Celestica Executive to Deliver PCB East 2003 Keynote Address
(August 26, 2003) Atlanta — Dan Shea, senior vice president and group general manager of Celestica Inc., will deliver the keynote address at PCB Design Conference East 2003 on Tuesday, October 21, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Boxborough Woods Holiday Inn in Boxborough, Mass.
Polyclad Laminates to Close Nantes, France Operation
(August 26, 2003) Londonderry, N.H. — Polyclad Laminates,Inc., a Cookson Electronics PWB Materials & Chemistry business, intends to close its Nantes, France operation.
Sypris Electronics Awarded Contract by Raytheon
(August 26, 2003) Louisville, Ky. — Sypris Solutions Inc.'s subsidiary, Sypris Electronics, has been awarded a contract by the Network Centric Systems division of Raytheon Co. to manufacture electronic assemblies for use in the development of the Navy's integrated air defense network.
Structured ASIC Products to Experience 145 Percent CAGR, Says In-Stat
(August 25, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. — With their use of a true standard cell approach that affords a relatively large number of gates to program, while also including certain embedded hard-core functions such as static RAM and/or MPU, worldwide merchant market dollar shipments of structured ASIC products are forecast to grow from the $5.2 million reached last year, to $460.3 million by 2007.
Shift of Manufacturing Facilities to the Asia-Pacific Region Impacts ATE Markets, Says Frost & Sullivan
(August 25, 2003) Palo Alto, Calif. — The increasing shift of manufacturing facilities to low-cost areas, primarily China, is forcing vendors of automated testing equipment (ATE) for printed circuit boards (PCB) to re-think their business strategies to suit the new cultural environment.
NARM Names Boyce as Interim Executive Director
(August 21, 2003) Arlington, Va. — The National Association of Relay Manufacturers (NARM), an affiliate member of the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA), has appointed Jeffrey W. Boyce as interim executive director.
World Market for Screen Printer Equipment Shows Signs of Recovery, Says Dedalus Consulting
(August 21, 2003) Forest Hills, N.Y. — The world market for screen printer equipment has begun to see recovery in 2003, driven mostly by electronics manufacturing in Asia, according to a new report.
Flint Ink Launches PRECISIA LLC
(August 21, 2003) Ann Arbor, Mich. — Flint Ink has launched a separate business unit, PRECISIA LLC, in conjunction with its multimillion-dollar commitment to be the leading provider of conductive and advanced printing inks, and printed electronics technology and processes.
ElectroniCast's ASIC Forecast Identifies Recession's Impact on Optoelectronic ASIC Markets
(August 20, 2003) San Mateo, Calif. — ElectroniCast forecasts a minor improvement of global shipment value of optoelectronic application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) in 2003, with a return to substantial growth from 2004 to 2007.
Namics Technologies Appoints Vice President — General Manager
(August 20, 2003) Santa Clara, Calif. — Namics Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Namics Corp., has named Richard C. Jensen as vice president — general manager.
Universal Display Named One of New Jersey's Fastest Growing Technology Companies in Deloitte & Touche's Technology Fast 50 Program
(August 20, 2003) Ewing, N.J. — Universal Display Corp. has been named to Deloitte & Touche's prestigious Technology Fast 50 Program for New Jersey, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the area by Deloitte & Touche LLP, one of the nation's leading professional services firms.
MEMS Still Solid Business Opportunity, Says In-Stat
(August 19, 2003) Scottsdale, Ariz. — Although a number of significant milestones were achieved in 2002, this past year was one of the toughest, to date, for those in the MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) industry, reports In-Stat/MDR.
ATS Reports Improving Performance
(August 18, 2003) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada — ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. has reported net earnings of $2.2 million (4 cents per share basic and diluted), on revenues of $148.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2003, as well as strong new automation systems order bookings of approximately $73 million in the opening six weeks of the second quarter.
Riverview Partners Publishes 'Entrepreneurial Secrets'
(August 18, 2003) West Newbury, Mass. — Ken Cavallaro, president of Riverview Partners Inc., has published "Entrepreneurial Secrets," a special report on the secrets of successful entrepreneurship.
