advantage suite to enable collaboration with certain participating customers.

Shipley Announces Distribution Agreement with Unichem Industries

(April 21, 2003) San Clemente, Calif. and Marlboro, Mass. -- Unichem Industries Inc. will operate as the exclusive distributor for Shipley Co. LLC's North American processing equipment used in the manufacture of printed wiring boards (PWBs).

Honda Chooses Teradyne Diagnostic Solutions as Its Next Generation Service Diagnostics Provider

(April 21, 2003) Manchester, England -- Honda Motor Co. Ltd. has selected Teradyne Diagnostic Solutions to develop its next generation diagnostic solutions for Honda and Acura service dealerships worldwide.

Global Pricing Model Debunks Myths About Electronics Manufacturing Costs Around the World

(April 21, 2003) Alameda, Calif. -- In May, Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI) will release the first comprehensive study comparing electronics manufacturing pricing in dozens of countries around the world.

Amphenol Reports 2003 First Quarter Results

(April 18, 2003) Wallingford, Conn. -- Amphenol Corp. reported that first quarter 2003 diluted earnings per share increased 35 percent to 54 cents compared to 40 cents per share for the 2002 period.

IPC Honors 66 Members at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2003

(April 18, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries honored 66 individuals at IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2003, held March 29 through April 2, in Anaheim, Calif., for their contributions to IPC and the electronics industry.

LASER World of Photonics Focuses on Research and Applications

(April 18, 2003) Munich, Germany -- Photonics research, trends, financing and applications will be the focus of industry events held in conjunction with LASER. World of Photonics, the world's largest trade show for optical technology.

O'Neill, Simone Join Board of Directors of Newport Corp.

(April 18, 2003) Irvine, Calif. -- Michael T. O'Neill and Peter J. Simone have joined Newport Corp.'s Board of Directors.

Celestica Announces First Quarter Financial Results

(April 17, 2003) Toronto -- Celestica Inc. has announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2003.


National Quality Assurance Recommends EWI for ISO 9001:2000/AS9100A

(April 17, 2003) Orlando, Fla. and Acton, Mass. -- Electro World Inc. (EWI) has been recommended for ISO 9001:2000/AS9100A certification by National Quality Assurance USA.

IPC Seeking Volunteers for 2003 Annual Meeting and Technical Conference

(April 17, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces a call for participation in its 2003 Annual Meeting and Technical Conference, taking place September 28 through October 2, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Photronics Prices $125 Million of Convertible Subordinated Notes

(April 17, 2003) Brookfield, Conn. -- Photronics Inc. announces the pricing of its offering of $125 million of 21/4 percent Convertible Subordinated Notes due 2008 to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933.

Cogiscan Names Benoit Ouellet as Software Engineering Manager

(April 16, 2003) Quebec -- Cogiscan has appointed Benoit Ouellet as software engineering manager for their complete line of material tracking and control systems.

Solectron to Pay Cash for Notes Due in 2020

(April 16, 2003) Milpitas, Calif. -- Solectron Corp. intends to use cash to meet any obligations to repurchase its zero-coupon senior convertible notes due in May 2020.

AeA Teams up with B2Gsource and Federal Sources to Connect Members to Government Business Opportunies

(April 16, 2003) Washington, D.C. -- Recognizing a much-needed revenue source, AeA is teaming up with two companies -- B2Gsource Inc and Federal Sources Inc (FSI) --- to connect its members with government business opportunities.

Oki Achieves Zero Emissions in All Major Manufacturing Facilities in Japan

(April 16, 2003) Tokyo -- Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. announces its facility in Numazu for development and manufacturing of transportation systems and acoustic positioning systems achieved zero emissions in the second half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2003.

Indigo Systems Acquires Florida-based Engineering Group

(April 15, 2003) Goleta, Calif. -- Indigo Systems has acquired the Applied Technology Division of Florida's Control Systems Research Inc.

Advanced Interconnect Technologies Consolidates, Expands Assembly and Test Operations in Indonesia

(April 15, 2003) Pleasanton, Calif. -- Advanced Interconnect Technologies (AIT) will consolidate and expand its assembly and test operations in its factory in Batam, Indonesia.