Cookson Electronics Acquires Worldwide License for GETEK and GETEK II Laminate and Prepeg Materials
(August 14, 2003) Londonderry, N.H. and Coshocton, Ohio — In a move to further broaden its product offerings in high-end, high-performance PWB applications, Cookson Electronics Inc. intends to enter into a license agreement with GE Electromaterials, a business component of GE Plastics.
Kester Paper to be Presented at Conference on Lead-free Electronics
(August 14, 2003) Des Plaines, Ill. — Northrop Grumman Corp. announces that Kester's Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, David Torp has written a key paper that Product Manager Fritz Byle will present at the upcoming "Making the Leap to Lead-free" conference on lead-free electronics, co-sponsored by IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries and Maxtor Colorado Corp.,
DEK Global Results Hint at Market's Return
(August 13, 2003) Flemington, N.J. — DEK has seen sales figures from its Asia-Pacific, European and American businesses showing month-on-month growth in unit sales for the first half of 2003, and promising improvements in a market that has been plagued by sagging economics and gross overcapacity for an unprecedented period of time.
QTS Inc. Relocates Headquarters to Medfield, Mass.
(August 13, 2003) Medfield, Mass. — QTS Inc. has relocated their headquarters to 99 West Street, Medfield, Mass., from their previous headquarters in East Walpole, Mass.
Electronic Component Orders Stay Steady in July, Says ECA
(August 12, 2003) Arlington, Va. — Electronic component orders remained steady in July, according to the monthly index issued by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA).
IPC TMRC Meeting Considers Potential for Wireless Infrastructure in North American Interconnect Industry
(August 12, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces the schedule for its fall Technology Market Research Council (TMRC) Meeting, taking place October 1 through 2, 2003, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn., in conjunction with the 2003 IPC Annual Meeting.
KEMET Announces David Gable to Succeed Retiring CFO Ray Cash
(August 12, 2003) Greenville, S.C. — KEMET Corp. announces that David E. Gable, CPA, will be named vice president and chief financial officer, upon the retirement of current senior vice president and chief financial officer D. Ray Cash on September 1, 2003.
Park Electrochemical Elects New CFO
(August 12, 2003) Lake Success, N.Y. — Park Electrochemical Corp. has elected Murray O. Stamer as chief financial officer, as well as senior vice president, of the company.
Vitronics Soltec Ships 1,000th XPM Series Convection Reflow System
(August 11, 2003) Stratham, N.H. — Vitronics Soltec announces the shipment and delivery of its 1,000th XPM Series convection reflow soldering system.
IPC Conference Seek to Keep America Safe
(August 11, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces a call for participation in its inaugural National Conference on Electronic Packaging for Homeland Security, which takes place October 14 through 15, 2003, in Gaithersburg, Md.
Agilent First to Offer Worldwide, Fully Conformant ISO 17025 Calibration Services for Complex Electronic Test Instruments
(August 8, 2003) Palo Alto, Calif. — Agilent Technologies Inc. announces that it is the first to offer worldwide, fully conformant ISO 17025 calibration services for complex electronic test instruments.
TRC Receives $2.9 Million in Military Orders
(August 7, 2003) Clearwater, Fla. — Technology Research Corp. (TRC) has received $2,923,841 in new orders from two Department of Defense (DoD) prime contractors for additional 3KW TQG, 5/10/15KW TQG and 30/60KW TQG control equipment plus Spare Parts Support requirements from the DoD.
IMS Appoints M&S Sales Representative for the Midwest
(August 6, 2003) Portsmouth, R.I. and Palatine, Ill. — International Manufacturing Services Inc. (IMS) has appointed M&S Sales Inc. to represent the IMS product line in the U.S. Midwest, the territory encompassing the state of Illinois and designated parts of Wisconsin.
Productronica Draws Leading U.S. Companies to Munich
(August 6, 2003) Munich, Germany — Productronica, the world's largest trade show for electronics production, will take place November 11 through 14, 2003, here.
Comparisons Made Between Mexico, China and Eastern Europe for Electronics Manufacturing by TFI
(August 6, 2003) Alameda, Calif. — According to new studies by Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI), electronics manufacturing companies have more choices than ever for low-cost manufacturing, yet also have the most pressure to choose the best-suited regions for manufacturing.
Nordson B.V. Raises Funds for Dutch Heart Foundation
(August 5, 2003) Maatricht, The Netherlands — On Sunday, July 6, Nordson B.V. employees participated in a spinning marathon for the benefit of the Dutch Heart Foundation.
IPC Offers Second Glimpse Into Future
(August 5, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries will hold a second free webcast, sponsored by General Electric, to discuss additional segments of the 2002-2003 IPC National Technology Roadmap for Electronic Interconnections on Thursday, August 21, 2003, from 11 a.m. to noon, CST.
2003 Management Council Meetings Designed to Foster Growth Within Four Industry Sectors
(August 4, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced the schedule of its Management Council Meetings, taking place Tuesday, September 30, as part of the 2003 IPC Annual Meeting at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
NEC, Solectron to Collaborate in Total Supply Chain Management of 3G Mobile Terminals
(August 4, 2003) Tokyo and Milpitas, Calif. — NEC Corp. (NEC) and Solectron Corp. have formed an agreement in principle for Solectron to provide manufacturing and after-sales services for NEC's advanced Internet-enabled handsets.
Dow Corning Reports Growth in Sales, Profits for Second Quarter 2003
(July 31, 2003) Midland, Mich. — Dow Corning Corp. has reported consolidated net income of $54 million for the second quarter of 2003, 17 percent higher than the $46 million net income reported in same quarter of 2002, after excluding restructuring expenses incurred in 2002.
GSI Lumonics Broadens Reach in Asia-Pacific by Adding Kestronics Group as Distributor
(July 31, 2003) Wilmington, Mass. and Singapore — GSI Lumonics Inc. announces expanded sales and product support across the Asia-Pacific region, including mainland China, through a distribution agreement with Kestronics (S) Pte. Ltd.
U.S. Electronic Pressure Sensing Device Markets Fragmented or Concentrated, Study Says
(July 31, 2003) Natick, Mass. — A recent market study by Venture Development Corp. (VDC) found the overall U.S. market for pressure transducers, transmitter and component level sensors totaled almost $1.3 billion in 2003.
Cookson Electronics Announces Portfolio Restructuring
(July 30, 2003) Foxboro, Mass. — As part of a wide restructuring plan, Cookson Electronics, a division of Cookson Group plc., is exiting and selling its equipment business.
Plextek Joins Mentor Graphics FPGA Partner Program
(July 30, 2003) Wilsonville, Ore. — Mentor Graphics Corp. announces that Plextek, a leading electronics design consultancy, has joined its FPGA Advantage Solutions Thrust (FAST) Partner Program, expanding the program's reach in Europe.
Aries Electronics Adds Component Technology to Representation Network, Covering Southern States
(July 29, 2003) Frenchtown, N.J. and Parker, Texas — Aries Electronics announces that Component Technology Inc. has joined Aries' manufacturers representative network, covering Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
AVX Corp. Announces First Quarter Results
(July 29, 2003) Myrtle Beach, S.C. — AVX Corp. reported that net sales were $256.7 million in the first quarter ended June 30, 2003, declining 2 percent compared to the previous quarter as a result of weaker than expected demand in June.
SMTA Issues Pan Pacific Symposium Call for Papers
(July 28, 2003) Minneapolis — SMTA is seeking papers for the Ninth Annual Pan Pacific Symposium, which takes place February 10 through 12, 2004, in Kahuku, Ohau, Hawaii.
EMI Wins Manufacturing Services Contract with VersaLogic
(July 24, 2003) Santa Ana, Calif. — Express Manufacturing Inc. (EMI) has won a contract to provide electronics manufacturing services to VersaLogic Corp., a leading supplier of embedded computers to industrial control, military, aerospace and medical OEMs.
SMTA Pan Pacific Event Provides Exposure
(July 24, 2003) Minneapolis — The Ninth Annual Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium and Exhibit (February 10 through 12, 2004, at the Turtle Bay Resort on Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii) is an international event promoting the exchange of technical information and provides a forum for extensive networking among microelectronics professionals.
DEK Forms Sales and Marketing Agreement with Ovation Products
(July 23, 2003) Flemington, N.J. — DEK has expanded its range of advanced tooling options through a joint sales and marketing agreement with Ovation Products, a division of Airline Hydraulics Corp., to expand the choices available to customers selecting tooling for DEK printers.