Matheson Tri-Gas, Matheson Gas Products Korea Announce Completion of High Purity Ammonia Facility

(April 15, 2003) Parsippany, N.J. -- Matheson Tri-Gas Inc.and its subsidiary in Korea, Matheson Gas Products Korea have completed a new high purity ammonia facility located in Chonan, Korea.


Tecnomatix Listed Among Leading PLM Vendors by Noted Analyst Firm

(April 15, 2003) Nashua, N.H. -- Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. has been included in Gartner's latest Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Magic Quadrant.

Global Robotics to Nearly Double to $16 Billion Industry by 2007, Says BCC Research

(April 14, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- According to a soon-to-be-released report from Business Communications Co. Inc., RG-270 Robots/Automation Devices, the current global robotics market, which is composed of both whole robots and robot parts, is estimated at more than $8 billion. It is estimated to reach $16 billion by 2007 as it grows at an average annual growth rate of 14.7 percent through the forecast period.

Motorola Honors 12 Companies With Supplier Performance Awards

(April 14, 2003) Austin, Texas -- Twelve companies were recently honored by Motorola Inc.'s Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS) with the company's prestigious Supplier Performance Excellence Awards.

Tyco Electronics Automation Group, Mirae Enter Distribution Agreement

(April 14, 2003) Harrisburg, Pa. and Korea -- Tyco Electronics Automation Group has entered into a distribution agreement with Mirae Corp.

Brady and ZESTRON Update Compatibility Testing

(April 14, 2003) Ashburn, Va. -- After many years of successful collaboration, Brady Corp., a world leader in identification solutions and ZESTRON have successfully completed an extensive update of their compatibility testing.

BizLink Technology Receives Sony Green Partner Authentication

(April 14, 2003) Fremont, Calif. -- BizLink Technology has received Green Partner Authentication from Sony Corp. for its main manufacturing facility in Shenzhen, China.

IPC Releases Attendance Numbers for APEX 2003

(April 11, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries reports that 3,600 attendees gathered in Anaheim, Calif., for IPC SMEMA Council's APEX 2003, held March 31 through April 2.

Norplex Acquires the Micarta Product Group in Hampton, S.C.

(April 11, 2003) Postville, Iowa -- The Industrial Laminates/Norplex Inc. (ILN), Division of Industrial Dielectrics Inc., acquired the assets of Nevamar's industrial laminates production, located in Hampton, S.C.

Universal Instruments Institutes Regional Sales Changes

(April 11, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. -- Universal Instruments announces the retirement of Neil Murphy from the company after more than 27 years of service.

New SMTA Online Presentations a Success

(April 11, 2003) Minneapolis -- The SMTA has launched all-new online presentations featuring instructors who, for approximately 90 minutes each, speak on a timely and specific topic.


IPC Releases Attendance Numbers for IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003

(April 10, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries reports that more than 3,000 visitors gathered in Long Beach, Calif., for IPC Printed Circuits Expo 2003, held March 23 through 27.

ITT Industries, Cannon Promotes Olivier Duperray to Chief Operating Officer

(April 10, 2003) Santa Ana, Calif. -- ITT Industries Inc. has promoted Olivier Duperray to senior vice president & chief operating officer -- worldwide for its Electronic Components (Cannon) segment, which includes its connector and switch businesses.

PXI Systems Alliance Releases New PXI Specifications

(April 10, 2003) San Diego -- The PXI Systems Alliance (PXISA) has released new PXI specifications that enhances the requirements and separates the hardware and software specifications, allowing each to evolve separately in the future as required by PXI standards.

V.J. ElectroniX Buys Teradyne's Manual X-Ray and Rework Systems Business Units

(April 10, 2003) Bohemia, N.Y. -- V.J. ElectroniX, a division of V.J. Technologies Inc., has acquired Teradyne's manual X-ray inspection systems business, part of the former NIS business, and the SRT rework systems business.

Frost & Sullivan Honors Omron with AOI Equipment Market Engineering Leadership Award

(April 9, 2003) Schaumburg, Ill. -- Omron Corp. is the recipient of the 2003 Frost & Sullivan Market Engineering Leadership Award for the automated optical inspection (AOI) equipment market.

Palomar Forms The One Alliance

(April 9, 2003) Vista, Calif. -- Palomar Technologies has established The One Allaince with its alliance companies, Axys Technologies, Creative Automation and ILX Lightwave, to become the first in photonic assembly to integrate multiple machines and processes in a complete assembly line.

Viscom Appoints Salewski to Support Expansion in US Market

(April 9, 2003) Norcross, Ga. -- As part of its 2003 initiative to expand in the U.S. market, Viscom AG has appointed Carsten Salewski to support the Hanover, Germany-based company's branch offices, including the company's U.S. headquarters, and to fortify the company's presence in the U.S.

Interbiotics Launches New Board Testing Capability for Merix

(April 9, 2003) Albuquerque -- Introbotics Corp. announces a new capability to test 100 percent of bare printed wiring boards for controlled impedance for Merix Corp.

Celestica Selects Agilent's New Automated X-Ray Test System

(April 8, 2003) Palo Alto, Calif. -- Celestica has selected Agilent Technologies Inc.'s 5DX Series 5000XL automated X-ray test system to create a complete test solution for complex printed circuit assemblies (PCAs).

2002 NEMI Roadmap Points to Areas of Opportunity for Industry

(April 8, 2003) Herndon, Va. -- Although the downturn in the electronics industry has delayed deployment of many technologies, there are still areas that promise potential growth, according to the 2002 roadmap of the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI).


BAE Systems Orders X-Tek Hawk X-Ray Inspection System

(April 8, 2003) Tyngsboro, Mass. -- BAE Systems Controls had ordered one of X-Tek's latest generation Hawk 160 X-ray inspection systems.

JDS Uniphase Selects National Instruments LabVIEW for Its Fiber Optic Instrumentation Platform

(April 8, 2003) Austin, Texas -- National Instruments' LabVIEW graphical development software has been selected by JDS Uniphase Corp. as the preferred environment for use with the JDS Uniphase multiple application platform (MAP) fiberoptic test product line.

UDC Lead Scientist Elected to National Academy of Engineering

(April 7, 2003) Ewing, N.J. -- Stephen R. Forrest, Ph.D., professor of electrical engineering at Princeton University and the lead scientist from Princeton University in its partnership with Universal Display Corp. (UDC) was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Valor Announces ISO 9001 Certification for Its Dedicated VPL, Appoints Divisional Head

(April 7, 2003) California -- Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. has initiated divisional spin-off for its Valor Parts Library (VPL) and appointed Ovadia Ovadia to head the new VPL Division.

2003 IRPS Kicks Off 41st Annual Event

(April 7, 2003) Dallas -- The 41st Annual IEEE 2003 International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS) opened Sunday, March 30, at the Hyatt Regency, Dallas, Texas, to robust attendance and a record number of papers and presentations, more than 140 in total.

New 3M Division Focuses Multiple Resources on Solutions for the Worldwide Electronics Market

(April 7, 2003) St. Paul, Minn. -- 3M has formed the Electronics Markets Materials Division to help engineers worldwide put 3M solutions to work.

Nepcon Shanghai/EMT China 2003 to Proceed as Planned

(April 4, 2003) Shanghai -- Nepcon Shanghai/EMT China will proceed as planned, from April 8 through 11, 2003, at Shanghai Everbright.

SMTA Recognizes Pan Pacific Symposium Speaker

(April 4, 2003) Minneapolis -- To reward exceptional achievement recently at the SMTA Pan Pacific Symposium (February 18 through 20 at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel on the Kohala Coast of the Island of Hawaii), Dave Gagnon, 3M Co., was named winner of the Best of Conference Award.