Universal Teams with CALCE to Enhance Packaging, Assembly Analysis
(July 22, 2003) Binghamton, N.Y. — Universal Instruments Surface Mount Technology Laboratories and the CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Center (EPSC) at the University of Maryland have agreed to cooperate on research projects into reliability and manufacturability in packaging and assembly.
U.S. Companies Set to Do Business at Upcoming electronicAmericas
(July 22, 2003) São Paulo, Brazil — About 40 U.S. companies are expected to exhibit at electronicAmericas, an international trade show for components, assemblies, electronics production and laser technology.
Mainland China's Integrated Circuit Consumption to Grow at 20 Percent Annually Through 2005, Says New Report
(July 21, 2003) New York — Global Sources Ltd. has released Electronics Industry Outlook: China, the second annual report that provides an in-depth analysis of mainland China's electronics industry.
IPC Leads Expedition Through Exotic Interconnections, Advanced Process Capabilities
(July 18, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries has announced the technical conference sessions to be presented Tuesday, September 30 through Wednesday, October 1, at the 2003 IPC Annual Meeting, which takes place at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
YESTech Wins Contract with Accutron to Provide AOI Systems
(July 18, 2003) San Clemente, Calif. and Windsor, Conn. — YESTech has won a contract to provide automated optical inspection (AOI) systems to Accutron, a manufacturing and product development services provider.
AeA to Help Tech Companies Shape and Measure Value of Tuition Assistance Programs
(July 17, 2003) Washington, D.C. — AeA, the nation's largest high-tech trade association, has teamed up with Cenquest, a Managed Education solution provider, to help tech companies get a better return on education spending.
Techdyne Announces Strategic Acquisition
(July 17, 2003) Hialeah, Fla. — Techdyne Inc. has acquired AG Technologies Inc., an international, value-added provider of comprehensive electronic manufacturing services (EMS), with facilities in the United States and Matamoros, Mexico, as well as extensive manufacturing and design relationships in Asia.
BOC Acquires Precision Cleaning from ATS
(July 15, 2003) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada — ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. has sold the intellectual property and key operating assets of its Eco-Snow Systems Inc. division to The BOC Group for US $6.4 million as part of a new strategic alliance between the two companies.
Start of Embedded in Munich Postponed Until November 2004
(July 15, 2003) Munich — Messe München GmbH and CMP Media have decided to postpone the start of the Embedded in Munich with Embedded Systems Conference Munich, originally scheduled for November 11 through 14, 2003, until 2004.
IPC Quells Flames of Halogen-free Issue
(July 14, 2003) Northbrook, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces its strong support for the use of today's halogen flame retardants in the manufacture of printed circuit boards (PCBs) and assemblies in its recently released IPC-WP/TR-584, IPC White Paper and Technical Report on Halogen-Free Materials Used for Printed Circuit Boards and Assemblies.
Biomedical Display Devices to Grow an Average of 35 Percent per Year Through 2007, Says BCC Research
(July 14, 2003) Norwalk, Conn. — According to a soon-to-be-released report from Business Communications Co. Inc., RB-162 Biomedical Applications of Nanoscale Devices, the worldwide market for nanoscale devices and molecular modeling is expected to rise at an AAGR (average annual growth rate) of 27.5 percent from $406 million in 2002 to $1.37 billion in 2007.
ITT Industries Names Reichelderfer President of ITT Industries, Cannon
(July 14, 2003) Santa Ana, Calif. — ITT Industries Inc. has named Brenda L. Reichelderfer, senior vice president of the corporation, to president of ITT Cannon.
EKRA, Speedline Technologies Form Technology Cross-Licensing Agreement
(July 14, 2003) Bonnigheim, Germany — EKRA and Speedline Technologies Inc., also known as Cookson Electronics Equipment (CEE), have formed an agreement between the two companies to cross-license patented technologies relating to screen and stencil printing technology.
June Keeps Electronic Component Orders in Slumber, Says ECA
(July 11, 2003) Arlington, Va. — Summer has arrived and brought familiar news to the electronic components industry: flat orders in June, according to the monthly index issued by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA).
Research Shows Terminology, Product Complexity Impacting Adoption of New Technologies Worldwide
(July 11, 2003) Sunnyvale, Calif. — A new study from the AMD Global Consumer Advisory Board (GCAB), released during its biannual meeting this year in Stockholm, Sweden, reveals
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.