Elcoteq Sponsors Technology Forecasters' Quarterly Forum for Electronics Manufacturers Outsourcing and Supply Chain

(April 4, 2003) Alameda, Calif. -- Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI) announces that Elecoteq Network Corp. is a corporate sponsor of the September 20, 2003, Quarterly Forum for Electronics Manufacturers Outsourcing and Supply Chain program.

EXFO Awarded By Frost & Sullivan for Market Penetration

(April 3, 2003) San Jose, Calif. -- Frost & Sullivan has announced EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. as recipient of the 2003 Market Penetration Award in the optical test equipment market.


Merix Reports Results for the Third Quarter of Fiscal 2003

(April 3, 2003) Forest Grove, Ore. -- Merix Corp. has reported results for its third quarter ended March 1, 2003.

Photronics Focused on Returning to Profitability by July 2003

(April 3, 2003) Brookfield, Conn. -- Photronics Inc. announced its plans to further streamline its operating infrastructure in North America by ceasing the manufacture of photomasks at its Phoenix, Ariz. facility.

Park Electrochemical Closes Dielektra's Mass Lamination Operation

(April 2, 2003) Lake Success, N.Y. -- Park Electrochemical Corp. announced that Dielektra GmbH is closing its mass lamination operation.

Richardson Electronics Announces Representation Agreement with iTerra Communciations

(April 2, 2003) LaFox, Ill. and Fremont, Calif. -- Richardson Electronics has signed a distribution agreement with iTerra Communications, LLC.

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. Purchases Multiple Teradyne Logic and Mixed-Signal Test Systems

(April 2, 2003) Shanghai -- Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) of Shanghai, China has purchased multiple logic and mixed-signal test systems for a range of applications at wafer test from Teradyne.

Northrop Grumman Receives Intel's Prestigious Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement Award

(April 2, 2003) Des Plaines, Ill. -- Northrop Grumman Corp. has received Intel Corp.'s prestigious 2002 Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year.

Dow Corning Wins Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier Award

(April 1, 2003) Auburn, Mich. -- Dow Corning Corp. was named a recipient of Intel Corp.'s Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for outstanding performance in providing products and services deemed essential to Intel's success.

Elcoteq Announces the Decisions of Its Annual Meeting

(April 1, 2003) Helsinki, Finland -- Elcoteq Network Corp.'s Annual General Meeting took place in Helsinki, Finland, on March 26, 2003.

FKI Logistex Alvey Systems Appoints New Joint Marketing Manager for FKI Logistek Alvey and White Systems

(April 1, 2003) St. Louis -- Alvey Systems, an FKI Logistex member company has appointed Kevin Kozuszek as manager of marketing communications for FKI Logistex Alvey Systems and White Systems, key members of the FKI Logistex Manufacturers Team.

HID Creates New Technical Training Position to Support iCLASS Contactless Smart Card Technology

(April 1, 2003) Irvine, Calif. -- Bill Richardson has been hired as HID's technical training manager to educate customers about iCLASS 13.56 MHz contactless smart card technology, as well as all current and new HID products.


SMT China Magazine Launch a Huge Success

(March 31, 2003) Nashua, N.H. -- PennWell Corp. announces that its premiere issue of SMT China is a huge success, closing with more than 15 participating advertisers in an 80-page folio dedicated to surface mount technology and electronics assembly in China.

EWI to Present Two Sessions at Assembly East Conference Program

(March 31, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. -- Edison Welding Institute (EWI) will again be a contributor of the Assembly East Conference by presenting two educational sessions.

Asyst Technologies, Solectron Begin Volume Production of Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment in Singapore

(March 31, 2003) Singapore -- Asyst Technologies Inc. and Solectron Corp. have unveiled a new, state-of-the-art clean room that represents the largest commitment ever to the production of semiconductor manufacturing equipment in Singapore.

Datcom Institutes Job Cuts, Streamlining in Radfeld and Singapore

(March 31, 2003) Radfeld, Austria -- In the coming weeks, Datacon Technology AG will implement measures that will lead to a tighter and more efficient organization and reduced costs.

YESTech Launches at APEX 2003 with Advanced X-Ray and AOI Inspection Systems

(March 31, 2003) Anaheim, Calif. -- YESTech has made its official launch with the introduction of two advanced new products at APEX 2003, North America's largest exhibition and conference on electronics manufacturing and testing.

IMS Rated 100 Percent/A+ by Interpoint

(March 28, 2003) Portsmouth, R.I. -- International Manufacturing Services Inc. (IMS) has been rated 100 percent or A+ by its customer Interpoint, a Crane Co. company, in a recent Vendor Performance Report.

Industry Pioneer Harold H. Powell Dies

(March 28, 2003) Philadelphia -- Harold H. Powell, founder and Chairman of the Board of Powell Electronics Inc., died Friday, March 21, in Miami, Fla.

SMTA Technical Committee Dedicated to Strongest Technical Conference Yet

(March 28, 2003) Minneapolis -- The SMTA has formed the SMTA International Technical Committee for 2003.

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

(March 27, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. -- IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries announced today the findings from its monthly Interconnect Manufacturing Services (IMS)/Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program.

ASAT Holdings Ltd to Present at Credit Suisse First Boston Asian Investment Conference

(March 27, 2003) Hong Kong and Fremont, Calif. -- ASAT Holdings Ltd. will present at the Credit Suisse First Boston Asian Investment Conference on Thursday, March 27 at 3:15 p.m. Hong Kong time (2:15 a.m. Eastern Time).


EXFO Receives $1.6 Million Order from Tier 1 Network Service Provider

(March 27, 2003) Quebec City -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has received a US $1.6 million order from a prominent Tier 1 network service provider (NSP) for predominantly protocol-layer test equipment.

KEMET Names Graves President and Chief Executive Officer

(March 27, 2003) Greenville, S.C. -- KEMET Corp. announces that Jeffrey Graves, Ph.D. has been named president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.

Asymtek Wins Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier Award

(March 26, 2003) Carlsbad, Calif. -- Asymtek, a Nordson company, was named a recipient of Intel Corp.'s Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for outstanding performance in providing products and services deemed essential to Intel's success.

Gearing Up for the Challenge Keeps DiagnoSYS Systems on the Move

(March 26, 2003) Kissimmee, Fla. -- Acquiring the board test and telecom division of a major competitor last fall marked the start of a number of changes for DiagnoSYS Systems.

Supply Chain Requirements Now Include Environmental Hurdles, Says Technology Forecasters

(March 26, 2003) Alameda, Calif. -- Customers' supply-chain requirements include more than price, specification, and availability today, according to the study "Creating Business Value through Strategic Supply-Chain Partnerships" from Technology Forecasters Inc.

Construction Completed on Omron's Keihanna Technology Innovation Center

(March 26, 2003) Tokyo -- As part of its celebration marking 70 years since its establishment, construction of Omron's new Keihanna Technology Innovation Center in Kansai Science City (region in western Japan encompassing parts of Osaka, Kyoto and Nara) was completed on Monday.

EV Group Supports Waseda University on Nanotechnology Research

(March 25, 2003) Scharding, Austria -- EV Group (EVG) has shipped and installed a complete product line for nanoimprinting, hot embossing, spray coating and wafer alignment at Waseda University Japan.

Indigo Systems Awarded F-35 JSF Contract by Northrop Grumman to Deliver Infrared Sensors

(March 25, 2003) Goleta, Calif. -- Indigo Systems was awarded a major contract by Northrop Grumman Corp., Electronic Systems to deliver infrared (IR) Integrated Detective Assemblies (IDAs) for the 21st century F-35 joint strike fighter (JSF) program.

SMTA Opens China Office in Shenzhen

(March 25, 2003) Minneapolis -- The SMTA has opened an office in Shenzhen to meet the needs of industry professionals in Southern China.

NEMI Plans Optoelectronics 'Gap Analysis' Meeting, Discusses Findings of 2002 NEMI Roadmap at Upcoming Conferences

(March 25, 2003) Herndon, Va. -- The National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI) will present findings from the optoelectronics chapter of its 2002 roadmap and discuss the consortium's optoelectronics initiatives at two industry venues this spring.


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